DUNS Number Requirements for Food Facility Registration with FDA - FAQ

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 FDA database.

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

DUNS number for FDA purpose is free of cost.

Please visit the FDA DUNS Portal at If you are a new user of the portal, you will need to create an account in order to access the portal. User guides and instructions can be found at For assistance, users can create and log in to their account and initiate an inquiry from the portal. For general DUNS inquiries, please email

DUNS request 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 that is registered with 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.