D&B logo-8The Data Universal Numbering System, abbreviated as DUNS or D-U-N-S, is a system developed and regulated by Dun & Bradstreet.

The D&B D-U-N-S Number is D&B’s distinctive nine-digit identification sequence, which links you to a wealth of quality information products and services originated exclusively from D&B. The D&B D-U-N-S Number is an internationally recognized common company identifier in EDI and global electronic commerce transactions.

The world’s most influential standards-setting organizations, more than 50 global, industry and trade associations, and the US Federal Government recognize, recommend and/or require the D&B D-U-N-S Number.

D&B D-U-N-S Numbers are the key to build corporate family relationships in the D&B file. Since each location of a business may have its own unique D&B D-U-N-S Number, a large organization is likely to have many different D&B D-U-N-S Numbers within its corporate “family.” D&B links the D&B D-U-N-S Numbers of parents, subsidiaries, headquarters and branches on more than 73 million corporate family members around the world.

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