Mini-Investigation is a standardized service that allows customers to request, track, and receive results of a business investigation. Submitted requests are sent to Dun & Bradstreet or partner offices around the world to research and verify the information.
Mini-Investigation is available for both U.S. and Non-U.S. records.
A separate contract is needed if you intend to use the Mini-Investigation service.
The D&B Direct+ Mini-Investigation API provides the same functionality available on the Mini-Investigation Portal (https://miniinvestigations.dnb.com/).
Mini-Investigation processing includes in-depth checks of public information sources and telephone calling to confirm business operations and gather information necessary to create a new record.
Public sources consulted include Secretaries of State, local business registries and company web sites. Telephone calling to interview a principal or authorized spokesperson for the subject business includes up to three calls over a minimum of two business days.
The following data elements are collected through Mini-Investigation:
Output for Mini-Investigation includes a D-U-N-S Number®, if the matching effort is successful, and a Resolution Code. If a Mini-Investigation results in creation of a new record, the data for that record may be retrieved from the D&B Database approximately 14 days after the Mini-Investigation is completed.
Using the API, you can:
This e-mail will indicate Dun & Bradstreet has received your investigation request and provide an estimated completion date and a unique request id. Thank you for submitting your Mini-Investigation Request to Dun & Bradstreet. Your request should be completed mm/dd/yyyy. Your request id is: xxxxx-xx Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
When the investigation request is completed and the business information provided has been verified, the e-mail will be similar to the below examples.
Information was verified:
Your Mini-Investigation request submitted on mm/dd/yyyy with ID Number _xxxxxx-xx_ has been completed. DUNS Number: 123456789 Resolution Description: Match Found via host investigation, no update occurred. The following information was submitted as part of your request: Account: yourcompany Name: ABC Company, Inc. City: Houston Country: UNITED STATES Thank you for using D&B's Mini-Investigation Service.
Information in the request could not be verified; no DUNS was created or updated:
Your Mini-Investigation request submitted on _xx/xx/xxxx_ with ID Number _xxxxxx-xx_ has been completed. We were not able to provide a DUNS Number for this request. Resolution Description: Unable to Verify If you have new or additional information regarding the subject of your inquiry, please submit a new Mini-Investigation request. The following information was submitted as part of your request: Account: yourcompany Name: ABC Company, Inc. City: Atlanta Country: UNITED STATES Thank you for using D&B's Mini-Investigation Service.
|30||Host country investigation|
|40||Held in host country|
|100||A new DUNS Number created for the requested business|
|101||A new DUNS Number created using a third-party source|
|106||Match found in the D&B database, no investigation needed|
|107||Match found during investigation, DUNS number returned is the correct information|
|108||Match found during Investigation, DUNS number required an update|
|109||Match found DUNS number was updated using a third-party source|
|122||Match found D&B has the correct business name customer has a previous name|
|123||Match-found customer name is a trade-style|
|124||Match-found customer record is an abbreviated name|
|125||Match-found customer record indicates current business name, DUNS number has been updated|
|126||Match-found D&B name incorrect report has been updated with the correct name|
|127||Match-found customer record indicates a previous address|
|128||Match-found customer record indicates current address, DUNS number has been updated|
|129||Match-found D&B address incorrect, customer address correct, DUNS number has been updated|
|201||No phone number provided, no phone number could be located for the business|
|203||Incoming information is an individual's name|
|204||Company or location identified as out of business after investigation|
|208||Unable to verify information (any of the below can be true)
- Uncooperative customer declined information
- Unable to verify customer's information as provided
- Constant busy signal or phone rings but with no answer.
- Phone number provided incorrect, no alternative phone was found
|209||Messages left to verify information were not returned|
|210||Incomplete; customer did not provide a valid business name or valid a city|
|211||Unable to verify after attempts to contact the business and third-party sources|
|212||Customer has submitted the wrong country for this business, no investigation can occur.|
|213||Business sold/merged into another business|
|214||No DUNS number can be assigned due to local Government regulations|
|298||Mini-Investigations currently has no coverage in this country|
If you still need help you can send an e-mail to MiniInvestigationSupport@dnb.com. Please include the company you are with and as much information about the request as possible.