Company Director ID Number

Posted 5 Nov '21

Company Director ID Number

Earlier this year ASIC and the ATO announced that all company Directors will be required to hold a Director Identification Number (Director ID).

A Director ID is a unique 15-digit identifier you need to apply for once and will keep forever. It will help prevent the use of false or fraudulent Director identities. All Directors of a company, registered Australian body, registered foreign company or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation will need a Director ID.

How do I apply for a Director ID?

Application for a Director ID is a three-step digital process using a smart device:

1.  Directors will need to verify their identity through the myGovID app using two of the following Australian identity documents:

  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Medicare card
  • Visa (using your foreign passport)
  • ImmiCard
  • Citizenship certificate

(Note: myGovID is different to myGov)

2. Open a new web browser (not the myGovID app) and login to conduct a proof of record ownership about your individual ATO record by answering questions from any two of the following documents::

  • Bank account details used by ATO
  • ATO Notice of Assessment
  • PAYG Payment Summary
  • Superannuation account details
  • Dividend Statement
  • Centrelink payment summary

Note: once you enter your myGOVID email address, you will be asked to accept or enter a four digit code. To do this, open the myGovID app and enter the four digit code. This provides a two factor Identification.

3. Apply for Director ID number to be issued:

If you cannot get a myGovID, you will need to apply by phone or paper, depending on your situation.

When do Directors need to apply?

Date person becomes a Director:
Must apply:
On or before 31 October 2021
By 30 November 2022
Between 1 November 2021 and 4 April 2022
Within 28 days of appointment
From 5 April 2022
Before appointment as Director


What happens once I have the Director ID:

WDF Professional clients should pass on the Director ID number to us as the authorized agent for your company in order to maintain your records. Email us at 

Can WDF Professional apply for me?

Directors must apply for their Director ID number themselves. We can assist by having one of our team, step through the process with you. Contact us on 02 6921 5444 for further information or to book an appointment so we can assist you in applying for your Director ID.

Andrea Bradley


As accountants based in Wagga Wagga, we don't just crunch numbers and put figures in boxes, we provide a carefully researched and tailored accounting solution that suits all of our clients.

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