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What we know about D-U-N-S number

The startup ecosystem has grown rapidly over the past two decades, and more support is available in all dimensions. As vehicles for development and transformation, startups exist within a larger business environment that focuses on generating impactful solutions.


With increase in number of startups, this question of DUNS is also increasing, here in this blog I am sharing my perspective


The Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) is a proprietary system developed and managed by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) that assigns a single business entity a unique numeric identifier known as a "DUNS 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.


The D‑U‑N‑S Number also enables identification of relationships between corporate entities (hierarchies and linkages), another key element of Live Business Identity and commercial risk assessment practices.


Introduced in the 1960s, it is now an international standard for credit reporting.


DUNS requirement for Apple

Apple Enterprise services are required when an organization buys Apple devices and manages them. An organization must have a DUNS number to participate in ABM, Apple Developer Portal, etc. It will be necessary for the organization to enroll in ABM if it wishes to distribute apps to different geographical locations, and then the organization will need a DUNS number.


When you enroll in the Apple Developer Program or Apple Developer Enterprise Program, Apple will use your D-U-N-S Number to verify your organization's legal entity status and identity. Apple Developer Program agreements require companies/businesses to qualify as legal entities (such as corporations, limited partnerships, or limited liability companies).


An entity-specific D-U-N-S Number must be provided by companies and educational institutions.



How to register for D-U-N-S number

If you are not sure whether your organization has a D-U-N-S Number, look it up before enrolling. A free Dun & Bradstreet Number can be obtained if your company is not listed.


In order to look up your organization, you will need to provide the following information:

Legal entity name

  • Headquarters address

  • Mailing address

  • Your work contact information


In order to verify your business information, D&B will contact you directly

  • Open the D&B site

  • Dropdown menus let you choose the primary reason for registering a D-U-N-S number

  • Please complete the sections pertaining to your company. Your organization's legal and address information, along with your title and contact name, must be provided.

  • Validate the information

  • Complete your request by clicking "Submit"

Following the completion of the process, a confirmation email will be sent to you. It will take 24 to 48 hours to receive your D‐U‐N‐S Number


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