Required Documents to File ISF
In order to file the ISF with U.S. Customs. A copy of the Invoice and ISF information sheet is required from your seller. For certain shipments such as vehicle imports, a copy of the bill of lading will be acceptable. In addition to the two documents from the seller, 2 forms of ID is also required.
In total , 4 documents listed below can be used to file the ISF.
Documents Required from Seller
2. ISF Information Sheet
Proofs of IDs Required
3. Photo ID: Driver's License or State ID
4. Proof of Social Security or EIN Number (see below)
Business EIN proof: provide either IRS EIN Confirmation Letter, Business Tax Return, or any Federal issued documents which contains your EIN number and business name.
Individual SSN proof: provide either Social Security Card, W2 or Tax Return.
***The Tax ID Number will be used as the Importer ID Number to U.S. Customs for your shipment. This is how Customs identifies ownership of goods for each shipment***
Example Documents provided by Seller
Invoice ISF Information Sheet Bill of Lading