How to Create an Apple Developer Account

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Creating an Apple Developer Account Overview

All apps created for the Apple App Store must be submitted under the Developer Account for the Client it’s created for. There are a few simple steps involved as detailed below. The Apple Developer Account is $99 per year however if you are a Non-Profit 501C-3 you can get the fee waived during the signup process. To enroll you will want to have a D-U-N-S Number handy. If you are not sure if you have one you can look it up below.

To understand about the new Apple Requirements read our article we wrote below.

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What to Expect…

A FEW SMALL STEPS

  1. Create an Apple ID or use your Existing One (You)

  2. Get your D-U-N-S Number (Dun & Brad Street Number) (You)

  3. Enroll in the Apple Developer Account (Pay the Membership Cost $99) (You)

  4. Transfer Your App from the AMG Account to Your New Apple Developer Account (We do this)

  5. Update Your App with Our Latest App Source Code (We do this)

Note: Your App will remain active during the entire process. This is all behind the scenes stuff.


Let’s Start the Enrollment Process

You will begin by clicking the “Enroll Here”" Button. You’ll then be asked to enter or create a new Apple ID. It is recommended by Apple that you create a new Apple ID that reflects your business name. This way your personal ID is separate from your business account. Depending on your “Business Structure” there may be times where this APPLE ID needs to be accessed by another employee and so having one separate from your personal Apple ID is ideal.

Create an Apple ID

Sign in using an existing Apple ID or click ‘Create Apple ID’ to create a new Apple ID.

  • Recommended to use or created an APPLE ID for your business as mentioned above. (Best to use your “work email” )

  • Note: Two Factor Authentication will need to be turned on. If you don’t have another Apple device to verify that is. You can click the CONTACT US and speak with Apple and let them know you don’t have an additional Apple Device and they can do a work around which will send verification to a number or email instead.

The Apple Developer Agreement

Read the Apple Developer Agreement then check the ‘By checking this box I confirm that I have read and agree...’ box and click the ‘Submit’ button.

Choose an Entity Type

You will be prompted to select an Entity Type. There are three options: Individual, Organization, or Government Organization. The entity type is what Apple uses to display as their Developer Name. For example, as an Individual, the Developer Name will be your full name. As an Organization, the Developer Name will be your Business’ Name.

It is highly recommended that you register as an Organization. Apple has emphasized per Item 4.2.6 in the Developer Agreement that the App Name and Developer Name need to match in order for your application to be approved.

If Enrolling as an Organization

The customer should have an Apple ID as well as the following to get started:

  1. A D-U-N-S® Number -The D-U-N-S Number is a unique nine-digit identifier for businesses. It is used to establish your business credit file, which is often referenced by lenders and potential business partners to help predict the reliability and/or financial stability of working with you.  

    1. Register here.

    2. Learn More here.

    3. FAQ’s here.

  2. Legal Entity Status - The customer’s organization must be a legal entity so that it can be entered into contracts with Apple.  Apple does not accept DBAs, fictitious businesses, trade names, or branches. 

  3. Legal Binding Authority - As the person enrolling the organization in Apple’s Developer Program, the person must have the legal authority to bind the organization to legal agreements.  They must be the organization’s owner/founder, executive team member, senior project lead, or have legal authority granted to you by a senior employee.

As we mentioned before you can check to see if you have a D-U-N-S number by doing a quick search below by clicking the “D-U-N-S Lookup” button. If you find that one exists you can then have it emailed to you. Otherwise you will need to Register for one.

Note: A common issue or reason for a rejection from APPLE may be if your Business Entity Type or information does not match who you are now. For example your were a Sole Prop before and your DUNS still reflects this, but you are now a Corp. If this is the case you have to contact Dun & Brad Street to update it. If you have questions about what a D-U-N-S number is click here

Contact Information

After the customer selects the entity type, Apple will want them to enter and confirm the contact information.

Confirmation

After entering the payment information, Apple will ask the customer to complete and confirm the purchase.

Payment

Fill in the billing information and press ‘Continue’ to complete the payment and setup of your yearly iOS Developer Account!


PLEASE NOTE: Be on the look out for any emails from APPLE DEVELOPMENT during this process. Upon signing up you should receive an email from them within 24-48 hours once they confirm you have the authority to create this account. At that point they may ask you to read the Terms and Conditions and then pay for the membership (if applicable). This should complete the process. Of course if there are any discrepancies Apple will let you know by email as well so they can be fixed.