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Director Identification Number Regime

Updated: Jun 7, 2023

UPDATE 30th November 2022: All directors must have applied for a ID. Per the Corporations Act 2001.

UPDATE 5th April 2022: New directors must apply for an ID before appointment. Per the Corporations Act 2001.

UPDATE 1st November 2021: New directors must apply for an ID within 28 days of appointment. Per the Corporations Act 2001.


The government has announced the full implementation of the Modernising Business Registers (MBR) program, which will include the requirement for all directors to register for a Director Identification Number.

For information on how to apply for a Director Identification Number, you can view the most up to date instructions on the ABRS website.

Important dates for the new regime:

About director ID

A director identification number (director ID) is a unique identifier you need to apply for once and will keep forever. It will help prevent the use of false or fraudulent director identities.

How director ID works

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 us. A director ID:

  • starts with 036, which is the 3-digit country code for Australia under International Standard ISO 3166

  • ends with an 11-digit number and one ‘check’ digit for error detection.

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:

  • change companies

  • stop being a director

  • change their name

  • move interstate or overseas.

About director ID | Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS) Please note that to obtain your Director Identification Number you need to set up a myGovID. - This is not the same as myGov.

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