The ATO now requires all directors to register for a unique identification number that they will keep for life. The Director Identification Number (DIN) is a 15 digit number and will help the ATO prevent potential fraud and phoenix company activity.
Who needs a Director ID
All directors of private companies including corporate trustees of self-managed super funds (SMSF) and corporate trustees of Family Trusts need a director ID.
Directors of Registered Australian bodies, registered foreign companies or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations will also need a director ID.
When you must apply depends on when you became a director.
If you are appointed between 1 November 2021 and 4 April 2022 you need to apply within 28 days of your appointment (and from 5 April 2022 you will need to apply before being appointed).
If you were appointed on or before 31 October 2021, you have until 30 November 2022 to apply.
How to apply
The quickest way to apply for a Director Identification Number is online at the Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS) website.
If you do not have a myGovID you will need to set one up.
Please note myGovID is different from myGov.
- myGovID is an app. You download the myGovID app to your smart device. It lets you prove who you are and log in to a range of government online services, including myGov.
- myGov is an account. Your myGov account lets you link to and access online services provided by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), Centrelink, Medicare and more.
To setup myGovID go to the myGovID website.
You will also need to gather documents to verify your ID.
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 A
- 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
- a PAYG payment summary (this is different to your income statement, and/or your PAYG instalment activity statement).
You will need to apply for your director ID yourself to verify your identity. No one can apply on your behalf.
If you are unable to apply online you can apply by phone.
You will need to have your ID documents ready before calling 136250.
ID documents can be your passport, birth certificate, drivers licence and medicare card.
For more information visit the ABRS website.
You can also lodge a paper application but you need your identity documents certified to apply (original documents can’t be sent).
Please note your registered tax agent or ASIC agent is not permitted to certify the documents.
Solicitors, Police Officers and Justice of the Peace are among those permitted to certify ID documents. Application for a director identification number form.