From November 2021, company directors will need to verify their identity as a part of a new director identification number (director ID) requirement.

Directors will need to apply for their ID themselves to verify their identity. No one can apply on their behalf.

The director ID confirms identity and traces relationships to the relevant companies. 

Directors can apply from November 2021, and new company directors can apply before being appointed.

The date at which each company director must have a director ID depends on when a director was appointed:
  • Existing directors appointed before 31 October 2021, must apply by 30 November 2022.
  • Directors appointed between 1 November 2021 and 4 April 2022, must apply within 28 days of appointment.
  • Directors appointed after 5 April 2022, must have a director ID before appointment.
To apply for a director ID, there are three options:
  1. Online: Set up a myGovID (if you do not already have one). myGovID is different from myGov, it is an app that can be downloaded to a smart device which lets each individual prove who they are and log in to a range of government online services. Once all the necessary identification is confirmed, they can log in to: www.abrs.gov.au/director-identification-number/apply-director-identification-number and apply for a director ID. The application process should take less than five minutes.
  2. Phone: Call the Australian Business Registry Services (ABSR) from November 2021 (ready with all identification confirmation details).
  3. Postal: Application forms will be available for download from the ABSR website in November 2021. The identification confirmation details will need to be certified copies if using a paper form.
Identification Confirmation details are required to provide evidence of identity including TFN, residential address and two other verification documents such as a bank statement, ATO assessment, dividend statement etc.

If you need any guidance in applying for your director ID, please contact us for further assistance, we are only too happy to help.