Apple no longer taking DBA or ficticious business name to enroll in iPhone Dev Prgrm?

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by christall109, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. christall109 macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2007
    Hey guys,

    I've decided to finally become an official iPhone developer member. I would rather enroll as a company than as an individual as many people have suggested. I've gone through the process assuming all they needed was a DBA or fictitous business name statement as many blogs and support documents have said that they will want one of those documents as proof of owning the company name.

    However, I got the email to submit these documents and I submitted my ficitious business name statement. Then I got this response from Apple:

    So what should I do now to be able to distribute names under my company name? I don't have any of those documents which I need. So I'm wondering which of the documents would be the easiest and cheepist to get.

    I'm just an individual and the only member of my comany.
  2. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    You want to enter a contract with Apple. And Apple insists on knowing who they are entering a contract with, which I think is entirely reasonable since you will learn things that are under NDA, for example, and because you would eventually be able to publish applications on the App Store which could do any kind of damage. So Apple wants to make sure that if you mess up (by posting information that is under NDA, or by using an application to steal information from Apple's iPhone customers), they can get you.

    So either you need to enter with your real name and address, or start a real company with a real name and address.
  3. christall109 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2007
    It is perfectly reasonable for them to do that. However, I don't understand why they don't accept a DBA or fictitious business name (which for the reasons you outlined above does in fact link my name to the company for liability). I've read many stories of Apple taking a DBA and FBNS before.

    There are plenty of companies in the App Store that got enrolled under a fictitious business name or DBA. So why now am I being denied that?

    EDIT: This appears to be new a new policy as I have seen NO websites documenting this change. This whole process is becoming very frustrating very quickly.

    Even trying to understand and how to get the other documents (and the cost of those documents) is extremely frustrating. All the government websites are EXTREMELY inefficient.
  4. North Bronson macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2007
    San José
    I actually had this exact same problem. I tried registering a couple of days ago and was sent the same email you were.

    A DBA is not a separate entity. Anytime you sign a contract on behalf of your DBA, you just sign as yourself. Apple would have to have your real address and name anyway, so I don't see why the contracts would be a problem.

    Your only option might be to just enroll as an individual, and your set your iTunes company "display" name to your DBA name. That's my plan. It still says your name under "seller", that's too bad.
  5. elaydin macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2009
    That's odd. I registered with a DBA a couple of months ago.
    Did you try emailing them?

    Below is the letter I had gotten in October. It would be nice to know if this is an official policy change.

  6. run-kmc macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2009
    Although their email is poorly worded, since they tell you how to register with a DBA or a fictitious business name (by submitting one of the listed documents), they will let you do so. The email is worded differently; it doesn't appear the requirements have changed. I would suggest you are not being denied. The suggestion at the end that you consider registering as an individual implies that there are other ways to register.

    A business license is usually easy to get. If you are in the U.S., they are usually issued on the county or city level.

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