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Step 4: Obtain a 498 ID

A 498 ID (also known as SPIN) is required for all parties that participate in any of the four universal service programs and receive payment directly from USAC. This 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.

FCC Form 498

Recipients of universal service support receive disbursements through automatic deposit to the bank account designated on the FCC Form.

The FCC Form 498 collects service provider contact, billing, and collection information.

Register for a 498 ID

Service providers register for a 498 ID by visiting E-File and selecting the option “New Service Provider – 498 ID.” Once the information has been validated and approved, USAC will issue a 498 ID.


For more information on how service providers can obtain and manage a 498 ID, refer to the Register for a 498 ID web page.