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Reg. Code Applicants

FAQs for Reg. Code Applicants

What do I get?
What is a Registrant?
Can I obtain ISRCs elsewhere?
How long will this take? I have never heard of ISRCs and I need them immediately.
Why don't you ask for any track information?
Can I apply for an ISRC Registrant Code if I'm not a member of the RIAA?

FAQs for Reg. Code Applicants

Q. What do I get?

You will be allocated an ISRC Registrant Code, which allows Recording Owners and ISRC Managers to allocate up to 100,000 ISRCs per year. This will stay with you for life, and the ISRCs you assign will work in any territory of distribution.

Q. What is a Registrant?

A Registrant is the owner of a Registrant Code. This should normally be the name of the recording owner and can be a label, band, individual artist or company.

Q. Can I obtain ISRCs elsewhere?

ISRC Managers that have been approved by the US ISRC Agency can provide individual ISRCs for artists or labels who do not wish to manage their own ISRC assignment. ISRCs are issued as a part of the recording owners' business arrangement with an ISRC Manager and are provided on a song-by-song basis. A list of ISRC Managers through which you can obtain ISRCs is comming soon.

If you have any questions about the legitimacy of an entity that is providing ISRCs, you may contact us at isrc@riaa.com to determine whether they have been approved.

Q. How long will this take? I have never heard of ISRCs and I need them immediately.

We process registration requests once per working day. Once approved, you will be emailed a log-in and password that will provide you immediate access to your Registrant Code and the information you need to begin assigning ISRCs.

Q. Why don't you ask for any track information?

We don't need it. You will register with us as a recording owner (artist or band) or organization (label or company). ISRC assignment is administered by you once you are registered, using the Registrant Code that we allocate for you.

Q. Can I apply for an ISRC Registrant Code if I'm not a member of the RIAA?

Yes. RIAA membership is separate from the ISRC program. Information on RIAA membership can be found here.

Detailed information on the steps needed to apply can be found on our Application Page

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