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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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closed as off-topic by MichaelT, gnat, Scant Roger, Ixrec, psr Dec 28 '15 at 21:31

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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
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is a question to be addressed to the customer support department of Apple. – user40980 Dec 27 '15 at 19:22

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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