The D-U-N-S Number is a unique 9-digit number assigned and maintained by Dun & Bradstreet (D & B). It’s widely used as a business identifier in the U.S. It identifies entities on a location-specific basis.
The D-U-N-S Number is necessary if you are enrolling in the Apple Developer Program as a company/organization. Apple uses it to check the identity and legal status of your business entity as a part of the verification process. In addition to having the D-U-N-S Number, your business must also be recognized as a legal entity (such as a corporation, partnership, limited partnership, or limited liability company). You can learn more about the requirements and the Apple Developer Program enrollment process here.
Note: You have to enroll in the Apple Developer Program as a company/organization. Only then can you upload the app built on Swipecart to your account on the App Store.
Points to remember:
A D-U-N-S Number is a must for companies and educational institutions. It is optional for government organizations.
Apple Developers can get a free of charge assignment of D-U-N-S Number within 5 business days.
A D-U-N-S number stays with your business forever. You needn’t renew it. But you have to update information on a yearly basis.
Requesting a D-U-N-S Number
There are chances that D&B has already assigned your organization a free D-U-N-S number. The Apple Developer Program provides you with a free look-up tool to see if you have the number.
Note: You’ll have to create your Apple ID and password before you can check if you have a D-U-N-S Number.
Fill in all the details in the form and press the “Continue” button.
If your company is not listed, you’ll have the option to submit your information to Dun & Bradstreet through the Apple account asking for a free D-U-N-S Number.
Requirements to obtain the D-U-N-S Number:
Legal entity name
Headquarters name and address for your business
Doing Business As (DBA) or another name by which your business is recognized
Physical address, city, state, ZIP Code
Contact name and title
Number of employees at the physical office
Whether you are a home-based business
Your work contact information
Please have all the documents ready such as business registration papers when requesting a D-U-N-S number. Their representative may contact you directly for any information as a part of their verification process.
After submitting the request, wait for up to 5 business days to receive the D-U-N-S number from D&B at the email address you’ve provided.
If you haven’t received the number even after 2 weeks, email them enquiring about the progress.
Once you receive your D-U-N-S number, again wait for 2 days for Apple to receive the information about your D-U-N-S number.
Now, you can proceed ahead with the enrollment in the Apple Developer Program as a company/organization.
If you have any queries regarding how to obtain a D-U-N-S number for your business, our implementation specialists at Swipecart are ready to help.
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