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 formation. 

ISO 8000-116 is the internationally agreed formatting for an ALEI. The standard requires the addition of a prefix that identifies the government register. In some countries there are multiple jurisdictions that can create legal entities. For example, a company registered in France (FR) where there is a single central registry (RC) will have an ALEI with the prefix “FR.RC” while the business entity register (BER) of the U.S. State of Delaware (US-DE) will have an ALEI with the prefix “US-DE.BER”. 

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:

Peter R Benson| Executive Director
ECCMA | www.eccma.org | ISO 8000 ALEI: [US-DE.BER:3031657]

The ALEI 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.

It is an application of the ISO 8000-115 quality identifier standard that requires the addition of a prefix to identify the issuer.

Using the ALEI to check the legal names, date of formation, status, and jurisdiction where a company was formed is helpful in:

avoiding duplicate customer and supplier master data records
        (30% duplication in customer or supplier master data is common)

avoiding corporate identity fraud (see How Corporate Identity Fraud Works)

There are a number of benefits associated with using the ALEI to check the legal names, date of formation, 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)

Allowing the creation of organization relationship models (who owns whom)

Positive identification of trading partners through authoritative data source

Faster onboarding of new trading partners

Mitigates risk of trading with unknown or unverified entities

Identifies duplicated entities in the vendor master

Allows the creation of organization relationship models (who owns whom)

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 do three things.

First, to help you respond more quickly to requests to identify yourself by finding your own government issued Authoritative Legal Entity Identifier (ALEI) and then formatting it in accordance with ISO 8000.

There is no cost to use eALEI.org to look for your ALEI.

Second, to make it safer to do business by making it easier for all of us to always know who our trading partners really are. Mistakes in identifying trading partners slows down business and creates opportunities for fraud.

There is no cost to use eALEI.org to request that ECCMA create your eALEI.org record so you can add a hyperlinked ALEI to you signature line as in the following example:

Peter R Benson| Executive Director
ECCMA | www.eccma.org | ISO 8000 ALEI: [US-DE.BER:3031657]

Third, to make it easier for companies to onboard suppliers. The onboarding process is slow and frustrating for both parties. 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.

There is no cost to request that ECCMA provide you with a password to your eALEI.org record so you can add and maintain data that will make it easier for your customers to onboard you as a supplier.

[click here to request a password]

ECCMA is a not-for-profit association funded by its members to improve supply chain data through the development and implementation of international standards. ECCMA provides its members with master data quality solutions. Supplier onboarding support from ECCMA includes batch ALEI research and record maintenance for existing suppliers as well as data and document collection and validation for new suppliers. 

ISO 8000-116 If you click on [US-DE.BER:3031657] the link will take you to the ECCMA record where you can see an example of an enhanced eALEI.org record. We have added our DUNS number and CAGE code along with addresses. When you add data to your eALEI.org record you can make the data public or private. You can send a one time link to your trading partners to allow them to access the private data. 

Find My ALEI

Search government registers for your ALEI and format it as an ISO 8000 ALEI.

Create Your eALEI.org Account

Generate your ALEI hyperlink by adding your data to eALEI.org.

Ask Your Trading Partners for Their ALEI

You can also request that your trading partners add their onboarding data to eALEI.org.