How to apply for an ISRC code

By | April 8, 2021


Go to the RIAA website at and click on ‘What we do’. From here you can click on ISRC codes.


Download the program in the form of a PDF or Word document.


Fill in all the necessary information and either email or fax to the RIAA office. They usually require five business days to respond with your code, but in my experience, if they are faxed, they will respond within a day or two.


Once you have the code, bring your CD to the mastering session. The mastering engineer encodes this information in your master CD. You can now take this to the doubles house and have a sense of relief knowing that you can pay right whenever this music is played.

ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) is the international identification system for audio recordings and music recordings. Each ISRC is a unique and permanent identifier for a specific recording that can be permanently encoded into a product as its digital fingerprint. Coded ISRC provides the ability to automatically identify recordings for royalties. Before the CD goes to print, this relevant digital information needs to be encoded into it. I’ll show you how to get the ISRC code for this procedure.