New login required for SAM

New login required for SAM

To do business with the federal government, you need an account in the System for Award Management (SAM).

Whether you already have a SAM account or need to set one up, you need to know there is a new login procedure.

All users attempting to login to SAM are now automatically re-directed to first create a user account.  If you already have a SAM username and password they no longer work, and you will be unable to access your SAM account until you have created a account.

Creating a Account

In order to create a account, you will need each of the following:

  1. The email address and password associated with your SAM account.
  2. Access to the same email account to receive all confirmation emails.
  3. A working telephone number through which you can receive the security code that will be sent to you from
Need help with any step of the SAM registration process?

Never fear!  Mississippi Procurement Technical Assistance Program (MPTAP) will provide you with help at no charge.  Simply contact the MPTAP counselor located nearest you; our staff directory is at:  (Businesses located outside the State of Mississippi can obtain free help from their nearest procurement technical assistance center.  Consult the national contact list at:

Other recent changes to SAM

Each business must mail an original, signed notarized letter to GSA’s Federal Service Desk within thirty (30) days of their SAM activation or risk having their SAM registration deactivated.

Because of recent fraudulent activity associated with the SAM database, the General Services Administration (GSA) issued a rule in late March 2018 that requires all SAM registrants (“entities”) to provide an original, signed notarized letter identifying your company’s “authorized Entity Administrator.”   The notarized letter must follow a strict format.  GSA’s notarized letter template is available here: SAM_Notary_Letter_Template_4.12.18_GSA_version

In instances where businesses have federal contract awards or contract payments pending, MPTAP — and the other PTACs across the country — can offer special assistance to expedite the processing of their notarized letters.  When contacting your PTAC counselor, be sure to let us know if you are facing either of those two circumstances.

Important SAM Updates!!!

SAM Alert – Notarized Letter Process Changes!

Please note the following changes:

Eective Immediately: Entities that ONLY apply for federal assistance (grants, loans, etc.) no longer need to have an approved notarized letter on file before their registraton is actvated. They must still mail the original signed copy of the notarized letter to the Federal Service Desk (FSD) within 30 days of activaton. Failure to do so may result in the registration no longer being active.

Eective June 29, 2018: All non-federal entities creating or renewing their SAM registraton will no longer need to have a notarized leter on file before their registraton is actvated. They must still mail the original signed copy of the notarized letter to the FSD within 30 days of activaton or risk their registraton no longer being active.

Also eective June 29, 2018: A new, multi-factor authentication login will be implemented, as well as a process by which Entity Administrators will be notified when a change is made to their entity’s bank account information. As a result, beginning June 29th, there will be a new login process for SAM:

  • Users will be asked to create a user account. Their current username and password will no longer work.
  • Before June 29th: All users should be sure to know the email address associated with their current SAM account. Using the same email will allow to automatically migrate roles. If a different email is provided when the new login account is created, roles will need to be reassigned, which could cause delays updatng existing registrations. If they don’t know their current email address, they can find it by going to → My SAM → My Account Settings → Edit User Information.

To create a user account, your clients will need to know the email address associated with their username and password, have access to that email to receive a confirmation email from, and have a working phone (cell or landline) to receive a security code from

For full information, see GSA’s SAM Update page