How Do You Get A Director Identification Number?

Director Identification Numbers are now here.  No more vagaries, no more wondering how it's all going to work.  So now all you need to do is follow these steps to get one.

What is a Director Identification Number (DIN)?

If you're not sure, head over here and get the full details, but in short, its a unique 15-digit number (that no one is going to be able to remember) that a director needs to get and keep forever (like a TFN) so that ASIC know who you are, and you're not a made up person or using stolen details.

You can only have one Director Identification Number, and you use that for all companies you are a director for - even trustee companies for your family trust or self managed super fund.

When do you need a DIN by?

That depends on when you became a director.  Here's a handy little table;

Date appointed as director

date you must apply for a din

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

How do you apply for a Director Identification Number?

Well first off, your accountant can't do it for you.  This is something you need to do because you need to prove your identification.

Now, there's a couple of ways you can get a DIN;

  1. 1
    Use MyGovID
  2. 2
    Over the Phone
  3. 3
    Fill in a form and send it off

1. Use MyGovID

If you've got MyGovID set up already this is pretty quick to get a DIN.  I did it for myself in less than 5 minutes.  If you don't have MyGovID....this might sting a bit.

Then click on "Director Identification Number" then "apply now".

Then click on "How to set up MyGovID"

Then grab your wallet, and then forage through your draws for all that important paperwork like your birth certificate and passport that you've kept in a very important, secure, secret place that is so secret your brain is hiding from you.

Then follow the instructions to set up your MyGovID.

Hot tips

1. Make sure you use an email address you'll always have access to.  

Not your latest workplace or myspace account.  This ID set up is for you as the individual - it will be used for various Government things in the future so you need to be able to access it, and reset passwords etc. So you need to be able to access the email address forevermore.

2. MyGovID is NOT MyGov.

MyGovID is an app that verifies your identity and prove who you are.  It will let you log into a host of government online services (including MyGov). so one government log in to rule them all.

MyGov is an account that lets you link to and access online services provided by various federal government bodies like the Tax Office, Centrelink and Medicare.

Once you've got a MyGovID

Go (back) to this page.  Click the big green button that says "apply now with MyGovID".

Your MyGovID details and ATO details will be pre-filled and all you need to do is enter your place of birth, postal address, mobile number any former names and complete the declaration.

Once you've done all that you will instantly receive your Director Identification Number (DIN).  Screen shot that sucker, print it out, write it down and brand it on your nether regions.  then send that number to your accountant or whoever does your company ASIC administration. They'll need to add it to your company's corporate register.

2. Get a DIN over the Phone

If you can’t (or don't want to) get a myGovID with a standard or strong identity strength, you can apply by phone.

You can apply by phone if you have:

  • An Australian TFN

The information needed to verify your identity such as;

  • Residential address as held by the ATO
  • Bank account details
  • An ATO Notice of Assessment
  • Superannuation account details
  • Dividend statement
  • Centrelink payment summay
  • PAYG Payment summary

The phone number is 13 62 50 and is available between 8:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Friday for directors in Australia. For directors calling from overseas, the number is +61 2 6216 3440.

3. Fill in Form

If you can’t apply online or over the phone, you can apply using a downloadable form ‘Application for a director identification number’ (NAT 75329).

This is a slower process and you will also need to provide certified copies of your documents to verify your identity.

So hopefully you already have MyGovID and this will be a breeze, if not pick the best of the worst and get on with it.  You need to apply for your Director Identification Number before the relevant deadline. Failure to do this means a whack with a really big $1,110,000 &/or 12 months in the clink stick. Ouch.