...all you have to do is ACT like one (and not ask questions that will give you away! lol).
Have a business name? If not, make one up.
Need some other type of 'number' (probably not, but just in case) Find out what a typical 'number' looks like from your state, and um...well, let's call it "improvisation" :)
I happen to already have a couple of 'numbers' because I'm self-employed, with a "DBA" (doing business as) name. But ANYone can do/use this:
First Name, Last Name
dba as: Name of Business (that you just created)
Business Address: same as above
City, State, Zip
And if that's 'too scary', nearly all of have a friend or relative somewhere that could do the ordering for us. I haven't checked out the Ricca online ordering data/sheet, but usually it's just as simple as filling in the blanks with whatever names & numbers they require, and hitting 'submit'. When using the "improvisation method" online, it's really NOT very scary...because no one ever sees you in person to confront you if you mess up. Usually, the computer just 'kicks back' a 'yea or nay' and tells you what's wrong and what you need to add. We're really not at the point yet where one can be arresting or tortured for 'pretending' to be a "distributor" to get wholesale prices. Besides, all of us ARE distributors, eh? We're going to distribute what we're buying to our pets, plants and other people/family members.
Don't let "them" bamboozle ya...ANY one can be a 'distributor' or wholesaler, 'most time all you have do is (confidently) say you are one.
And that's my .02 cents worth on that.