What Is An LEI Number?

LEI number in simple terms

● LEI number - Legal entity identification number.
● A unique identification code for entities which trade in financial  markets (stocks, bonds, futures, forex, etc.)
● Every deal conducted in the markets will connect to the other counterpart with an LEI number.
● Used for regulators to oversee financial markets.
● LEI connects financial markets, companies and regulators.
● The issuing of an LEI code is conducted under GLEIF-accredited LOUs.
● GLEIF - Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation

Renewal of an LEI number

An LEI number needs annual renewal. This means that an LEI issued on 02/01/2018 will have to be renewed before 02/01/2019. If the deadline has passed, your LEI number will become inactive until renewed again. This number renewal process is necessary to ensure the data in the Global LEI Pool is relevant and up to date.

LEI Register offers the renewal of LEIs for 1-, 3- or 5-year period. Whatever the period, you will receive a notification from LEI Register a month prior to the deadline. In the case of multi-year LEI renewal, the LEI Register will take the responsibility to check your data before renewal and renew your LEI on a yearly basis. Our aim is to keep your data up to date.

Structure of an LEI number

An LEI number is standardised with ISO certificate 17442. This consists of a combination of 20 numbers and letters.

  • Numbers 1-4 always show the ID of the LOU which has issued the LEI.
  • Numbers 5-6 have always a value of 0.
  • Numbers/Letters 7-18 are unique to each entity.
  • Numbers 19-20 are for verification purposes.
LEI number - Legal entity identification number

LEI number is all about connecting the dots!

The vision of GLEIF is to have one universal registration number for all entities around the globe. This is an identifier that would provide standardised and  high-quality reference data.

"We believe that ultimately there should be one identity behind every business. Having an LEI will help to achieve this objective."

GLEIF - Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation.

Who can issue LEI numbers?

Issuance of LEI numbers is governed by GLEIF. GLEIF is the foundation which controls the issuance of LEI codes. GLEIF does not itself issue LEIs, they are instead issued through a network of public and private companies acting as LOUs. Their purpose is to supply LEI registration, the renewal of LEI codes, and act as a gateway for organisations that wish to obtain an LEI code. A list of LOUs can be found here.

LEI Register is not an LOU. Instead, LEI Register is a Registration Agent. Our task is to help companies and public entities obtain reliable information about the LEI and facilitate communication between LOUs and entities wishing to apply for an LEI. We check data provided with publicly available services such as the Companies Registry, etc. More information about Registration Agents can be found here.