Find My ALEI

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.

STEP 1

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:

STEP 2

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

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.

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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:

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 of the identifier.

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 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.

[click here to request a password]

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.