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Simplified Network Application Process - Redesign (SNAP-R)

For the Submission of License Applications, Commodity Classification Requests, and AGR Notifications

SNAP-R Access

SNAP-R allows users to submit export license applications, commodity classification requests, encryption registration, reexport license applications, and license exception AGR notifications via the Internet. You must have a Company Identification Number (CIN) and an active user account to access SNAP-R. The procedures and requirements for obtaining a CIN and user account are set forth below.

On-line Registration and Account Self-Management

BIS has implemented an on-line registration system for obtaining a Company Identification Numbers (CINs) and active user accounts. Additionally, users are provided the ability to keep the information in their accounts current via the self-management portion of the system.

Prior to this implementation the registration process required paper submissions of certification letters. Certification letters were also required for any account updates; such as company name changes, company change of address, the addition or removal of users on the account, as well as any change to user information. It was labor-intensive and time-consuming for both the user as well as for BIS.

On-line Registration

Every applicant who requires authorization to use SNAP-R will be assigned a CIN. In order to submit electronic requests in SNAP-R, an applicant must register with BIS via the on-line registration process by entering the requested information and agree to the stated terms and conditions. The individual submitting the information will be designated as the account administrator, who has the same abilities within SNAP-R as other users in the system, but additional have the responsibility and authority to maintain the account via the self-management portion of the system.

Self Management

Account Administrators have the following abilities within the self-management portion of the system:

  • Submit applications, classification requests, and notifications to BIS on behalf of the company just as any user would;
  • Add new individual users who will be able to submit applications, classification requests, and notifications to BIS on behalf of the company;
  • Deactivate the user account of any existing individual user who has been authorized to submit on behalf of the company;
  • Reactivate the account of any individual user whose account was previously deactivated;
  • Designate any individual user who has the power to submit on behalf of the company as an account administrator who will have all of the powers described in this statement;
  • Remove account administrator authority from any user designated as an account administrator for the company;
  • Update the company's identifying information such as name and address as listed in its SNAP-R account;
  • Update the identifying information such as name and telephone number of any individual user who is authorized to submit on behalf of the company; and
  • Reset password of individual users who are authorized to submit on behalf of the company.

Company Information Entry Guidance

Acronyms and/or abbreviations for a company's name are acceptable only if they are the legal name of the company.

A post office box number will not be accepted as a valid company address.

Third Party Guidance

A third party is an entity that makes submissions on behalf of applicants (e.g. law firm or consultant). In order for third parties to be authorized to submit electronic requests to SNAP-R for an applicant they represent, they must also register via the on-line registration system just as any company (or first party) would.

Issuance of a Company Identification Number (CIN) Only in Support of Third Party Submissions

The third party submitter will need to obtain the CIN from the exporter or reexporter on whose behalf they are submitting applications. If the exporter or reexporter (applicant company) does not have a CIN, then the applicant company or third party submitter must obtain a CIN via the on-line registration process.

Note: Any company that has submitted an application to BIS will already have a BIS assigned CIN on file and, if requested, the applicant and/or third-party company may verify this information by contacting the BIS’s Exporter Services at 202-482-0062.

Company and User Responsibilities

Users should protect their password at all times:

  • Never disclose it to anyone;
  • Never record it either in writing or electronically;
  • Never authorize another person to use (including supervisors or coworkers);
  • Failure to meet the above guidelines will result in the termination of his/her authorization for SNAP-R by BIS or by the applicant company.

NOTE: Account Administrators should deactivate users immediately whenever they leave their company or otherwise cease to be authorized by the company to submit applications via SNAP-R on their behalf.

The company shall be responsible for:

  • Ensuring that both the company and user(s) report the loss, theft, or compromise of a password immediately to their Account Administrator. If the Account Administrator is not available, contact BIS by calling (202) 482-2227 and confirming the report in writing within two business days.
  • Having the Account Administrator deactivate users immediately whenever they leave employment with the company or otherwise cease to be authorized by the company to submit applications via SNAP-R on their behalf. If the Account Administrator is not available, contact BIS by calling (202) 482-2227 and confirming the report in writing within two business days.

Electronic Submissions

  • Electronic submissions transmitted via SNAP-R shall constitute an export control document and shall provide the same information as a written submission. Support documentation required by Part 748 of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), including brochures and specifications, can be attached directly to the Work Item in SNAP-R (PDF format required).

Maintenance of Records

  • NOTE: SNAP-R cannot be utilized as the official repository for the record keeping requirements as stated in the Export Administration Regulations (Part 762). It is suggested that a company maintain a log of all SNAP-R submissions to include, but not limited to, the following: date and time of submission; item description(s); ECCN(s); and submitter’s name. This log must not be altered. Written corrections must be made in a manner that does not erase or otherwise obscure original entries. If the log is maintained electronically, corrections may only be made as notations.

Changes of Address and Staff

  • It is the responsibility of the company’s account administrator to update any change(s) to their information. See the SNAP-R Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for additional information required by BIS based on the specific nature of your company name and/or address change.

Questions about CINs and User Accounts

If you have questions about applying for a CIN and/or user accounts, please review our SNAP-R Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page. You may also contact BIS’ Export Management and Compliance Division at (202) 482-2148 or (202) 482-0062, the BIS SNAP-R Help Desk at (202) 482-2227 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Also, the BIS Western Regional Office can be reached at (949) 660-0144 for assistance.

Obtaining a CIN

The first step to obtaining your CIN is to enter your information and agree to the Terms & Conditions for using the SNAP-R system as stated on the following registration form. The system will then verify the email address you entered; once verified, further instructions to setup your user account will be delivered.