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What to Consider About the 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 D&B, the D-U-N-S Number is widely used as a standard business identifier.

This article lists a few considerations regarding your D-U-N-S Number in an Apple Developer Program.



  • Your D-U-N-S Number will be used to check the identity and legal entity status of their organization as part of their enrolment verification process for joining the Apple Developer Program.
  • 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. This includes the following:
    • Corporations
    • Limited partnership
    • Limited liability companies
  • The following are not accepted as legal entities by Apple even if they have a D-U-N-S Number:
    • DBAs (Doing Business As)
    • T/A (Trading As)
    • Fictitious businesses
    • Trade names
  • Of course, if you are enrolling as an Individual, they do not need a D-U-N-S Number although there are more hurdles in publishing an app to an Individual developer account.
  • Go to the following links to learn more about D-U-N-S Number, check if an organization has already got a D-U-N-S Number, and how you can register your business for a D-U-N-S Number for the Apple Developer Program:
  • Once a D-U-N-S Number is set up, an Organisation Developer Account can be created.