What is a DUNS number?

The D-U-N-S Number is a unique nine-digit number that identifies business entities on a location-specific basis. Assigned and maintained by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), the D-U-N-S Number is widely used as a standard business identifier.

Your D-U-N-S Number will be used to check the identity and legal entity status of your organization as part of our enrollment verification process for joining the Apple Developer Program or the Apple Developer Enterprise Program. While many types of businesses can receive a D-U-N-S Number, your business must be recognized as a legal entity (e.g., a corporation, limited partnership, limited liability company) to enter into the legal terms and obligations of Apple Developer Program agreements. DBAs, fictitious businesses, trade names, and branches are not accepted.

Companies and educational institutions must provide a D-U-N-S Number registered to their legal entity, while a D-U-N-S Number is optional for government organizations.

Requesting a D-U-N-S Number

If you are a Limited Liability, Company, Incorporation, Limited Partnership….

D&B may have already assigned your organization a free D-U-N-S Number. Before enrolling, use the D-U-N-S Number lookup tool to see if you have one. If your company is not listed, you'll have the option to submit your information to Dun & Bradstreet for a free D-U-N-S Number.

You will be asked for the following information when requesting a D-U-N-S Number using the D-U-N-S Number lookup tool:

  • Legal entity name

  • Headquarters address

  • Mailing address

  • Your work contact information

As part of their verification process, a D&B representative may contact you directly for more information (e.g., type of business, number of employees). Please have your business registration documents ready.

If you are an Individual, Sole Proprietor, Single Person Business…

Your business must be recognized as a legal entity (e.g., a corporation, limited partnership, limited liability company) to enter into the legal terms and obligations of Apple Developer Program agreements NOT a Sole Proprietorship.

If you have already enrolled in Apples Developer program as an Individual, you will need to reach out to the DUNS team to update your account to upgrade the legal status of your DUNS number. You can reach out to them here (855) 444-3091. It takes up to 14 business days for D&B to provide updated information on legal status to Apple. Once your DUNS is activated as an Organization, you can then enroll to the Apple Developer as an ORGANIZATION.

Receiving and Managing Your D-U-N-S Number

After requesting a D-U-N-S Number, please allow up to 5 business days to receive your number from D&B. Expediting your D-U-N-S Number creation process will not shorten this waiting period. If your application has taken longer than two weeks to process, please email D&B.

Once you receive your D-U-N-S Number, please allow up to 2 business days for Apple to receive your information from D&B. After this period, you may move on to enroll as a company/organization in the Apple Developer Program. See Apple Enrollment steps here: https://help.tapcart.com/hc/en-us/articles/360038479933-Create-your-Apple-Developer-account

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