How to convert Apple Developer Program from Individual to Organization

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In this article, we will walk you through the process to convert your existing Apple Developer Program from an individual account to an organization account.

 

 

 

Why should I convert to an organization account?

If your company is, or recently changed its legal status to, a Corporation (Corp., Inc.), Limited Liability Company (LLC, LC, Ltd. Co.), or a legal entity such as GmbH, AG, KG, oHg, etc, you must enroll as an organization or your app will be rejected in the next update as Apple can't see that the app and the company belong together.

 

 

Submit an account update request

If you have enrolled your company as an individual and need to convert your individual membership to an organization membership, follow the steps below:

number_in_circles_1.png Navigate to Apple's Contact Form

To convert your account type, submit a request to Apple Developer Program Support.

  1. Open the Contact Us form from the Apple Developer Program.
  2. Log in with the Apple ID and Password associated with your existing Apple Developer Program, if necessary.

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number_in_circles_2.png Fill out The Form

Follow the steps below to fill out the form:

  1. Select your Region.
  2. Choose "Account Updates and Renewals" as your Subject.
  3. Fill out the Message with the following information:

    I would like to convert my account type from Individual to Organization. My company currently does not hold an active Organization membership.

    Please refer to the information provided below. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the phone number listed. Thank you!

    1. Name: CEO's First and Last Name
    2. Organization Name: Your Company Name, including the entity type Inc., Corp., LLC, LC, Ltd. Co., etc. This name will show up in the App Store as your app's seller/developer name.
    3. Account Type: Company / Organization
    4. D-U-N-S® Number: What is a D-U-N-S number and where can I find it?
    5. Address: Your Company Address
    6. Phone Number: A phone number that Apple can reach you for additional questions or account verification.
  4. Click Send.

Within the next two weeks, Apple will call the Phone Number listed to verify your enrollment. Please make sure to notify the person who is going to answer the call.

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number_in_circles_3.png Complete the Process and Notify Shopgate

After Apple called and verified your enrollment, you will receive an email from Apple asking you to fill out additional information about your organization. Please follow the instructions in the email accordingly.

Please send a short email to support@shopgate.com after you have completed the whole process.

 

That's it! Now you have converted your Apple Developer Program from an individual account to an organization account.

For more information on Apple Developer account, please visit Apple Developer Support. For more questions about the enrollment process, please contact us at support@shopgate.com.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I enroll as an individual or organization?

If your company is a Corporation (Corp., Inc.), Limited Liability Company (LLC, LC, Ltd. Co.), or a legal entity such as GmbH, AG, KG, oHg, etc, you must enroll as an organization or your app will be rejected.

Having an organizational membership with the Apple Developer Program gives you several advantages. For example, your company brand name will appear below the app name in the App Store, and you can invite additional developers to your team within your account.

However, if you are a sole proprietorship or a single person company, you must enroll as an individual.

 

What is a D-U-N-S® number and where can I find it?

The D-U-N-S Number is a unique nine-digit number that identifies business entities on a location-specific basis. Assigned and maintained by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), the D-U-N-S Number is widely used as a standard business identifier.

While many types of businesses can receive a D-U-N-S Number, your business must be recognized as a legal entity (e.g., a corporation, limited partnership, limited liability company) to enter into the legal terms and obligations of Apple Developer Program agreements. DBAs, fictitious businesses, trade names, and branches are not accepted.

D&B may have already assigned your organization a free D-U-N-S Number. Before enrolling, check if you already received one using the D-U-N-S Number lookup tool

 

What should I do if I can't find my D-U-N-S number?

If your company is not listed here, you can submit your information to Dun & Bradstreet for a free D-U-N-S Number. You will be asked for the following information when requesting a D-U-N-S Number using the D-U-N-S Number lookup tool:

  • Legal entity name
  • Headquarters address
  • Mailing address
  • Your work contact information

As part of their verification process, a D&B representative may contact you for more information (e.g., type of business, the number of employees). Please have your business registration documents ready.

 

Can I enroll as an individual and have my company appear as the seller on the App Store?

No. To have your company name appear as the seller, you must enroll as an organization and your company must be recognized as a legal entity. If you are a sole proprietor/single person business, you must join as an individual and your legal name will appear as the seller.

If you have enrolled as an individual and need to convert your individual membership to an organization membership, please contact us at support@shopgate.com

 

How much does a membership cost?

The Apple Developer Program membership is $99 per membership year in the United States and 99€ in Europe. This cost is the same for an individual membership and an organizational membership.

To provide a long-standing app, you must renew and pay for your membership every year.

 

 

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