The director identification number (director ID) requirement is now available on the new Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS) website.
A director ID is a unique identifier a director applies for once and keeps forever. It will help prevent the use of false or fraudulent director identities.
A person will keep their director ID even if they stop being a company director, change their name or move interstate or overseas. It confirms a director’s identity and will in the future show which companies they’re linked to.
When to Apply
The dates for when you need to apply, depends on when you become a director. The first key date is if you become a director between 1 November 2021 and 4 April 2022. You will need to apply within 28 days from their appointment. If you were a director before 1 November 2021, you will need to apply before 30 November 2022.
What to do
Step 1 – Set up myGovID
You will need a myGovID with a Standard or Strong identity strength to apply for your director ID online.
Important to note: myGovID is different from myGov. myGovID is a mobile app. You can download from either the Apple Store or the Play Store. myGov is an account which you use to link and access online services provided by the ATO.
Step 2 – Gather your documents
You will need to have some information the ATO knows about you when you apply for your director ID:
- your tax file number (TFN)
- your residential address as held by the ATO
- information from two documents to verify your identity.
Examples of the documents you can use include:
- bank account details
- an ATO notice of assessment
- super account details
- a dividend statement
- a Centrelink payment summary
- a PAYG payment summary (this is different to your income statement, and/or your PAYG instalment activity statement).
Step 3 – Complete your application
Once you have a myGovID with a Standard or Strong identity strength, and information to verify your identity, you can log in and apply for your director ID.