Applying for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) is a free service offered by the Internal Revenue Service. Beware of websites on the Internet that charge for this free service.
There are 3 ways to get an employer ID.
Step 1: Determine your eligibility:
- You may apply for an EIN online if your principal business is located in the United States or U.S. Territories.
- The person applying online must have a valid Taxpayer Identification Number (SSN, ITIN, EIN).
- You are limited to one EIN per responsible party per day.
Step 2: Understand the Online Application:
- You must complete this application in one session, as you will not be able to save and return at a later time.
- Your session will expire after 15 minutes of inactivity, and you will need to start over.
Step 3: Submit Your Application:
- After all validations are done you will get your EIN immediately upon completion. You can then download, save, and print your EIN confirmation notice.
To apply online please click here
Apply by mail or fax
Download the IRS Form SS-4: Application for Employer Identification Number. Fill it out and either fax or mail it in to get your EIN within four weeks. This process is longer than applying online or by phone.
Find out where to mail or fax Form SS-4 on the Where to File Your Taxes (for Form SS-4) page.
Apply by phone
This is much faster than mail. You just dial the IRS Business and Specialty Tax Line at 800-829-4933. International applicants may call 267-941-1099 (not a toll-free number) 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday to obtain their EIN. The person making the call must be authorized to receive the EIN and answer questions concerning the Form SS-4 (PDF), Application for Employer Identification Number.
After all validations are done you will get your EIN immediately, but you won’t receive your official EIN confirmation notice until later.