Apple Developer Program
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. To learn more, visit dnb.com.
Is there a fee for getting a D-U-N-S Number?
In most jurisdictions you can obtain a D-U-N-S Number for free by asking for a No Charge D-U-N-S Number. While D&B may offer to expedite the process for an additional fee or provide other services, this and other account upgrades are optional and are not required to enroll as a company/organization in an Apple Developer Program.
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.
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 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.
Does expediting my D-U-N-S Number request with D&B mean I can use my number sooner?
While expediting your D-U-N-S Number creation process may enable you to receive your number sooner, it will still take up to 14 business days for D&B to provide updated information to Apple. You will not be able to use your number to enroll until this step has been completed.
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.
What information do I need to request a D-U-N-S Number?
If you are a company, non-profit organization, joint venture, partnership, or government organization, you will need to provide the following items. When contacting D&B, please mention that you are an Apple developer.
- Business legal name
- Business registration documentation
- Name of owner or CEO
- Type of business
- Year the business began operations
- Headquarter address and mailing address
- Primary contact information
- Number of employees
Please note that Apple does not accept DBAs, Fictitious Businesses, Trade names, or branches for enrollment as a company/organization.
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 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 from D&B, please allow up to 14 business days for D&B to provide updated information to Apple. 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 contact 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 contact 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 contact D&B. Please mention that you are an Apple developer.
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.
Who can I contact?
If you have questions please email AppleCS@DnB.com