Launch Your Mobile App: Your D-U-N-S Number
In this lesson,we’re talking about your DUNS number.
And, you may be wondering what this thing even is.
Well, a DUNS Number is a unique nine-digit number used to identify business entities on a location-specific basis.
Basically, this thing is like your business’ fingerprint — it’s for your business and your business only, it never expires, and it’s never reused. And, this number is assigned to your business by a company called Dun & Bradstreet.
And, here’s why it’s important. This number is used as a standard business identifier and is required to complete your Apple Developer Enrollment, which is needed to host your mobile app on the App Store.
Simply put, if you want your mobile app in the App Store—you need this number.
In this lesson, we are going to walk you through how to request a DUNS Number.
But first it’s important to note, that if you want to use Tapcart, your business must be recognized as a legal entity, like an LLC or an Incorporated.
If your business license is filed as an individual, sole proprietor, or single person business you will not be able to enroll as a company/organization for the Apple Developer program, which inhibits your ability to use Tapcart.
Meaning, even if you receive a DUNS number as an individual, you won't be able to complete some required steps down the line that allow you to use Tapcart to connect your Shopify store with your mobile app.
Essentially, just make sure your business is a legal entity, and we’re good to go.
And, here’s some potential good news. If your business is already recognized as a legal entity, then D&B may have already assigned your organization a free DUNS Number.
So, you may be able to skip the rest of this video, and save about one to two weeks of waiting for a number, by heading over to the DUNS Number lookup tool to see if you have one there.
What I suggest is; pause this video, go ahead and fill in the info on the page, and check if you have a number. Then, come back, unpause me and we’ll take it from there.
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Alright. Did you pause me? If yes, and you have a DUNS Number, congratulations, that’s it — watch no further and move on to the next lesson to complete your enrollment in Apple Developer.
If you don’t have one, then your company is not listed yet, so I’ll show you how to get it listed.
From the DUNS Number Lookup Tool, you have the option to submit your info to D&B for a free DUNS Number.
So, confirm your info..
Check this box..
And, hit ‘Submit’.
And, that’s it. A D&B representative may contact you directly for more information, but other than that you should be good to go.
From there, it can take about five business days to receive your number from D&B. And, if it’s any longer than that, you can contact them to see what’s up.
Or, you can always reach out to your Implementation Specialist here at Tapcart for additional assistance.
And, that’s it. Once you receive your DUNS Number, give Apple about two business days to receive your information from D&B, and then you should be good to go — to enroll as a Company/Organization in the Apple Developer program.
And that wraps up this lesson, you now know how to request a DUNS Number, allowing you to complete your enrollment in the Apple Developer program and host your mobile app in the App Store with Tapcart.