Apple: Section II - Developer Account Enrollment

Previous Step: Section I - Basic Information

Part I Enrolling as an "Individual" vs. an "Organization
Part II Getting Your D-U-N-S Number

Part I - Enrolling as an “Individual” vs. an “Organization”

Now that you have created an Apple ID, you’re ready to begin the enrollment process for an Apple developer account! 

When you begin the enrollment process, you will be presented with two options for enrollment:

  1. Enroll as an Individual
  2. Enroll as an Organization

For the purposes of launching your service on iOS and tvOS with Vimeo OTT, we’ll require that you enroll as an "Organization."

An Apple developer account created as an "Individual" does not have the ability to grant other users (i.e. that's us!) access to your developer account or the permissions required for our Apps team to publish and maintain your application on your behalf.

What if I enrolled as an “Individual” instead of an “Organization”?

No problem! This is a common mistake that is correctable - though it will take some additional time!

Before you can begin transferring your account to an “Organization” status, you will need to have a D-U-N-S number registered and available. Then, follow the below steps:

  1. Contact Apple Developer Support
  2. Log-in with the same Apple ID that you used to create the existing developer account
  3. Select your Region from the drop-down menu
  4. Select “Account Updates and Renewals” in the “Subject” drop-down menu
  5. Include messaging that that you would like to “convert your Individual account to an Organization” and then provide the following information:
    1. The first and last name as the company representative and Account Owner
    2. The name of the company
    3. The complete D-U-N-S number
    4. The mailing address for the company
    5. The phone number for the company
  6. Upon receipt, Apple will contact you to verify the information and may potentially send additional forms you will need to complete. Apple should also provide an estimate of how long the process should take.

How can I tell which enrollment option I chose?

Easy! Simply log-in to Apple’s Developer Center and click on "Membership" on the left-side navigation menu. Then, you’ll want to see what the “Entity Type” is listed as. If the “Entity Type” reads “Company / Organization,” you’re all set! Here is an example of a developer account set-up properly as an Organization:

Part II - Getting Your D-U-N-S Number

To enroll as an "Organization," Apple will require the following information from you:

  1. A D-U-N-S number
  2. Legal entity status
  3. Legal binding authority
  4. A website (this can be your OTT website or an existing one if you have it available)

What’s a D-U-N-S Number?

A D-U-N-S number is a unique nine-digit number assigned to you and maintained by Dun & Bradstreet. While many types of businesses can receive a D-U-N-S Number, your business must be recognized as a legal entity (ex: a corporation, limited partnership, limited liability company) to enter into the legal terms and obligations of Apple Developer Program agreements. 

If you are not sure if you already have been given a D-U-N-S number, you can utilize their search look-up tool. If you are not listed, you’ll need to submit your information to Dun & Bradstreet to receive a new D-U-N-S number. When you are prompted to select the primary reason for your registration, choose “I’m an Apple Developer”

How long does this process take?

After submitting your information, it can take up to approximately 5 business days to receive your new D-U-N-S number. Though you have the option to expedite this creation, it will not shorten the waiting period. 

Once you receive your D-U-N-S number, it will take up to an additional 2 - 3 business days for Apple to receive this information from Dun & Bradstreet.

After this information has been received by both parties, you can continue along with your enrollment.

Next Step: Section III - Configuring Your Apple Developer Account