DUNS Number Requirements for Food Facility Registration with FDA - FAQ

NEW Guidance for DUNS requirement

FDA is further extending the period to obtain and submit a UFI / DUNS Number until December 31, 2022. FDA will not cancel any registrations for facilities with UFIs that cannot be verified till December 31, 2022.

FDA temporarily allows food facilities to register and renew with pending status during the 2020 food facility renewal period. All facilities renewed with Pending status must update with the correct DUNS number before December 31, 2022, or FDA may cancel the registration.

The DUNS Number (Data Universal Numbering System) is a unique 9-digit identification number provided by Dun & Bradstreet (D & B). The DUNS Number is site-specific. Therefore, each distinct physical location of an entity (such as branches, divisions, and headquarters) may be assigned a DUNS number.

According to 21 CFR 1.232 (a)(2), starting Oct 1st, all domestic and foreign food facilities will be required to provide a Unique Facility Identifier (UFI) when registering with FDA or renewing food facility registration with FDA. DUNS number is the only acceptable UFI recognized by FDA for now.

Yes, DUNS Number is compulsory. All food facilities that do not provide a DUNS number by Dec 31, 2020, will not be able to renew their registration, and such registrations will be removed from the FDA database.

No, the DUNS number is for facility verification. It is not a substitute for the FDA registration number.

DUNS number for FDA purposes is free of cost.

Please visit the DUNS Request site for US Government services at, or you can contact the nearest D and B office or at

DUNS requests may take anywhere from 30-45 days.

FDA food facility registration is for the facility address where food or supplements are produced, packed, or stored. You need to obtain DUNS Number for your facility address registered with the FDA.

LMG fee has to be paid yearly once at the time of FDA certificate renewal. We take care of biennial renewal free of charge.