From 1st November 2021 Company directors need to verify their identity as part of a new director identification number (director ID) requirement by ASIC.
A director ID is a unique identifier that a director will apply for once and keep forever. When you must apply depends on when you were appointed as a director.
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 ASIC.
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:
You need a director ID if you’re an eligible officer of:
An eligible officer is a person who is appointed as:
You must apply for your own director ID to verify your identity. No one can apply on your behalf.
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 ASIC before receiving a director ID. This is important because it will help to:
When you must apply depends on when you were appointed as a director:
If you can’t apply by the date you need to, you can complete an application of an extension of time to apply for a director ID If you have issues completing the form from the ASIC website.
If you don’t meet your obligations:
Please contact your SuperGuardian Client Manager on 1300 787 576 if you have any further questions about this process.
You need to apply for your own director ID. The fastest way to do this is online using the myGovID app.
If you already have a myGovID you can skip straight to step 2.
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:
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.
1. Click on this link to go to the ATO application site.
Enter your myGovID email and click login
2. Open the myGovID app on your phone and accept or enter the code
3. Tick the box, click next, confirm your details and submit.
4. Confirm your details and select Next
5. Select two questions, provide details and click Submit
6. Tick both boxes and click next
7. Fill in all required information and click next
If you can’t get a myGovID with a standard or strong identity strength, the best way to apply for a director ID will depend on your situation.
You can apply by phone if you have:
If you can’t apply online or over the phone, you can apply using a downloadable form https://www.abrs.gov.au/sites/default/files/2021-10/Application for a director identification number.pdf
This is a slow process and you will also need to provide certified copies of your documents to verify your identity. If you have issues completing the form, you can find help on the ASIC Accessibility page.