Director identification number – changes from November 2021


From November 2021, new rules will require all directors, including those of Self-Managed Superannuation Fund trustee companies, to verify their identity as part of a new director ID requirement. Transitional rules apply until 31 October 2022 for existing directors (at 1 November 2021).

A director ID is a unique identifier that a director will apply for once and keep forever. It will help prevent the use of false or fraudulent director identities.

This applies to directors if their organisation is a company, registered foreign company, registered Australian body or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation.

Preparing your director ID

You will be able to apply for a director ID from November 2021 on the new Australian Business Registry Services online using the myGovID app to log in.

When you must apply for a director ID, depends on the date you became a director. You will need to apply for your director ID yourself to verify your identity. Unfortunately, Vincents cannot set up a director ID on your behalf.

The introduction of director ID will create a fairer business environment by helping prevent the use of false and fraudulent director identities. This will go a long way to better identifying and eliminating director involvement in unlawful activity.

Who needs to apply and when

If you want to become a director or are already one, you’ll need a director ID.

  • By 30 November 2022 for existing directors (at 1 November 2021)
  • Within 28 days if you become a director between 1 November 2021 and 4 April 2022
  • Prior to being appointed if you become a director from 5 April onwards

How to apply for a director ID

  1. Set up myGovID
  2. Gather your documents
  3. Complete your application here

Want more information?

If you have any queries about setting up a director ID, please refer to our fact sheet or contact Brett Griffiths.

A print-friendly version of the fact sheet is available to download here.

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