How to obtain an LEI

LEIs are issued by "Local Operating Units" (LOUs) of the Global LEI System.

The combined list of LOUs endorsed by the Regulatory Oversight Committee (ROC) and of LOUs accredited by the Global LEI Foundation, can be found on the GLEIF website:  

Some of these registries serve a given country while others offer services to entities worldwide. They may be differences as well in the languages available, facilities to register many entities in bulk, and price, among others. We invite you to check the websites of these registries to find the one that best suits your needs.

These websites also provide information on the process for obtaining an LEI, which complies with general principles set by the ROC, in particular: 

LEIs issued by pre-LOUs that have been endorsed by the ROC or accredited by the Global LEI Foundation are accepted by ROC authorities requiring the use of a common identifier (see LEI Uses). From 7 October 2015, new institutions that wish to become LEI issuers need to be accredited by the GLEIF, which will monitor their compliance with the standards of the Global LEI System. Pre-LOUs endorsed by the ROC will also have to be accredited by the GLEIF, as part of the ongoing monitoring of compliance with the standards of the system. Pre-LOUs endorsed by the ROC will continue to be able to issue and maintain LEIs even before they are accredited by the GLEIF, until end-2017.

The list of LOUs endorsed by the ROC can be found below and under this link: but you are invited to check the combined list published by the GLEIF, as LOUs accredited by the GLEIF do not appear here.

Date of endorsement



Pre-LOU website

3 October 2013

WM Datenservice

Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht

3 October 2013

Institut National de la   Statistique et des Etudes Economiques

French Ministry for Economy and Finance

3 October 2013

CICI utility[1]

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

11 November 2013


Capital Markets Board of Turkey

11 November 2013

London Stock Exchange

UK Financial Conduct Authority

7 December 2013

Irish Stock Exchange

Central Bank of Ireland

27 December 2013

Russia National Settlement Depository (NSD)

Central Bank of Russian Federation

27 December 2013

Poland Krajowy Depozyt Papierów   Wartościowych S.A. (KDPW)

Polish Financial Supervisory Authority

7 January 2014

Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK)

Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets

7 January 2014

National Board of Patents and Registration of   Finland (PRH)

Financial Supervisory   Authority, Finland

6 February 2014

Centrální depozitář cenných   papírů, a.s

Czech National Bank

7 February 2014

Unione Italiana per le   Camere di Commercio, Industria, Artigianato e Agricoltura

Banca d'Italia and   Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa

5 March 2014

Registro Mercantil del Reino de   España

Banco de España

21 May 2014

Centrálny depozitár cenných papierov SR, a.s.   (Central Securities Depository: Slovakia)

National Bank of   Slovakia

21 May 2014

Bundesanzeiger Verlag GmbH   (Bundesanzeiger)

Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht

6 June 2014

Brønnøysund Register Centre

Royal Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and   Fisheries  

22 July 2014

Japan Exchange Group/Tokyo Stock Exchange (JPX/TSE)

Financial Services   Agency of Japan (JFSA)

10 August 2014

Central Securities Clearing System Plc of Nigeria

Nigerian Securities   and Exchange Commission

26 August 2014


Banque Centrale du   Luxembourg

9 October 2014

Korea Securities   Depository (KSD)

Korea Financial   Services Commission

20 October 2014

China Financial   Standardization Technical Committee (CFSTC)

People's Bank of   China  

28 January 2015

Registro de Identificación de Entidades del BCRA

(Central Bank of   Argentina pre-LOU)

Central Bank of Argentina

Direct link:

5 March 2015

Central   Depository & Settlement Co Ltd (CDS), Mauritius

Financial   Services Commission, Mauritius

22 April 2015

Clearing   Corporation of India Limited (CCIL) [2]

Reserve   Bank of India

22 April 2015

Zagreb   Stock Exchange (ZSE)

Croatian   Financial Services Supervisory Agency

20 July 2015

Saudi Arabian Credit Bureau (SACB/MOA'RIF)

Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency

3 September 2015

APIR   Systems Limited (APIR)

Australian   Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) 

18 December 2015

Strate   (Pty) Ltd


Financial   Services Board, South Africa

20 January 2016

Central   Securities Clearing Corporation (Centralna klirinško depotna družba d.d.- KDD),   Slovenia

Bank   of Slovenia



10 February 2016

Instituto de Registos e   Notariado (IRN)

Banco de Portugal

[1] Now GMEI Utility. A set of approximately 3,000 codes that are not certified but that have been used for CFTC reporting purposes (Uncertified Used CICIs, identified as 'NOT CURRENT' in the CICI Utility database); these codes are not globally recognized.

[2] LEI activities are now conducted by Legal Entity Identifier India Limited (LEIL), a wholly Owned Subsidiary of The Clearing Corporation of India Ltd. LEIL was accredited by GLEIF

Portability of LEIs

An entity may "port" the maintenance of its LEI from one LOU to another. To do so, the authorised representative of the entity should contact the new LOU, specifying its already existing LEI number and providing any other document required by the new LOU. The new LOU will contact the original LOU. The LEI remains unchanged in the process. The original pre-LOU should not charge any porting fee.


What are the LOUs?

LOUs are the utilities endorsed by the ROC, or accredited by the GLEIF under ROC oversight, to provide LEI registrations to registrants and other services. The expression "pre-LOUs" is used to specifically refer to the LOUs endorsed by the ROC before the Global LEI Foundation was able to assume this function. To this end, the ROC had defined a set of principles to be observed by pre-LOUs.

LOUs make the LEIs and associated reference data available to the public and regulators free of charge and on a continuous basis.

From 7 October 2015, new institutions that wish to become LEI issuers need to be accredited by the GLEIF, which will monitor their compliance with the standards of the Global LEI System. Applications should be made to the GLEIF: those interested will find on the GLEIF website a description of the accreditation process. Applicants do not need any more to be sponsored by a ROC member, although ROC members will be informed of applications from applicants within their jurisdictions.

LOUs have a variety of status and may be part of an entity conducting other activities such as business registries, stock exchanges, trade repositories, custodians of financial instruments, and numbering agencies issuing International Securities Identification Numbers.