An Authoritative Legal Entity Identifier (ALEI) is issued by a government register when a company is formed; it is the registration or file number (or combination of letters and numbers) on the company’s registration certificate. It is recorded in the government register along with the legal name and date of incorporation.
The eALEI.org website is designed to help you look up your ALEI in your government jurisdiction register and then format your ALEI in accordance with ISO 8000. You can also create your own eALEI.org record and create an ALEI hyperlink that you can use in your email signature line as shown in the following example:
The ALEI is an application of the ISO 8000-115 quality identifier standard that requires the addition of a prefix to identify the issuer of the identifier.
It is an “Authoritative Identifier.”
It is issued by a government authority and provides a single, unique identifier for each legal entity in that jurisdiction.
ISO 8000-116 is the international standard for formatting a "globally unique" ALEI. (see ALEI Presentation at the Corporate Registers Forum Annual Conference)
There are a number of benefits associated with using the ALEI to check the legal names, date of incorporation, status, and jurisdiction where a company was formed. Some of these benefits are:
Positive identification of trading partners through authoritative data source
Faster onboarding of new trading partners
Mitigation of risk of trading with unknown or unverified entities (see How Corporate Identity Fraud Works)
Identification of duplicated entities in customer and supplier master data records (30% duplication in customer or supplier master data is common) ; see Identifying and Resolving Duplicates in Master Data
Allowing the creation of organization relationship models (who owns whom)
To learn more about the ALEI, onboarding suppliers, and maintaining a high quality supplier master, see ECCMA’s January 2022 webinar.
An ALEI is used to verify the legal name of a company and its status as well as when it was formed. Today, it is common to identify companies by their names without checking that those names (or the spelling of the names) are correct; this leads to the creation of duplicate supplier or customer records and increased risk of fraud.
The eALEI.org website is designed to make it easier for companies to onboard suppliers. Everyone needs essentially the same data so making it available as ISO 8000 portable data speeds up the process and allows the data to be used in many different applications.
ECCMA validates the ALEI, legal name, date of incorporation and status with the government registry before it is posted to eALEI.org, so this data can not be changed. You can, however, request a password to add additional public or private data that your trading partners may need to complete the onboarding process. Public eALEI.org data is viewable by anyone, but your private data is only visible to you and to those to whom you send a one-time eALEI.org link.
There is no cost to add data to your eALEI.org record.