Welcome to Step 1 in our article series about setting up your Apple Developer account for your Branded App. Congratulations on taking the plunge to build an app that's branded to your Socio event or community! This series of articles will walk you through each step of the process.
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What is a D-U-N-S number and why does my company need one?
If you're planning to create a Socio Branded App, your organization needs to enroll in the Apple Developer Program. Apple requires that your company be verified as a legal entity in order to enroll in the program. They further require that this verification be in the form of a D-U-N-S number from Dun & Bradstreet - a third-party verification source. The D-U-N-S number is simply a unique identifier for your business within the global Duns & Bradstreet network that acts as a digital certificate.
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's fairly common for companies to already have a D-U-N-S number. Apple's D-U-N-S Lookup form is the easiest way to locate your number. If you can't find your number there, you can also try D&B's search tools, or reach out to D&B directly.
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 then search for your company.
Is my company eligible to 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.
Feel free to view all the requirements to apply as an organization directly on Apple's website by visiting this link.
How can my company get a D-U-N-S number?
If you've searched on the D& B website and determined that your company doesn't already have a D-U-N-S number, you can register for one here. D&B will ask for the following information during registration:
Legal entity name
Your work contact information
After requesting a D-U-N-S Number, please allow up to 14 business days to receive your number from D&B. You can pay D&B a fee for a 5 day turnaround on your D-U-N-S Number, though we recommend allowing for the full 14 days regardless. If you're on a tight timeline, submit the request as soon as possible and consider emailing D&B to discuss options.
While you're waiting for your D-U-N-S number, you can go ahead and start building your Branded App and creating your event or community! Doing so will give you a head start since you'll have to configure the event with an Icon, Cover Image, Banners (if applicable), and customized feature icons before you can submit your Branded App.
Once you've got your D-U-N-S number, you're ready to move on to Step 2 of the Apple Developer process! Click below to get started.
While we're always here to help and give direction in this process, due to the nature of the D&B process, D-U-N-S related requests must 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're 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.
My company cannot obtain a D-U-N-S number.
If D&B has denied your enrollment and said that you are not eligible for a D-U-N-S number, please ask them for the specific reason(s), and reach out to your Socio customer success representative to figure out the best next steps.
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