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D-U-N-S® Numbers

What is a D-U-N-S 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.

Does my company/organization need a D-U-N-S Number to enroll in an Apple Developer Program?

Companies and educational institutions must provide a D-U-N-S Number registered to their legal entity as part of the enrollment process for Apple Developer Programs. A D-U-N-S Number is optional for government organizations. Before enrolling, use the D‑U‑N ‑S Number look up tool to see if you already have one. If you are enrolling as an individual, you do not need a D-U-N-S Number.

Is there a fee for getting a D-U-N-S Number?

D&B may have already assigned your organization a free D-U-N-S Number. Before enrolling, use the D‑U‑N‑S Number look up 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.

What information do I need to request a 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 look up 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. Please note that Apple does not accept DBAs, Fictitious Businesses, Trade names, or branches for enrollment as a company/organization.

I'm a sole proprietor/single person business. Can I enroll as a company/organization?

No. However, you can enroll as an individual, in which case a D-U-N-S Number is not required.

Do I need a D-U-N-S Number to enroll as an individual?

No. D-U-N-S Numbers are only required to enroll in an Apple Developer Program as a company/organization.

How can I look up the D-U-N-S Number for my company/organization?

D&B may have already assigned your organization a free D-U-N-S Number. Before enrolling, use the D‑U‑N‑S Number look up tool to see if you already have one.

How will my D-U-N-S Number be used in the enrollment process?

Your D-U-N-S Number will be used to check the identity and legal entity status of your company/organization as part of our enrollment verification process.

Can I use my DBA, Fictitious Business, or Trade name as the company name for my enrollment?

No. You must use the legal entity name of your company/organization to enroll in an Apple Developer Program.

How long does it take to receive a D-U-N-S Number once I submit my request?

After requesting a D-U-N-S Number, please allow up to 5 business days to receive your number from D&B. Please note that expediting your D-U-N-S Number creation process will not shorten this waiting period.

How long before I can use my new D-U-N-S Number to enroll in an Apple Developer Program?

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 enroll as a company/organization in an Apple Developer Program. Please note that expediting your D-U-N-S Number creation process will not shorten this waiting period.

How do I update my D&B profile?

To update your profile, please email D&B. Please note that it takes up to 14 business days for D&B to provide updated information to Apple.

I applied for a D-U-N-S Number, but haven't heard from D&B. What should I do?

If your application has taken longer than two weeks to process, please email D&B.

During enrollment I received the message, “Your organization is not listed as a legal entity.” What does this mean?

While many types of businesses can receive a D-U-N-S Number, your business must be recognized as a legal entity to enter into the legal terms and obligations of Apple Developer Program agreements. The business you entered is either listed in the D&B database with a different legal status (e.g., sole proprietorship), or its legal status has not been verified.

If your legal status is a sole proprietorship/single person business, enroll as an individual. Complete business registration documents are required to verify your legal status. If you believe your business should be listed as a legal entity, have your business registration documents ready and email D&B.

Please note that Apple does not accept DBAs, Fictitious Businesses, Trade names, or branches for enrollment as a company/organization. Use the legal entity name of your company/organization to enroll in an Apple Developer Program.

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