Get to Know the Dun & Bradstreet D-U-N-S® Number

So you think you’re a savvy business owner who knows all about the D-U-N-S Number? Or maybe you’re an ambitious entrepreneur and you’re here to learn (nice work!). This D-U-N-S Number quiz will separate the new entrepreneurs from the know-it-alls. Test your knowledge below – you just might learn a thing or two!


How Well Do You Know the D-U-N-S Number®?
How Well Do You Know the Dun & Bradstreet D-U-N-S® Number?
The D-U-N-S Number is used to establish a business credit file, which is often referenced by lenders and others to help predict the reliability of a company. Let’s put your knowledge to the test!
The D-U-N-S Number has been around since 1963, and there are 280M+ businesses in Dun & Bradstreet’s database.
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Even if not required, providing your D-U-N-S Number with your contract bid is a great way to showcase your credibility to non-government clients.
A D-U-N-S Number establishes a business credit file for a company, which can be leveraged for funding, contracts, and more. But, it can take up to 30 business days to receive
a D-U-N-S Number.

Companies may have a D-U-N-S Number and not even know it! See if your business already has a D-U-N-S Number by looking up your business or search for another company to find its report.
A company could have multiple D-U-N-S Numbers associated with it based on information its suppliers and partners have submitted to Dun & Bradstreet. You can verify your company information for free with Company Update.
The government currently requires a D-U-N-S Number for businesses that wish to bid on its contracts. You can get an expedited D-U-N-S Number if you’re a federal contractor.
You can actually use the D-U-N-S Number to do all of these things: establish your business credit file, manage your cash flow, and get better terms and rates on loans. You can use another company’s D-U-N-S Number to find its file and manage risks to your company.
Apple requires developers to have a D-U-N-S Number in order to verify the legal entity status of their organization. You can learn more about D-U-N-S Numbers for developers from Apple.
Your business needs an EIN (Employer Identification Number) for tax purposes, but it won’t establish your business credit file like a D-U-N-S Number will. Learn more about how the two numbers differ.
The D-U-N-S Number is a 9-digit identifier for a business, but the numbers are not representative of the business, they are provided at random!
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How’d you score? If we stumped you, learn more about the D-U-N-S Number, or apply for one below!
How’d you score? If we stumped you, learn more about the D-U-N-S Number, or apply for one below!



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