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Step 3 Obtain a 498 ID

All recipients of universal service support receive disbursements through automatic deposit to the bank account designated on the FCC Form 498 (Service Provider and Billed Entity Identification Number and General Contact Information Form). The FCC Form 498 collects service provider contact, billing, and collection information. Once the information has been validated and approved, USAC will issue a 498 ID (formerly known as SPIN). The 498 ID is a unique number assigned to each service provider by USAC and serves as USAC's tool to ensure that approved support is directed to the correct service provider. We are unable to disburse universal service support without an active 498 ID that contains valid banking information.

For more information on how service providers can obtain and manage a 498 ID, please refer to the Service Providers section of our website.