Information Guideline for obtaining an EIN number
DO NOT APPLY ON LINE for your EIN number as there is no provision to enter the Group
Exemption Number on the online form.
Use only IRS Form SS-4 that was revised January 09, copy is on the website in the forms section under
Using the sample form on the website as a guideline, complete IRS form SS-4. The Legal Name of the
entity on line 1 on this form would be the words TRI and the Chapter number that has been assigned to
your chapter. TRI Chapter FL- “Chapter number designation”, (whatever your TRI Chapter number is,
example TRI Chapter FL-5, TRI Chapter TX-9) If this is going to be for a Region or District Checking
account it must be both TRI and then the name of the region, for a District it should be TRI and then the
name of the state (examples would be TRI Central Region, TRI Texas District.) The letters “TRI” MUST
be the leading words on the legal name. Please note that this form MUST be completed just as the sample
in order for the chapter to be set up as a subordinate under the not for profit status that we have.
Requesting an EIN number is really very simple and can be done in one of the following ways:
1) Complete the form and mail it to: Internal Revenue Service, Attention EIN Operations,
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45999. Using the US mail could take up to 4 weeks to get your number and
2) Complete the form and fax it to: Internal Revenue Service, Attention EIN Operations, Cincinnati,
Fax number # 1-959-669-5760. It could take 2 to 3 weeks to get your EIN number and
3) Complete the form as if you were going to mail or fax it in so that all the information that you
need will be in front of you, then call the IRS at 1-800-829-4933. An IRS representative will
take your information over the phone and will be able to help you walk through the application.
They will be able to issue you an EIN number over the phone and your confirmation letter should
be in your hands in about 2 weeks.
Now that you have an EIN number, you will be able to open a checking account for your Chapter,
District, or Region. It is suggested that you wait to open up your checking account until you receive your
confirmation letter from the IRS, as the bank will more than likely require a copy of it for their files.
During this process the IRS representative might ask you for your SS number. This is for identification
purposes only and has nothing to do with the application, so please don’t let this concern you.
Information Guideline for opening up a TRI Checking Account.
Please be aware that opening up a checking account is not as easy as getting your EIN number, or as easy
as it used to be before the 911 terrorist attacks on the United States. Because of the Patriot Act that was
enacted after the attack, the banks have a lot more restrictions on them as to how any bank account is
opened... The banks now require more information and identification than before, so be patient with them
as they are only doing what is required of them
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To make it as easy as possible for you and the bank, you should have the following documents with you
when you go to the bank:
Confirmation letter from the IRS confirming that the EIN number you are using was issued to you.
A copy of your Chapter Charter. Districts and Regions will receive an appointment letter signed
by the Executive Director authorizing them to open a checking account.
A letter to the bank, preferably on Chapter, District or Region letterhead, asking them to open a
checking account in the name of the Chapter, District or Region. You will find a sample copy of
the suggested wording for the letter on the website under Operations Manual, then under SS-4
All checking accounts must be opened using the same name that you used on line one (1) on IRS
form SS-4. TRI Chapter FL- (chapter number), TRI Region (region name) TRI District (State).
These are the names that need to be on the printed checks.
Two forms of Identification.
Remember also that this is a non interest bearing checking account and you should try to work with a
bank that will not charge you service fees, there are several. Also remember to complete the Bank
Information form that can be found on the web site in the forms section and to return it to your leader,
who will turn it into the office of the Director of International Operations.
Information Guideline for changing the address of record for an EIN number.
You will need to fill out Box 3A as well as Part II and Part III on IRS form 8822, every time the Chapter,
District and Region Directors are changed and the responsibility for the group changes hands. Again this
is very simple.
1) Complete form 8822 as outlined above (form is on the website) and mail it to:
Filers Who Completed Part II IF your old Filers Who Completed Part II IF your old
business address was in . . . business address was in . . .
Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California,
Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas,
Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Louisiana, Minnesota,
New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska,
Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma,
Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas,
Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin Utah, Washington, Wyoming,
Or any place outside the
Use This Address Use This Address
Internal Revenue Service Internal Revenue Service
Cincinnati, OH Ogden, UT
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