How to issue an LEI number?


A LEI (Legal Entity Identifier) is a code that identifies a legal existence. This code is made up of a total of 20 letters and numbers but who needs a LEI exactly? LEI is important for legal entities like corporations, banks, funds, government, and other financial institutions. The LEI is currently required by law for many businesses in the global industrial financial sector. The LEI provides reliable information about companies on the LEI index. 

What is GLEIF?

The Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) is the name of the organisation that is tasked with certifying and overseeing financial organisations that may issue Legal Entity Identifiers. These institutions, referred to as Local Operating Units (LOUs), are the only ones that can issue LEIs to legal entities.

issue an LEI number

You can issue an LEI number for your company by following these steps.

Registration process

The Local Operating Unit (LOU) can provide you with an LEI. Legal entities must complete the registration form and submit it to the service provider. The service provider can either be the LOU, Registration Agent, or any other LEI service provider.

LEI Register provides a simple and convenient registration form that does not require the creation of an account. This allows clients to fill out the form fast, either manually or via the corporate data autofill feature. The autofill option helps make the entire process easier as all the

information gets filled on it’s own. 


A corporation pays an initial registration fee and a yearly maintenance charge to receive an LEI from any local operating unit to assist cover these units’ operational costs. Each unit is expected to provide a percentage of the fees to the Global LEI Foundation, a non-profit organisation.

Each LEI code is assigned by a designated local operational unit with expertise in infrastructure, company organisational structures, and business practises. The LEI will be issued based on the legal entity’s request and after proper validation of information.

Importance of renewal

The LEI number must be renewed every year as it is only valid for one year. Financial data’s protection is ensured only by LEI which is why LEI must be renewed.   Because financial data is high quality data, it becomes all the more important to reduce the potential risks associated with counterparties to increase efficiency.

If a Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) is not renewed in a timely manner, it will expire.

You need to renew your LEI status before it expires as it can hurt your company’s brand in the long run. The validity of an LEI number is only one year.

Renewal process

LEI renewal is similar to LEI registration. Both processes are similar. The customer must fill the form by entering the name of the organisation. The other relevant information related to the corporation is then automatically filled in its appropriate place. The renewal of anLEI is a rather simple process in and of itself, however switching LEI service providers can take a few days to complete.

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