To new system users, on May 20, 2023, the MPIN identifier for claiming your business for the 8(a) Business Development (BD) Program, Veteran Small Business Certification (VetCert) Program, Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program, Mentor Protégé Program application will no longer be used. Instead, you will use the bank account number you provided on  


This change reflects a collaboration with the General Service Administration (GSA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) and will ensure continued support for a secure verification process when you use your information to claim your business with SBA.  


Please check to make sure that your account is active, fully updated, and complete. Please have this information available when claiming your business to apply to the SBA certification programs. If you’ve already claimed your business, no further action is needed at this time.  


Please Note: SBA takes the security of your information very seriously and will be vigilant in protecting all applicant data. SBA will not store bank account information. All bank account numbers will be encrypted and used only to verify your firm. 


For further questions about any of the programs mentioned above and its application process, please reach out to the SBA’s Answer Desk at 800-827-5722 or 


If you have questions or issues regarding your account/information, please reach out to GSA/ directly at the Federal Service Desk