What is a D-U-N-S number and why does my company need one?
Apple requires that your company be a legal entity in order to enroll in the Apple Developer Program as an organization. The D-U-N-S number from Dun & Bradstreet is used as a third-party verification source to assure that your company is a legal entity. A D-U-N-S number is simply a unique identifier for your business within the global Duns & Bradstreet network.
For more information and details, please check out the D&B explanation on their website.
Does my company have a D-U-N-S number?
It is fairly common that a lot companies already have a D-U-N-S Number. The best way to find out if your company already has one it to reach out to D&B or to look it up using their tools. If your company is based in the United States, use the D-U-N-S Number Lookup to find out whether or not your company has an existing D-U-N-S Number.
If your company is outside of the United States, visit the D-U-N-S International website to choose your country or region and search for your company from the D&B website for your specific region or country.
Can my company get a D-U-N-S number?
While most companies can get a D-U-N-S number, the requirements to enroll in the Apple Developer Program are a bit more specific. You and your company need to meet three other criteria as well, which are pictured in the screenshot below.
Feel free to view all the requirements to apply on as on organization directly on Apple's website by visiting this link.
How does my company get a D-U-N-S number?
If you have searched and determined that your company does not have a D-U-N-S number, you can register for one here. D-U-N-S will ask for the following information during registration:
- Legal entity name
- Headquarters address
- Mailing address
- Your work contact information
While we are always here to help and give direction in this process, due to the nature of the D&B process, most requests will be required to come directly from a member or employee of your company. The best thing to do for any and all D-U-N-S problems is to contact them directly, using either their phone number or live chat.
If you are unable to find a solution after contacting D&B, please reach out to us directly. Some of the most common issues in the D-U-N-S process are outlined below.
Common Questions and Concerns
My Company Address or other Information is Incorrect
This is a common problem and happens fairly, and the solution requires that you contact D&B or use their iUpdate tool. The most common information that needs to be updated is company name, address, or phone number.
My Company Cannot Obtain A D-U-N-S Number
If D-U-N-S has denied your enrollment and said that you are not eligible for a D-U-N-S number, please ask why and reach out to your customer success representative to figure out the best next steps.