The 2019 Contractor’s Guide to Dun and Bradstreet Numbers

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Here it is. Everything that government contractors ask about the Dun and Bradstreet number (aka DUNS number) is in this quick, and easy-to-read guide.

In this no-nonsense GCT post, we’re going to just cover these FAQs that federal contractors would have about a Dun and Bradstreet number:

Let’s get to it.

What is the purpose of a Dun and Bradstreet number?

purpose by Nithinan Tatah from the Noun Project

Dun & Bradstreet is a corporation that was founded in 1841. They provide information such as commercial data and analytics for businesses. One of the most notable offerings are their DUNS numbers.

DUNS stands for Data Universal Numbering System. It’s a nine-digit unique identifier for each physical location of your business. Your Dun and Bradstreet number is also used to create your business credit profile with the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation.

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Should I get a DUNS number?

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A DUNS number is one of the items required for registering in the System for Award Management (SAM). An active registration in the System for Award Management is required for every entity wishing to do work with the federal government.

So if you wish to be a government contractor, you should get a DUNS number.

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What information do I need to get a DUNS number?

Information by Gregor Cresnar from the Noun Project

To get a DUNS number, you will need to provide the following information:

  • Your organization’s address
  • The name of your organization
  • Number of employees (both full and part-time)
  • Type of business
  • Year the company was founded
  • Name of the CEO or owner
  • Legal structure

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How do I get a Dun and Bradstreet number?

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All you need to do to get a Dun and Bradstreet number is to request one. Seriously. It’s that simple. Dun and Bradstreet even have a specific portal on their website for government contractors seeking a DUNS number.

Here’s the link.

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How much does it cost to get a DUNS number?

tutorial by Peipei Feng from the Noun Project

It costs $0.00 to get a DUNS number.

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Does a DUNS number expire?

Hour Glass by Gregory Sujkowski from the Noun Project

Your DUNS number is basically a unique identifier for a physical location of your business. That being said, the answer is no. Your Dun and Bradstreet number does not expire and it does not need to be renewed.

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