The Government has recently announced the establishment of a Director Identification Number, as a part of the Modernising Business Registers (MBR) program. If you are a company director or if you become a company director, you will need to apply for a Director Identification Number (Director ID).
The Director ID is a unique identifying number, which you will only need to apply for once.
Your Director ID will remain yours forever.
You must apply for your Director ID yourself in order for the Government to verify your identity. No one can apply on your behalf.
We can’t apply for a Director ID for you. As your Accountant, we can help you to understand this new requirement, check if you need to apply and determine your specific deadline.
Your director ID obligations include:
Applying for a director ID within the relevant timeframe for your situation
Applying for a director ID when directed by the Registrar to do so
Not applying for more than one director ID
If you can’t apply by the date you need to, you can apply for an extension
If you don’t meet your obligations:
There may be civil or criminal penalties
You may be issued with an infringement notice
For company directors that became a director before 31 October 2021 you must apply for your ID number by the 30th of November 2022.
For company directors appointed between the 1st of November 2021 - the 4th of April 2022, the application must be made within 28 days of appointment.
For appointments of directors from the 5th of April 2022, application for your director ID must be made before appointment. Please refer to the below table to assist:
How to Apply
1. Set up your "myGovID". Please note that this is different from a general myGov account.
If you don’t have a myGovID, you can find information on how to download the app by clicking here: How to set up myGovID
2. Gather your documents:
a) Your tax file number
b) Your residential address as held by the ATO
c) Information from two documents to verify your identity.
Examples of the documents you can use to verify your identity include:
Bank account details
An ATO notice of assessment
Super account details
A dividend statement
A Centrelink payment summary
PAYG payment summary
3. Complete your application.
For further details and information on how to apply for your director ID, please click here: How to apply for your Director ID
To contact an Accountant for further assistance, please contact our office on 02 4340 2415 or firstname.lastname@example.org