A director identification number (director ID) is a unique identifier you will keep forever. It will help to prevent the use of false or fraudulent director identities.
The director ID is a unique 15-digit identifier that will stay with a director for life.
A director ID is a 15-digit identifier given to a director (or someone who intends to become a director) who has verified their identity with us.
A director ID:
Directors need to apply for their own director ID. It’s free to apply.
Directors will only ever have one director ID. They’ll keep it forever even if they:
Australia’s 2.7 million company directors can now apply for their new Director identification numbers (director ID). In the first few hours after the launch of service, more than 2,000 people successfully applied for their director ID.
Shareholders, employees, creditors, consumers, external administrators and regulators are entitled to know the names and certain details of the directors of a company.
All directors are required by law to verify their identity with us before receiving a director ID. This is important because it will help to:
Illegal phoenix activity is when a company is liquidated, wound up or abandoned to avoid paying its debts. A new company is then started to continue the same business activities without the debt. When this happens:
To apply, directors can log into ABRS online using the myGovID app and online application is likely to be the fastest channel, with director IDs issued instantly. It is free to apply, and available to directors within Australia and overseas. Applications are available by phone and by paper, for those who need it.
HOT TIP – GET YOUR MYGOVID ID STRENGTH TO STRONG BEFORE COMMENCING
There are 3 Steps
You will need a myGovID with a Standard or Strong identity strength to apply for your director ID online. If you live outside Australia and can’t get a myGovID with a Standard or Strong identity strength, you will need to apply with a paper form and provide certified copies of your identity documents. If you live in Australia and:
You will need to have some information the ATO knows about you when you apply for your director ID:
Examples of the documents you can use to verify your identity include:
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. The application process should take less than 5 minutes.
No, they are two different services. MyGovID is different from myGov
We encourage you to apply as soon as possible, there is no reason to delay.
Contact us if you have any issues. We cannot complete the process for you, but we can point you in the right direction.