All are welcome to ask ECCMA to research their ALEI or the ALEIs of their customers or suppliers and these are added to eALEI.org . As a result, your ALEI may already be in the eALEI.org database so start your search by entering your legal name in the search box in the header above. Legal names are only unique in a single government registry so it is possible that you will see multiple matches for your name. Look at the location of the registry and the date of formation – if this is you, congratulations you have found your ALEI (or that of your trading partner if that was for what you were looking).
If you did not find your ALEI in the eALEI.org database, this site will help you search government registries and, if you wish to do so, request that ECCMA add your ALEI to the eALEI.org database.
Use the steps below to find your ALEI and add the appropriate prefix to format it in accordance with ISO 8000-116.
Select business entity register
First you will need to find the location of the registry. Every country has one and some countries have more than one, but you will only be registered in one. Registries are identified by a prefix formatted in accordance with ISO 8000-116. This prefix will be added to the registry number to create an ISO 8000-116 formatted ALEI.
In which country is your organization legally registered?
Your ISO 8000-116 ALEI prefix is:
Find your registration or file number
If you can find your original registration certificate, your registration number or file number will be printed on it. Before you provide it to your trading partner, you should check it with the government registry because this is what your trading partner is going to do. Not all government registries are available online and most that are available online are free to search. ECCMA keeps an updated list of the links to government registries and the one for the prefix you specified is:
On the site you are directed to:
1. Use the search options provided to enter the legal name or registration/file number of the organization
2. If multiple organizations appear with the similar name, select the correct organization from the list of results
- Online Record Available
- Online Register Available – Anonymous
- Online Register Available – Registration Required
- Online Register Available – In Local Language
- Online Register Available – Payment Required
3. Copy and paste the Registration/File Number in the field below
Note: If the selected business register is not displayed or accessible, you can enter the registration/file number from your document of formation and upload a scanned copy when registering.
Your ISO 8000 ALEI is:
Note: When an ALEI is published on websites or documents it is recommended to place it between square brackets as displayed above.
You are done; congratulations! Your ALEI formatted in accordance with ISO 8000-116 is:
If you want to make it easier for your trading partners to verify your ALEI and your legal name, you can ask ECCMA to add you ALEI to eALEI.org by clicking here . ECCMA researchers verify the ALEI data with the government registry before they add it to eALEI.org , which can take one or two days. Please provide your email address so you can be notified when this is done.
If you have any difficulty finding your ALEI, request assistance here.
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”. If you would like to see the ISO 8000-116 prefix(es) of a country, search here:
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:
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 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 formation 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.
Jamie works for a manufacturing company that produces widgets. Decision-makers in the company want to sell their products to distributors, however, in the past there have been delays with payments.
Jamie is asked to find a way to speed up the payments. She finds out that buyers have been extra thorough when sending payment because there are many companies with similar names.
Jamie decides that it would help if she could make sure buyers used the correct name for her company. She can do this by adding her correct legal name and ALEI to invoices as well as add an ALEI hyperlink to her email signature (and ask everyone else in the company to do the same). She can also add the ALEI hyperlink to the company website so that other organizations know that XYZ Company is the right company.
Jamie looks at the official name of the company: “XYZ Company”, but there are many other companies with similar names: “XYZ & Co.”, “XYZ B2B”, “XYZ Family Company”, the list goes on.
Jamie logs onto eALEI.org and follows the two-step process for creating her company’s hyperlink:
1. Jamie’s Searches for her ALEI
Her organization was formed in the United States. (US)
specifically in Maryland. (US-MD)
Jaime now formats her ALEI in accordance with ISO 8000. [US-MD.BER:123456789]
This is her company’s ISO 8000 formatted Authoritative Legal Entity Identifier (ALEI).
2. Jamie Now asks ECCMA to create her ALEI hyperlink by requesting that her ALEI data (legal name, date of formation, status) be added to eALEI.org (ECCMA checks the ALEI data before it is added to eALEI.org).
Bonus step: Now Jaime has a hyperlink that links to her company’s record in eALEI.org, she can add other data such as her office addressee and telephone number that she wants to share with all her customers
Ahmed works as a procurement and sourcing specialist for a company that buys widgets and creates products for end users.
He wants to find an easier way to onboard new suppliers and check that he has the right legal name to avoid the possibility of corporate fraud.
Ahmed goes to eALEI.org and searches for these companies and finds that he can easily verify their legal names as well as get other information the suppliers may have made available such as trade name (DBA), the correct addresses and payee information.
Alisha works as a chief marketing strategist for a social media firm.
Her company has been contracted to do some market research on a company overseas. If she has the ALEI she can check to make sure it’s the right company.
Alisha's company has an ECCMA associate membership and she can use those credentials to log in to the member area of eALEI.org and search by company name across all jurisdictions. Once she has found the right company, she can look up its record.
Find My ALEI
Search government registers for your ALEI and format it as an ISO 8000 ALEI.