SIC Codes - Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes

What is a SIC Code ?

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes are four digit numerical codes assigned by the U.S. government to business establishments to identify the primary business of the establishment. The Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) is a system for classifying industries by a four-digit code. Established in the United States in 1937, it is used by government agencies to classify industry areas. The classification was developed to facilitate the collection, presentation and analysis of data; and to promote uniformity and comparability in the presentation of statistical data collected by various agencies of the federal government, state agencies and private organizations. The classification covers all economic activities.

The SIC system arrays the economy into 11 divisions, that are divided into 83 2-digit major groups, that are further subdivided into 416 3-digit industry groups, and finally disaggregated into 1,005 4-digit industries. In the United States the SIC code is being supplanted by the six-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS code), which was released in 1997; however certain government departments and agencies, such as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), still use the SIC codes.

The SIC system is also used by agencies in other countries, e.g., by the United Kingdom's Companies House.

SIC Code Title
78 Motion Pictures
7812 Motion Picture and Video Production
781200 Motion picture and video production
78120000 Motion picture and video production
781201 Motion picture production
78120100 Motion picture production
78120101 Cartoon motion picture production
78120102 Educational motion picture production
78120103 Educational motion picture production, television
78120104 Industrial motion picture production
78120105 Motion picture production and distribution
78120106 Motion picture production and distribution, television
78120107 Non-theatrical motion picture production
78120108 Non-theatrical motion picture production, television
78120109 Religious motion picture production
78120110 Television film production
78120111 Training motion picture production
781202 Video production
78120200 Video production
78120201 Music video production
78120202 Video tape production
781299 Motion picture and video production, nec
78129901 Audio-visual program production
78129902 Cartoon production, television
78129903 Commercials, television: tape or film
7819 Services Allied To Motion Pictures
781900 Services allied to motion pictures
78190000 Services allied to motion pictures
781901 Personnel services, motion picture production
78190100 Personnel services, motion picture production
78190101 Cameraman, freelance
78190102 Casting bureau, motion picture
78190103 Consultants, motion picture
78190104 Directors, independent: motion picture
78190105 Employment agencies, motion picture
781902 Reproduction services, motion picture production
78190200 Reproduction services, motion picture production
78190201 Video tape or disk reproduction
781903 Editing services, motion picture production
78190300 Editing services, motion picture production
78190301 Film processing, editing, and titling: motion picture
78190302 TV tape services: editing, transfers, etc.
781904 Equipment and prop rental, motion picture production
78190400 Equipment and prop rental, motion picture production
78190401 Equipment rental, motion picture
78190402 Film library, stock footage
78190403 Studio property rental, motion picture
78190404 Wardrobe rental for motion picture film production
781905 Developing and laboratory services, motion picture
78190500 Developing and laboratory services, motion picture
78190501 Developing and printing of commercial motion picture film
78190502 Laboratory service, motion picture
781999 Services allied to motion pictures, nec
78199901 Sound effects and music production, motion picture
78199902 Visual effects production
7822 Motion Picture and Tape Distribution
782200 Motion picture and tape distribution
78220000 Motion picture and tape distribution
782201 Film exchange services
78220100 Film exchange services
78220101 Film exchange, for television: motion picture
78220102 Film exchange, motion picture
782202 Film rental services
78220200 Film rental services
78220201 Film rental, for television: motion picture
78220202 Film rental, motion picture
782203 Motion picture distribution
78220300 Motion picture distribution
78220301 Distribution, exclusive of production: motion picture
78220302 Distribution, for television: motion picture
782204 Television and video tape distribution
78220400 Television and video tape distribution
78220401 Television tape distribution
78220402 Video tapes, recorded: wholesale
7829 Motion Picture Distribution Services
782900 Motion picture distribution services
78290000 Motion picture distribution services
782901 Booking agencies, motion picture
78290100 Booking agencies, motion picture
78290101 Theatrical booking agency, motion picture
782999 Motion picture distribution services, nec
78299901 Film delivery, motion picture
78299902 Film library, motion picture
78299903 Film purchasing agencies, motion picture
7832 Motion Picture Theaters, Except Drive-in
783200 Motion picture theaters, except drive-in
78320000 Motion picture theaters, except drive-in
783299 Motion picture theaters, except drive-in, nec
78329901 Exhibitors for airlines, motion picture
78329902 Exhibitors, itinerant: motion picture
7833 Drive-in Motion Picture Theaters
783300 Drive-in motion picture theaters
78330000 Drive-in motion picture theaters
7841 Video Tape Rental
784100 Video tape rental
78410000 Video tape rental
784199 Video tape rental, nec
78419901 Film or tape rental, motion picture
78419902 Video disk/tape rental to the general public
 

What are SIC Codes used for?

  • The Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) uses SIC codes when sorting company filings.
  • Companies that operate in a certain industry use a specific SIC code when filing with the SEC so that the type of business is properly identified.
  • Identifying government contracts by their SIC description.
  • To facilitate the collection, presentation, and analysis of data.
  • To promote uniformity and comparability in the presentation of statistical data collected by various agencies of the federal government, state agencies, and private organizations.

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Why are SIC Codes important?

  • Your SIC code is often asked for on various applications and forms.
  • SIC Codes organize industries utilizing a numerical system that defines a business according to its highest revenue source at a particular location.
  • SIC Codes allow the gathering and analysis of data quickly and efficiently.
  • By identifying your company’s SIC Code, eligibility for government contracts may be realized.
  • To identify competitors, public and private.

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How to Read a SIC Code ?

For Example :

Division 20-39 Manufacturing
Major Group 25 Furniture and Fixtures
Industry Group 25 Office Furniture
Industry 2521 Wood Office Furniture

The first two digits of the code identify the major industry group, the third digit identifies the industry group and the fourth digit identifies the industry.

( Note: The digit "9" is used in the third or fourth digit position of the classification code to designate miscellaneous industries not elsewhere classified (NEC). These miscellaneous classifications are not comprised of homogeneous primary activity groups. They are grouped together and treated as a separate industry in order to retain the homogeneity of the other industries in the group. )