Identification Numbers

Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number: The Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number is a unique nine-character identification number provided by The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (D&B). If you do not have a DUNS number, call Dun and Bradstreet at 1-866-705-5711 or 610-882-7000 to request one. Be prepared to provide an address, telephone number, business start date, and type of business. The process takes about 10 minutes and is free of charge. The number will be issued within three working days. If you already have a DUNS number, the D&B representative will advise you over the phone.

You can also submit your business's request for a DUNS number through D&B's web site.

If you do know your DUNS number, the CCR can perform DUNS validation online. After you enter your DUNS number and company information into the system, the CCR will run a background validation against the D&B Global database. You then select the Dun & Bradstreet data to pre-populate the CCR file.

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When entering your DUNS number on the CCR Web site, enter only the numbers, do not enter the dashes.

DUNS +4: The CCR process allows businesses to assign an additional 4 characters to their DUNS number to uniquely identify an affiliate or division at the same physical location. For example, a business might want to have two records for itself at the same physical location to identify two separate bank accounts. Either a DUNS or a DUNS +4 number can be used to successfully complete the registration process.

Vendors wishing to register their subsidiaries and other entities should make sure that each additional location obtains a separate DUNS number from Dun & Bradstreet at 1-866-705-5711. If you have questions regarding the use of DUNS +4, contact the CCR Assistance Center at 1-888-227-2423.

CAGE Code: The Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code is a five-character ID number used extensively within the Department of Defense to identify specific companies.

If you don't have a CAGE code and your company has a U.S. address, you may submit the CCR registration form without it and one will automatically be assigned and filled in for you as part of the CCR registration process.

However, if you are a foreign vendor (i.e., your company does not have a U.S. address), you must include an NCAGE code on the registration or it will be considered incomplete.

U.S. Federal TIN: The U.S. Federal TIN (Tax Identification Number) is the nine-digit number that companies use for income tax purposes. If you do not know your TIN, contact the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-829-1040. If you operate as an individual sole proprietorship, you must enter your Social Security number in the provided space, if you don't have a TIN.

If your business is located in the United States and you do not fill in this field, your application will be considered incomplete and your registration will not be accepted. If you are located outside the United States, you are not required to provide a TIN.

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When entering your TIN or SSN on the CCR web site, enter only the numbers, do not enter the dashes. (Example: 123456789, not 123-45-6789)

A-T Number: This is a new data element added to the CCR database. Austin Tetra is providing the A-T Number on a quarterly basis. The A-T Number is being added to support an ongoing requirement to identify purchase card merchants socioeconomic reporting information. It is a tracking method to monitor sales through credit and debit card purchases.

A-T Numbers are the key to linking corporate family relationships within the A-T database. Since each location of a business has its own unique A-T Number, a large organization has many different A-T Numbers within its corporate "family." The A-T Number is non-indicative so it remains with a business throughout its lifecycle and is never reused.

The A-T Number will only be displayed in CCR Tools. The A-T Number will be used by the Acquisition Information Reporting (AIR) systems within the Integrated Acquisition Environment (IAE). Additional information about Austin Tetra can be found at: www.austintetra.com. The support telephone number is 972-756-8100. You must ask for Customer Support.

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