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:
Step 1: Go to this web link: www.smallbusiness.dnb.com
Step 2: Under Products: select “Get a D-U-N-S”
Step 3: At the top of the page, place your cursor on Establish a D&B DUNS; select “Search for a D&B DUNS”
Step 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”.
Step 5: Your company should appear in the box in the middle of the page. Select “Send DUNS#”.
Step 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:
Step 1: 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