If you’re a company director, you must apply for your Director Identification Number (director ID) before 30th November 2022.
What is a director ID?
The director ID is a unique 15-digit identifier that directors apply for once and keep forever. It is aimed at preventing the use of false or fraudulent director identities.
As a director of my SMSF corporate trustee, do I need a director ID?
Yes, director ID applies to all directors of corporate trustees of an SMSF.
When do I need to apply for my director ID?
Existing company directors have until 30 November 2022 to get their director ID.
First time company directors are now required to have a director ID before they are appointed as a director of any company.
How do I apply for a director ID?
With 30 November fast approaching, we strongly encourage all directors to apply for their director ID now. The fastest way to apply for your director ID is online at abrs.gov.au/directorID.
To access the director ID application online, you will use your myGovID to log in to ABRS (Australian Business Registry Services) online.
This director ID demonstration video will show you step by step, how to apply for your director ID online.
You must apply for your own director ID so you can verify your identity. No one can apply on your behalf.
What is myGovID? What if I don’t have myGovID?
A myGovID is different to your myGov account. Your myGov account allows you to link to and access online services provided by the ATO, Centrelink, Medicare and more, while myGovID is an app that enables you to prove who you are and to log in to a range of government online services, including myGov.
If you do not already have a myGovID you will need to set this up before you can apply for your director ID online. Refer to mygovid.gov.au/setup for more information on setting up a myGovID.
You will need to choose your identity strength, noting that ‘standard’ identity strength is the minimum strength required for a director ID.
Can Walsh Accountants help get my director ID?
Due to the verification process, you must apply for your director ID yourself.
Once you have logged into ABRS online using myGovID, you need to verify your identity against your ATO records.
For verification you’ll need your tax file number, your residential address held by the ATO, and information from two of the following documents:
- bank account details (where your tax refunds or payments are made and received)
- an ATO notice of assessment
- a dividend statement
- a Centrelink payment summary
- a PAYG payment summary (this is different to your income statement or your PAYG instalment activity statement)