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DUNS NUMBER - Contracting Tip #1

Posted by Ambalal Patel on May 6, 2011 at 12:32 PM

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What is a DUNS Number? 

Created in 1962, the Data Universal Numbering System or D-U-N-S® Number is D&B's copyrighted, proprietary means of identifying business entities on a location-specific basis.


Why should you know about it?

The D-U-N-S® Number is widely used by both commercial and federal entities and was adopted as the standard business identifier for federal electronic commerce in October 1994.


How do you request a DUNS Number?

D-U-N-S Number assignment is free for all businesses required to register with the US Federal government for contracts or grants.

Click here to request your D-U-N-S Number via the Web. If one does not exist for your business location, it can be created within 1 business day. Click here to request your D-U-N-S Number by phone (for U.S., Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands Only).

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