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Last-minute Director ID help

Updated: Nov 17, 2022

Need help applying for a Director ID?

The Australian Business Registry Services have started contacting directors who are required to apply now for a director identification number (director ID).

Key points

  • Collins Hume cannot apply for a director ID on a client’s behalf — directors must apply for a director ID themselves

  • Apply for a director ID online at

  • Directors must set up their myGovID with a standard or strong identity strength before they apply for a director ID.

Our clients who are currently directors or who are planning to become a director will need to apply for a director ID. Directors appointed under the Corporations Act:

  • before 1 November 2021, must apply by 30 November 2022

  • between 1 November 2021 and 4 April 2022, must apply within 28 days of being appointed

  • from 5 April 2022, must apply before being appointed.

You can find more information about who needs to apply for a director ID at

Applying for a director ID online Applicants will need at least two of the following Australian identity documents to prove their identity:

  • Driver’s licence or learner’s permit

  • Passport

  • Birth certificate

  • Visa (using a foreign passport)

  • Citizenship certificate

  • ImmiCard

  • Medicare card

You can find a list of documents that you can use to prove your identity at

Directors will need additional information that the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) knows about you when applying for a director ID online:

  1. Tax file number (not essential, but recommended)

  2. residential address as held by the ATO, and

  3. information from two documents to prove your identity — applicants can use any two of these documents:

  • Bank account details held by the ATO

  • ATO notice of assessment

  • Super account details

  • Dividend statement

  • Centrelink payment summary

  • PAYG payment summary.

You can find more information about which documents can be used to prove your identity at

Directors who don’t apply online

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) is responsible for enforcing director ID offences set out in the Corporations Act 2001. It is a criminal offence if directors do not apply on time, for more information about the penalties that may be applied, visit



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