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GLEIF Registration Authorities List



The Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) publishes the ‘Registration Authorities List’ (available for download below). It contains more than 650 business registers and other relevant registration authority sources and assigns a unique code to each register on the list. Going forward, Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) issuing organizations will reference this code in their LEI issuance processes and reporting.

In June 2017, GLEIF published version 1.2 of the Registration Authorities List.

The implementation of the GLEIF Registration Authorities List further increases the reliability and usability of the LEI data.

Recap: A cross reference for the data of the legal entity to a local authoritative source

The LEI connects to key reference information that enables clear and unique identification of legal entities participating in financial transactions. Simply put, the publicly available LEI data pool can be regarded as a global directory that greatly enhances transparency in financial markets. The data pool’s ability to meet this objective relies on the availability of trusted, open and reliable data.

The process of ensuring LEI data quality starts with the registering entity. Through self-registration, the registering entity must provide accurate legal entity reference data to the LEI issuing organization of its choice. LEI issuers (also referenced as ‘Local Operating Units’ or LOUs) supply registration, renewal and other services, and act as the primary interface for legal entities wishing to obtain an LEI.

The Registration Authorities List, published by GLEIF, for the first time standardizes the cross reference provided by the legal entity to its local authoritative source. With this list GLEIF enables users of the LEI data to more easily link the LEI to other data sources.

LEI issuers must ensure the cross reference to the local authoritative source is standardized and included in an LEI record

Users of LEI data will be able to identify the authoritative source associated with the legal entity. The relevant code will be part of the information that makes up an LEI record. All LEI records are publicly available, and can easily be accessed free of charge, on the GLEIF website via the Global LEI Index.

The ‘Common Data File’ (CDF) formats defines how LEI issuing organizations report their LEI and related reference data. Based on this standard, LEI issuers will identify the local authoritative source associated with the legal entity using the field BusinessRegisterEntityID, which contains two elements:

  • Register: A code that identifies the business register or other registration authority that supplied the value of EntityID (see next bullet). Going forward, this will be the code assigned to an authoritative source included on the GLEIF Registration Authorities List.
  • EntityID: The identifier (local number) of the legal entity as maintained by the authoritative source.

The register may be reported without the accompanying EntityID if this ID is not available.

Implementation of the GLEIF Registration Authorities List

GLEIF will monitor compliance of LEI issuers with the Registration Authorities List based on the following criteria:

  • Within twelve months following the original date of publication of the Registration Authorities List, 99 percent of all LEIs issued after that date should indicate the code of the registration authority specified with this list and the EntityID used by this authoritative source to identify the entity.
  • Within 18 months after the original date of publication of the Registration Authorities List, 98 percent of all LEIs ever issued should meet these requirements.

The GLEIF Registration Authorities List will continue to evolve. Requests for changes or comments on the document should be sent to RAList@gleif.org.

GLEIF offers the Registration Authorities List in three formats (see below).


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How an LEI can help your business get fit for the future

  • Improved risk management.
  • Increased operational efficiency.
  • More accurate calculation of exposures.
  • Simplified regulatory reporting.
  • Ensured counterparties for any business process.
  • Unique counterparty identification globally.

Follow five easy steps to apply for an LEI number

  1. Review your LEI requirements.
  2. Explore your LEI issuer's website of choice.
  3. Provide your 'business card' information.
  4. Verify and submit your LEI request.
  5. Make payment.