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When we start working with a new client in which we are creating an iOS app we always state that clients should control what they own. The following is a quick guide on how to create and obtain a business apple account to allow us to distribute your app onto the store.

D-U-N-S Number Requirements

Apple require a D-U-N-S number to create either an Apple Developer Account to publish an app on the App Store as a company or an enterprise account for internal distribution.

A D-U-N-S number is a unique 9 digit sequence which is recognised as a universal standard of identifying and keeping track of worldwide businesses.

This is 100% free and to obtain yours please complete the following steps;

  1. Go to
  2. Fill in your contact details and go to the next page.
  3. Fill in your company registration number or details.
  4. Select your company.
  • Your D-U-N-S number will be emailed to you shortly, the number will look like the following 99-999-9999

Apple Account Creation

View the memberships available to you here:

A quick summary of the most common ones follows;

Individual: for individual people, sole proprietor/single person business.

The cost of this at the time of writing is 99 USD / year

Enrolling in the program as an Organisation

  • Enterprise: This allows us to bypass the app store and distribute apps exclusively to your organistions employees.

The cost of this is 299 USD / year

  • Apple Developer Program: You can sell and distribute apps on the App Sore from your legal entity name.

The cost of this is 99 USD / year

As this is the most common one we will quickly describe what you need to do. More instructions on this are provided by Apple (

  • First you will need a DUNS number described above.
  • Second you will need to make sure you have legal entity status to enter in contract with Apple.
  • Third you will need to be the legal binding authority for the company. As you will be binding your organisation to legal agreements.
  • And last an Apple Account / Apple ID that is not already bound to an Apple Developer program.

To start the process visit and click the blue button at the bottom.

Need help? Don’t hesitate to ask us.



Jackson is the Founder of Riselabs and gets a real buzz from helping businesses improve their processes. When he isn't consulting with his clients to help them build a bespoke product that will change their business, he can be found travelling the world with his camera by his side. Jackson loves nothing more than life's adventures, and has the pictures to prove it.