Why am I required to enroll as an Apple developer to launch a branded mobile app?

This is part of a larger effort by Apple to crack down on "white label" or fully branded apps that are produced using a templated model for spamming purposes.

In keeping with Apple's revised app guidelines, we cannot directly publish to the App Store using our developer account. Instead, you'll need to establish and maintain your own account with Apple, and then invite us an admin user, thereby granting us permission to publish the app on your behalf.

You can read Apple’s full list of terms here: https://developer.apple.com/support/enrollment/.

Should I sign up as a business or individual?
You must sign up as a business. This will require you to have a DUNS number from Dun & Bradstreet.

How do I get a DUNS number?

If you've registered as a legal entity in the past, then it's possible a D-U-N-S number has already been assigned to you. The number is free to acquire and takes mere minutes to look up through the Dun & Bradstreet website.

If you couldn't find your D-U-N-S number, and you've completed all the prior steps in this article, then you'll need to register your business with Dun & Bradstreet. Click here to visit the D-U-N-S registration website and get started.

  • After requesting a number, it may take up to five days to receive it from Dun & Bradstreet. 

Note: If you've waited five days, and haven't received a reply, please contact Dun & Bradstreet at (800) 234-3867 to check on the status of your request.

  • Once your number is received, it may take an additional two days for Apple to receive your registration information.

Given this timeline, we recommend allotting at least one week between requesting a D-U-N-S number and registering with Apple.
 

Do I have to create a new Apple ID?

Not necessarily, but we recommend using one tied to your business rather than a personal account. Here’s the link to create a new one.
 

I see that I’m required to have a business website. What if I don’t have one?

Scout offers a reasonably priced website building service. Click here for more information.
 

Who do I contact for help?


What is the cost?

Apple charges an annual $99 USD fee to maintain your developer account. For clients outside the United States, this fee will vary by location and local currency.


Do I still have to complete these requirements if I find a different app developer?

Yes, these are universal rules issued directly by Apple that apply to all businesses and developers who wish to operate on the App Store.


Why do I need two-factor authentication?

Apple requires all developers use two-factor authentication to verify ownership of their Developer account. You will need a qualifying Apple device to complete this step—click here to learn more about the necessary steps.

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