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Recently, I started learning about iOS application development, and while the simulator is fine for starting out, I've gotten to the point that I really should be testing the Apps I write on an actual device. To do this, you must be a member of the $99/year iOS developer program, which also allows you to publish on the App Store. I'm more than happy to pay the fee, but my problem is that I'm still a minor, and to join the developer program you must be over 18 in the U.S. (I'm not sure how it works in other countries).

I've talked to a few others that were in a similar position, but their responses have been varied. From what I've gathered, the best course of action is to register in the name of one of my parents. My problem with this is that if I were to ever publish an App on the store, it would be ideal to have my name as the seller instead of my dad's. It wouldn't be the end of the world if this happened, but as I said, this wouldn't be ideal.

Have any of you been in this position or known somebody who has? How have others solved this problem? Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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I'm moving this to Programmers because this site isn't really about Apple Developer Programs (see the FAQ). There are likely to be more folks with experience in this over there. –  Nathan G. Mar 14 '11 at 0:14
    
@NathanG. This really isn't on-topic for us either. Stuff like this about developer programs/app stores etc is better off asked of the Apple/Microsoft etc. –  ChrisF Jan 24 '12 at 13:23
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Don't worry too much about registering under your dad's name. iTunes Connect allows you to choose a "company name" to list your software under, which can basically be anything you choose. Your dad's name will be listed in iTunes Connect, but your customers won't see it. See the iTunes Connect user's guide for more information.

The only concern is it may be difficult to remove your dad's name once you turn 18. Which may be annoying if you want it to be "your" account, but shouldn't hurt anything either.

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Thanks, I'll look into that. If I register with my own Apple ID, then when I turn 18 it would theoretically be possible to contact Apple and request the contact/billing information to change. It might take a little while, but I don't foresee that as a problem. –  maxluzuriaga Mar 13 '11 at 23:30
    
Does iTunes connect allow you to choose a company name if you haven't registered as a corporation? Where? I haven't seen this. –  Tom H Mar 13 '11 at 23:43
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I'm 15 and have published some apps on the app store. What I did was register (with his permission obviously) in the name of my Dad. You're correct however that this then comes up with his name in the app store.

Good luck!

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From what I understand if you register as a company you actually have to provide Apple with proof that you are a legitimate organization. Also, just out of curiosity, what are the apps that you've published? –  maxluzuriaga Mar 13 '11 at 22:39
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Definitely don't register as a corporation unless you actually are a corporation. I mistakingly registered as a company thinking my DBA cert would be enough, but it wasn't. I had no problems registering again as an individual, but I wasted 3 weeks waiting for Apple. –  Marc Charbonneau Mar 13 '11 at 23:26
    
Hmm, sorry for that, shall edit out. I had a friend (my age) who registered as a corporation and it worked fine (nothing requested of him), but it might not work for everyone (and I didn't try it myself). I've open sourced most of my little projects at github.com/tomhartley if you want to have a look. –  Tom H Mar 13 '11 at 23:40
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The cheap solution is to have one of your parents (or legal guardians) register an account for you (since only adults can legally agree to all of Apple's required agreements) in their own name. This individual account will always belong to the parent, and can't be transferred directly to you.

The expensive solution that will allow you to use your name is to have a attorney incorporate a company that uses your name as part or all of the legal company name (a company perhaps owned by a trust also in your name), and have that corporation register for an iOS Developer company account. Check with your lawyer about whether a corporation owned by your trust could be passed directly to your ownership when you reach a certain age. Thus providing continuity of the developer account using your name.

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