What Is a Cage Code?

A Commercial and Government Entity Code, or CAGE Code, is a five-character ID number used primarily by the federal government to identify companies with which it conducts business. The first and fifth characters must be numeric; the others can be numbers or letters.


A CAGE Code may be required for companies needing facility clearance, a pre-award survey, automated bidders' lists, pay processes or source of supply. In some cases, prime contractors may require their subcontractors to have a CAGE Code also.


The Defense Logistics Information Service, or DLIS, in Battle Creek, Michigan, is the primary authority responsible for assigning CAGE Codes.



The DLIS offers an online feature that lets you know whether your company already has a CAGE Code. If not in the database, your company can request a Cage Code. Once authorized, a notification is sent via email.