A supplier's legal name is often different from the name it uses for business.
SLD reviewers will often question apparent mismatches between SPINS and Service
The following steps can be taken to find or check the correct SPIN of a service
When in doubt, call the vendor's sale representative directly or use the SPIN
contact search function available in the Reference Area of the SLD's Web site.
Hint: The SLD's search mechanism is very
sensitive to company name. If the full and formal name is not known, enter the
start of the name followed by a "%" for a "wild card" search as described in
If the search yields multiple contacts for a vendor, start by calling the person
listed geographically closest. We have found that some listed contacts know
little about the E-rate program (or that they're even supposed to be the
contact). Keep calling until you find a knowledgeable person. A reverse lookup
capability is provided in the Vendor Area of the SLD's Web site under the
button marked "Service Provider Information by SPIN." By entering a SPIN
number, you can see the name of the associated vendor (if assigned).
- A list of SPINs for vendors doing business within New York State has been
compiled by E-Rate Central and is available on this Web site under NYS Vendor
Information. This list should be used with extreme care. Many vendors utilize a
series of SPINs for different divisions or geographic sales territories
(possibly distinguishing between upstate and downstate). E-Rate Central does
not warrant the accuracy of this list. It is provided only to help applicants
determine if a typo had been made in the recording of a SPIN in a FCDL. The
final authority on any SPIN should be the vendor.