UID Compliance
UID is a Department of Defense program that will enable easy access to information about DoD possessions that will make acquisition, repair, and deployment of items faster and more efficient.
  • Item visibility regardless of platform or “owner”
  • Lower item management costs
  • Item data necessary for top-level logistics and engineering analysis
  • Accurate sources for property and equipment valuation and accountability
  • Improved access to historical data for use during systems design and throughout the life of an item
  • Better item intelligence for warfighters for operational planning
  • Reduced workforce burden through increased productivity and efficiency
  • Improved inventory accuracy

What is UID?

UID is a new, globally unique "part identifier" containing data elements used to track DoD parts through their life cycle. UID Data is encoded into Data Matrix symbols that are applied to parts using Direct Part Marking processes (DPM). The DoD has moved to this transformation technology to facilitate electronic data capture and transmission.

UID   (DFAR 252.211-7003) is a mandatory DoD requirement for all solicitations issued on or after Jan. 1, 2004 .      

According to The DoD Guide to UID (click to download), all vendors must apply Data Matrix symbols to items in the following categories.  

  • Costs More than $5,000
  • Managed Serially
  • Mission Essential
  • Controlled Inventory


Why do you need to be UID Compliant?
The UID mandate has set requirements for all property and items owned by the Department of Defense (DoD) or in contract with the DoD to be identified with a unique serialized identification number. This identification number is required to meet MIL-STD-130M standards. UID pertains to all government property in the possession of contractors which is to be delivered to the DoD. Essentially, it is necessary for suppliers who deliver to the DoD to be UID Compliant.