If an app has been sold to a business that is not a registered entity and does not have a Dunn and Bradstreet D-U-N-S Number, then, to publish its app on the Apple App Store, the customer will have to create an individual developer account.
This article provides information on the possible issues that one can experience when submitting an app for business using an individual developer account.
Submitting an app for a business account using an individual developer account poses the following hurdles and, in some cases, can result in rejection by Apple.
- Apple will not be able to verify the identity of the business as the account has been set up in a personal name, and there is no D-U-N-S Number.
- Supporting documentation has to be provided to Apple to prove that the individual who has set up the developer account owns the business.
- BiznessApps cannot be set up as a team member. Therefore the publishing team will not be able to bypass two-factor authentication (2FA), which makes the situation even more challenging.
We have overcome these issues until now and published apps for businesses which do not have a D-U-N-S Number using individual developer accounts; however, Apple is making it more challenging to do so.
Wherever possible, always try and get your client to set up an Organization Developer Account to avoid these issues.
Also, read the article on Two-factor authentication (2FA), especially how this affects publishing an app using individual developer accounts.