To find a company's DUNS number, use the Dun & Bradstreet lookup form on its website. Dun & Bradstreet sends the number to the email address you provide along with the company name and the location. If the company has received numbers for more than one location, the lookup service prompts you to choose the correct one. Another service provided is the issuance of DUNS numbers, which is free through its iUpdate pages.
A DUNS number is a nine-digit business identification number used for credit-tracking and as a government identifier for companies doing business with the federal government as well as each other. Businesses, and more recently individuals, around the world may apply for and receive DUNS numbers for free from Dun & Bradstreet, which has been providing numbers and maintaining databases of information pertaining to those numbers since 1963.
The free process can take up to 30 business days for applicants, but for a fee, which is tax-deductible in many cases, a business can begin building its credit in as little as five days. Expediting the process is just one service offered new businesses. The fee to expedite also includes access to the Dun & Bradstreet business network. For small businesses, Dun & Bradstreet offers a Small Business Starter package to help small businesses promote themselves on the Dun & Bradstreet network and on the Internet.