CAGE Code stands for Commercial and Government Entity code.
The Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency, (DLA) assigns the five-character ID and uses alpha numeric identifier is assigned to entities located in the United States and its’ territories.
How is a Cage Code Used?
Any company pursuing business with the Federal Government, must have a CAGE code. It supports a variety of procurement and acquisition processes throughout the U.S. Government.
CAGE codes are also used outside the United States and its territories under the NATO Codification System (NCS) and are referred to as NATO Commercial and Government Entity, NCAGE Codes. Find more information on how to obtain NCAGE codes here.
How to Get a CAGE Code?
The government does not charge for registration, assignment, and maintenance of CAGE Codes. Any company that wants to do business with the Federal Government must register at SAM.gov. During registration, you will be assigned a new CAGE Code if one doesn’t already exist. If you already have one, your information will be updated.
Once your Sam Registration is submitted, information is then routed to DLA for CAGE Code assignment. You can check your registration status with the SAM Status Tracker. Once DLA approves and assigns the code, it is sent back to SAM and included to the Entity Registration.
If you are NOT pursuing business with the Government but require a CAGE Code, you may navigate to the DLA’s website to Request One. The DLA CAGE Program Office is the only authorized source for U.S. CAGE Codes and has up to 10 business days to process all CAGE Requests.
Do CAGE Codes Expire?
As of August 26, 2016, CAGE Codes are assigned an expiration date of five years from the last update. For now, any Cage Codes updated prior to August 26, 2016 do not have an expiration date assigned.
How to Update a CAGE Code
Updating the CAGE information regularly through SAM or the CAGE office will keep it from expiring.
Julio is a Senior Consultant with Coley GCS, LLC, a Government Contracts Consulting, Coaching and Training company. Julio has over 10 years’ experience helping companies succeed with their GSA schedules.