What is the D-U-N-S number?
The Data Universal Numbering System, commonly abbreviated as DUNS or D-U-N-S, is a proprietary system developed and managed by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) that assigns a unique numeric identifier to as a “DUNS number” to a single business entity.
It was introduced in the 1960s for credit reporting and is now standard followed worldwide.
It is a nine-digit number assigned to each business entity with a unique, separate, and distinct operation to identify them. The DUNS number is random, and the digits have no apparent significance.
Why D-U-N-S is required for using Apple Services?
When an organization decides to buy Apple devices, then they have to buy Apple Enterprise services to buy & manage these devices. ABM, Apple Developer Portal, etc., requires the organization to have a DUNS number. If an organization wants to distribute apps to different geographical locations, then it needs to have ABM subscriptions, and then for enrolling in ABM, you will need a DUNS number.
D-U-N-S Number will be used to check your organization’s identity and legal entity status as part of our enrollment verification process for joining the Apple Developer Program or the Apple Developer Enterprise Program. The company/business must be recognized as a legal entity (such as a corporation, limited partnership, or limited liability company) to enter into the legal terms and obligations of the Apple Developer Program agreements. It does not allow DBAs, fictitious businesses, trade names, and branches to register for it.
Companies and educational institutions must provide a D-U-N-S Number registered to their legal entity.
Steps for requesting a D-U-N-S number
It could be possible that D&B may have already assigned your organization a free D-U-N-S Number. Before enrolling, look up your organization to see if you have a D-U-N-S Number. If your company is not listed, you’ll have the option to submit your information to Dun & Bradstreet for a free D-U-N-S Number.
You’ll be asked for the following information when looking up your organization:
- Legal entity name
- Headquarters address
- Mailing address
- Your work contact information
As part of their verification process, a D&B representative will contact you directly for more information (such as your business type or the number of employees).
- Click or copy the following link to your browser Get a D-U-N-S Number – Establish Your Business – D&B (dnb.com)
- Select your Primary Reason for D-U-N-S Number Registration from the drop-down menu
- Complete the company information sections. You will need to provide information about your organization, like legal name, address, contact name & title.
- Review Details
- Click the “Submit” button to complete your request
Once you have completed the entire process, you will receive a confirmation email. It will take 24 to 48 hours to receive your D‐U‐N‐S Number, which you will receive via email for your records.