How to get copy of EIN Verification Letter (147C) from the IRS?

Last updated January 5, 2021

How to get a copy of my EIN Verification Letter (147C) from the IRS for my LLC?

When you first get an EIN Number, the IRS sends you an EIN Confirmation Letter (CP 575).

  • If you got your EIN Number online, you can download the CP 575 online
  • If you got your EIN Number by mail or fax, the IRS will mail you a CP 575 (it’s mailed to the address you listed on 4a and 4b of Form SS-4; takes 4-6 weeks to arrive)

Some people lose the CP 575 EIN Confirmation Letter and need an official copy of their LLC’s EIN Number for things like opening an LLC bank account.

The IRS only issues the EIN Confirmation Letter (CP 575) one time. You can’t get this letter again. In fact, “CP” means the letter was auto-generated by a computer. So even if you call the IRS, no one there can recreate the CP 575.

However, there is good news. You can still get an official “EIN Letter” from the IRS. It’s just not called an EIN Confirmation Letter (CP 575).

Instead, it’s called an EIN Verification Letter (147C).

Note: The full name of the 147C is actually EIN Verification Letter 147C, EIN Previously Assigned.

The CP 575 and 147C are technically different letters, however, they are both official letters from the IRS and can be used for all business matters.

Here is what an EIN Confirmation Letter (CP 575) looks like:

EIN Confirmation Letter CP575 for LLC

Here is what an EIN Verification Letter (147C) looks like:

EIN Verification Letter 147C for LLC

How to get a 147C EIN Verification Letter from the IRS

The only way to get an EIN Verification Letter (147C) is to call the IRS at 1-800-829-4933.

For security reasons, the IRS will never send anything by email. Instead, the IRS will send you an EIN Verification Letter (147C) two ways:

  • by mail
  • by fax (you can use an actual fax or a digital/online fax)

147C by mail

If you choose mail, it can take 4-6 weeks before your EIN Verification Letter (147C) arrives.

The IRS will mail your 147C Letter to the mailing address they have on file for your LLC. You’ll be able to confirm this address when you’re on the phone with the IRS agent.

147C by fax

If you choose fax, the IRS will fax you the 147C Letter while you’re on the phone.

Tip: The IRS agent will ask, “Do you have a private and secure fax next to you?” If you are using a digital/online fax, say yes.

Here’s how to call the IRS and get a 147C Letter

  1. Call the IRS at 1-800-829-4933 (the “business and specialty tax line”).
  2. Press option 1 for English.
  3. Press option 1 for Employer Identification Numbers.
  4. Press option 3 for “If you already have an EIN, but you can’t remember it, etc.”
  5. Tell the IRS agent that you have an LLC and need an EIN Verification Letter (147C).
  6. The IRS agent will ask a few security questions to confirm you own your LLC.
  7. Tell the IRS agent whether you’d like to receive the 147C Letter by mail or fax.

Tip: Only an owner of your LLC can request a 147C Letter. No one else can call for you, unless they have a Power of Attorney on file with the IRS. If you have a Single-Member LLC, refer to yourself as the “owner” (instead of Member). If you have a Multi-Member LLC, refer to yourself as a “partner” (instead of a Member).

Congratulations! You have successfully requested a 147C, EIN Verification Letter for your LLC. We recommend making a few copies and keeping them with your business records.

Matt Horwitz
Founder & Educator, LLC University®
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28 comments on “EIN Verification Letter (147C) for an LLC”

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  1. Thanks for the article!
    How long after receiving my EIN can I call the IRS to request a verification letter by fax?

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    • Hi Momen, you don’t have to wait at all. You can request an EIN Verification Letter right after your EIN is issued.

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  2. Thanks for the article! It helped me a lot!.
    Btw, I faxed my EIN application 2 months ago. Now I still has not received any EIN/response from IRS? What should I do now?

