Apple Developer Program Membership Fee Waivers

Apple Developer Program membership is now available at no cost for eligible organizations. Nonprofit organizations, accredited educational institutions, and government entities that will distribute only free apps on the App Store and are based in eligible countries can request to have their annual membership fee waived.


You can request to have the 99 USD annual membership fee waived if you’re a nonprofit organization, accredited educational institution, or government entity that will distribute only free apps on the App Store and is based in an eligible country. Apple will review your request and contact you to let you know whether your request is approved.

Eligible countries: Brazil, China, Japan, United Kingdom, United States.

New Members

To join the Apple Developer Program at no cost as an eligible organization, select the option to submit a fee waiver during enrollment. If the fee waiver is approved, your organization will not need to pay for membership.

To begin your enrollment, you’ll need an Apple ID as well as the following:

  • A D‑U‑N‑S® Number
    Your organization must have a D‑U‑N‑S Number so that we can verify your organization’s identity and legal entity status. These unique nine-digit numbers are assigned by Dun & Bradstreet and are widely used as standard business identifiers. You can check to see if your organization already has a D‑U‑N‑S Number and request one if necessary. They are free in most jurisdictions. Learn more
  • Legal Entity Status
    Your organization must be a legal entity so that it can enter into contracts with Apple. We do not accept DBAs, fictitious businesses, trade names, or branches.
  • Legal Binding Authority
    As the person enrolling your organization in the Apple Developer Program, you must have the legal authority to bind your organization to legal agreements. You must be the organization’s owner/founder, executive team member, senior project lead, or have legal authority granted to you by a senior employee.

Existing Members

Account Holders of eligible organizations can submit a fee waiver at any time before their membership expiration date. This waiver requires a tax ID/national ID, which is a number assigned by local government agencies to identify a business within the local market. Examples include the VAT Number in Europe, the Siret Number in France, the Company Number in Australia, and the State Registry Number in Brazil. If the fee waiver is approved, the organization will no longer need to pay an annual fee upon renewal. Full or partial refunds for existing memberships are not available.

Additional Details

All requests to waive membership fees will be reviewed by Apple. If you distribute a paid app or an app with in-app purchase on the App Store after your fee waiver is approved, you will be responsible for the annual membership fee of 99 USD.

Fee waivers are not available for:

  • Organizations distributing paid apps or apps with in-app purchase on the App Store
  • Members of the Apple Developer Enterprise Program
  • Individuals and sole proprietors/single person businesses

Fee waivers for other countries will be added as they become available. Please contact us if you have questions.