Central Contractor Registration Law and Legal Definition

Central Contractor Registration (CCR) is a federal entity with which vendors can register to do business with the Federal government. It is the primary vendor database for the U.S. federal government. The purpose of the database is to increase visibility of government contractors for specific supplies and services, and to establish a common source of contractor data for the government.

The CCR collects, validates, stores and disseminates data in support of agency acquisition missions. In order to be awarded contracts, current and potential government vendors are required to register in CC. Vendors should complete a one-time registration which provides basic information relevant to procurement and financial transactions. Vendors must update or renew their registration annually to maintain an active status.

As of December 2002, the CCR system has eliminated the requirement that small businesses register separately within the Small Business Administration's PRO-Net database. A vendor only needs to input business information in one database (CCR), which will then automatically populate the Small Business Administration database.

The following is an example of a federal statute defining Central Contractor Registration:

According to 13 CFR 127.102 [Title 13 Business Credit and Assistance; Chapter I Small Business Administration; Part 127 Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Assistance Procedures; Subpart A General Provisions], Central Contractor Registration (CCR) means “the system that functions as the central registration and repository of contractor data for the Federal government. CCR also serves as the single portal for conducting searches of small business contractors. Prospective Federal contractors must be registered in CCR prior to award of a contract or purchase agreement, unless the award results from a solicitation issued on or before May 31, 1998.”