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    • Hi Thanh, it’s best to wait. The IRS has been delayed due to covid. You can call the IRS though at the number on this page to see if your EIN has been issued.

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  3. I received my EIN but I can’t find the letter I Know my number but I need the letter to open a bank account t what can I do? Please help me

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    • Hi Efraín, the instructions on how to get your EIN Verification Letter (147C) are above on this page :) If you can’t find your EIN Confirmation Letter, the 147C is the only kind of “proof” you can get from the IRS. You can also call the bank and see if they’ll just take your word on the EIN, however, most banks want a copy of the EIN Confirmation Letter (CP 575) or EIN Verification Letter (147C). Hope that helps.

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  4. Hi,
    I received my EIN number by phone, 1 month ago, but up to this moment, I have not received the confirmation letter…
    Do you know if due to Corona Virus, is it taking longer than 4 to 6 weeks??
    Tks and have a wonderful week ahead!!

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    • Hi Daniel, yes, it’s taking much longer than 4-6 weeks right now. Sometimes 2 months or a bit longer. The EIN Verification Letter (147C) can serve as the official EIN approval though, in place of the EIN Confirmation Letter (CP 575)… or until it arrives by mail.

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  5. Can I apply for a new EIN # if I misplaced the one that I applied for recently?

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  6. Hi,
    Thanks for your very informative documents. I have already received 147C but I changed my business name in that period and Should I change EIN number? How I can change my EIN number for changed business name company?

    regards

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  7. Matt, buenos días
    Conoce algún número para pedir el 147Co ver si se ha emitido mi EIN que atiendan en inglés? Dado que sólo el titular puede llamar, es dificil comunicarse cuando sólo dan la opción en inglés en el número que mencionas. Llevo 9 semanas desde que envié mi SS-4 por FAX
    Gracias

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    • Hola Nata, puedes llamar al 1-800-829-4933 y presionar la opción 2 para español.

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      • Gracias Matt. Te cuento que intenté eso en Diciembre pero al parecer ese tipo de información sólo la brindan en inglés y te piden que vuelvas a comunicarte con un intérprete.
        Sin embargo, hoy llamé y la contestadora dice que el IRS se encuentra cerrado. Tienes idea a qué se debe este cierre o cuánto podría durar?
        Llevo 9 semanas de enviado el SS-4 por fax, sin ningún tipo de novedades aún.

        Gracias eternas por tu ayuda.

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        • Hola Nata, el IRS está abierto de lunes a viernes. A qué día y a qué hora llamaste? Intente llamarlos nuevamente esta semana y avíseme.

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  8. Thanks a lot, Matt, super helpful.
    One question remains, I already got a CP 575 but my name on it wasn’t full when I registered and this causes me trouble while registering as an Amazon seller.
    Is it possible to amend, extend my name while asking for the (147C) ?

    Thanks a lot
    Antoine

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    • Hi Emily, the CP 575 (EIN Confirmation Letter) is provided in the very last step of the EIN online application. It’s a PDF form that you can download. If you didn’t download it and closed out of the EIN online application, you can call the IRS to get an EIN Verification Letter (147C) in the meantime. The CP 575 will eventually arrive in the mail, but that can take a few weeks to a couple months due to the delays the IRS is currently facing. Hope that helps.

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  9. I got the EIN number only but my agent is saying that foreigners dont get CP 575 is that true?
    My question is after EIN approval do IRS send EIN verification letter or CP 575 letter to the respective mailing address or not(agent address)?

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    • Hi Giren, if the SS-4 application was faxed, the first approval from the IRS is the SS-4 returned with the EIN written on it. Then the CP 575 arrives in the mail. Usually that is a few weeks after the EIN is issued, however, due to current delays, that can take a couple months. The CP 575 is sent to the mailing address that was listed on the SS-4. However, if you get an EIN Verification Letter (147C) it does the same thing and has the same power as the EIN Confirmation Letter (CP 575).

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