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How long does it take to get an LEI?

Depending on how accessible are the local company registries and whether the verification process can be automated, the LEI issuing time could be anywhere between a few minutes to 24 hours.

The Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) registration process is generally quite simple, but the data validation time depends on many variables. Once your LEI application has been submitted, your chosen LEI service provider must verify the information for quality control purposes. For this, a local company’s registry is used.

LEI issuing process

For example, if your company is registered in the UK, the data (company name, address, signing authority, and Registration ID) is cross-matched with the local government agency Companies House.

Straightforward access to these local company registries largely determines the effectiveness of validating data. For that reason, in countries like the UK and most of Europe, where it’s possible to get instant access to data in the registries, your LEI can be issued in hours, if not minutes.

Another example is the Virgin Islands, where a local registry needs to be contacted to confirm the data is accurate. As you might guess, this system often works out to be quite inefficient as there are time differences, counted workers, and limited time in a workday. Therefore in areas like the Virgin Islands, we’ll try to streamline the process as much as possible by requesting supporting documents like a Trade License or a Certificate of Incumbency.

How to get an LEI faster?

Here are a few things to remember if you need your LEI issued faster. First and foremost, pick a service provider that prides itself in streamlining the registration process and issuing speed.

LEI Register is known as the fastest and most affordable LEI service provider in the world. That means that not only have we made the registration process easy and process data at record speeds, but we’re also working 7 days a week.


  • Make sure you have the entity’s legal documents ready, in case the service provider requests them for data verification.
  • Many LEI service providers don’t work on the weekends, so if you’re registering during weekends, either expect delays or pick a service provider who works during weekends.
  • LEIs should be applied for on behalf of a CEO or director. Therefore, get ready to provide a Letter of Authorisation.
  • Last, try to be available if the service provider reaches out with additional requests.


LEI database updates

The Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) is the body that manages a network of LEI issuing organizations. Their responsibility is to determine the quality of LEI data and ensure the service and data pool are openly available for everyone. Once registering an LEI code, it appears in the GLEIF database within 24 hours, whenever GLEIF updates its database.

Bank databases are interfaced with GLEIF, so your LEI technically cannot be used until the database has been updated. If you’re rushing to finish a transaction, we suggest contacting your bank with the LEI issuing confirmation, which often counts as proof.