About LEI

Get an LEI: Find LEI Issuing Organizations



Obtaining a Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) is easy. Simply contact your preferred business partner from the list of LEI issuing organizations listed in the table below.

The role of the LEI issuing organizations

LEI issuers – also referred to as Local Operating Units (LOUs) – supply registration, renewal and other services, and act as the primary interface for legal entities wishing to obtain an LEI. Only organizations duly accredited by the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) are authorized to issue LEIs. Accreditation is the process by which GLEIF evaluates the suitability of organizations seeking to operate within the Global LEI System as LEI issuers.

Becoming a member of the Global LEI System via GLEIF accreditation is a globally recognized designation of commitment to data quality and customer service. GLEIF focuses on further optimizing the quality, reliability and usability of LEI data empowering market participants to benefit from the wealth of information available within the LEI population. GLEIF makes available the following monthly data quality reports:

The role of the legal entity applying for an LEI

A legal entity is not limited to using an LEI issuer in its own country; instead, it can use the registration services of any LOU that is accredited and qualified to validate LEI registrations within its authorized jurisdiction(s). The table below identifies all GLEIF-accredited LEI issuers that offer LEI services per jurisdiction. Accredited LEI issuers have successfully completed the GLEIF accreditation program for the associated jurisdictions. To find out which LEI issuers provide services in a given country, refer to the document available for download at the foot of this page.

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The LEI connects to key reference information that enables clear and unique identification of legal entities participating in financial transactions. Through self-registration, a legal entity that wishes to obtain an LEI must supply accurate reference data, i.e. the publicly available information on legal entities identifiable with an LEI, to its LEI issuer. The reference data includes:

  • Business card information, e.g. the official name of a legal entity and its registered address. In the Global LEI System, this information is referred to as ‘Level 1’ data. It provides the answer to the question of ‘who is who’.
  • Relationship information, which allows the identification of the direct and ultimate parents of a legal entity, if applicable. This information is referred to as ‘Level 2’ data. It answers the question of ‘who owns whom’.

The LEI issuing organization must verify the reference data with the local Registration Authority – a national Business Register, for example – and issue an LEI compliant with the LEI standard.

The fees charged for the issuance and maintenance of an LEI are entirely a matter for the LEI issuing organizations and must be cost-based. The Global LEI System is designed to encourage competition between LEI issuing organizations.

Each LEI is published within the Global LEI Index. This is the only global online source that provides open, standardized and high quality legal entity reference data. Interested parties can access and search the complete LEI data pool using the web-based LEI search tool developed by GLEIF.

The importance of regular LEI renewal

The legal entity is required to notify the managing LEI issuing organization of changes to its legal entity reference data. The annual renewal process ensures that the legal entity and the LEI issuing organization review and re-validate the legal entity reference data at least once per year. This ensures high data quality with regard to the global LEI population and, consequently, trust in the Global LEI System.

Does your client need an LEI? Become a Registration Agent

To further streamline the issuance of LEIs, GLEIF has introduced the concept of the ‘Registration Agent’. A Registration Agent helps legal entities to access the network of LEI issuing organizations responsible for performing LEI issuance and related services. The Registration Agent may choose to partner with one or more LEI issuing organizations to ensure its clients’ needs for LEI services are met.

LEI Issuing Organization
Asociación Mexicana de Estándares para el Comercio Electrónico A.C. (GS1 Mexico)
Bloomberg Finance L.P. (Bloomberg)
Bundesanzeiger Verlag GmbH (Bundesanzeiger Verlag)
Business Entity Data B.V. (GMEI Utility a service of BED B.V.)
Central Securities Clearing System Plc (CSCS Nigeria)
Centrálny depozitár cenných papierov SR, a.s. (CSD Slovakia)
Centrální depozitář cenných papírů a.s. (CSD Prague)
Colegio de Registradores de la Propiedad, Mercantiles y Bienes Muebles de España (CORPME)
EQS Group AG (EQS)
GS1 Germany GmbH (GS1 Germany)
Herausgebergemeinschaft WERTPAPIER-MITTEILUNGEN Keppler, Lehmann GmbH & Co.KG (WM Datenservice)
InfoCamere SCpA, Societa' Consortile di Informatica delle Camere di Commercio Italiane per Azioni (InfoCamere)
Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques (Insee)
KDD - Centralna klirinško depotna družba d.d. (Central Securities Clearing Corporation, Slovenia)
Kamer van Koophandel (KvK; Netherlands Chamber of Commerce)
Korea Securities Depository (KSD)
Krajowy Depozyt Papierów Wartościowych S.A. (KDPW)
Legal Entity Identifier India Limited (LEIL)
London Stock Exchange LEI Limited (London Stock Exchange)
LuxCSD S.A (LuxCSD)
Office fédéral de la statistique (Federal Statistical Office)
Patentti- ja Rekisterihallitus (Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH))
Saudi Credit Bureau (SACB / Moa'rif)
Strate (Pty) Ltd (Strate)
The Irish Stock Exchange Plc (Irish Stock Exchange)
Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc. (Japan Exchange Group/Tokyo Stock Exchange (JPX/TSE))
Zagrebačka burza d.d. (Zagreb Stock Exchange, ZSE)
İstanbul Takas ve Saklama Bankası Anonim Şirketi (Takasbank)
Небанковская кредитная организация акционерное общество "Национальный расчетный депозитарий" (National Settlement Depository, Russia)
全国金融标准化技术委员会 (China Financial Standardization Technical Committee)

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