D-U-N-S Number

D-U-N-S Number

Getting a DUNS Number

Before we can receive an SBA guarantee, every small business will need to obtain a Dun & Bradstreet, or D-U-N-S, Number, which is a unique nine-digit identification number for each physical location of your business. DUNS Number assignment is free for all businesses.

Registering for a DUNS Number

SBA recently instituted a new policy that requires all applications going forward to have a DUNS Number. NADCO members, Randy Griffin and David Amick, developed a simple procedure for searching a business’ already existing DUNS number using Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp (DBCC), who allows a simple search on their system to find a DUNS Number.

If you are a lender wishing to simply look up the pre-existing DUNS number of one of your borrowers, follow the steps below:

Instructions for finding a borrower’s DUNS Number: 

  1. Go to this web link: www.smallbusiness.dnb.com
  2. Under Products: select “Get a D-U-N-S”
  3. At the top of the page, place your cursor on Establish a D&B DUNS; select “Search for a D&B DUNS”
  4. This should bring up the D&B D-U-N-S Number Lookup page. You will need to enter the company name and current address, then “Search”.
  5. Your company should appear in the box in the middle of the page. Select “Send DUNS#”.
  6. In the little box this brings up, fill in your first and last name and your email address. Select “Send DUNS#”. You should receive a confirmation for your request, and it will tell you that the number will be emailed to you.

If your borrower needs to establish a DUNS number, follow these simple steps from D&B, also found on SBA’s website:

Instructions for a borrower to create a DUNS Number: 
Navigate your browser to D-U-N-S Request Service which redirects you to the D&B website OR you can go directly to the website http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform.This page contains links for searching or requesting the D&B DUNS number.

To create a DUNS number, you will need the following on hand:

  • Legal name
  • Headquarters name and address for your business
  • Doing Business As (DBA) or other name by which your business is commonly recognized
  • Physical address, city, state and ZIP Code
  • Mailing address (if separate from headquarters and/or physical address)
  • Telephone number
  • Contact name and title
  • Number of employees at your physical location