What is it and how do I apply for it?
The Federal Government is in the process of rolling out the Modernising Business Registers (‘MBR’) program. The MBR will put together various ASIC registers and the Australian Business Register, and establish the new Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS)
As a part of the MBR program, the Directors Identification Number (‘DIN’) is introduced.
From November 2021, directors of a company, registered foreign company, registered Australian body or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation are required to apply for their DINs.
When you need to apply
You can apply for a DIN from November 2021. If you are planning on becoming a director, you can apply before you are appointed.
When you must apply for your DIN depends on the date you become a director.
Date you become a director
Date you must apply
On or before 31 October 2021
By 30 November 2022
Between 1 November 2021 and 4 April 2022
Within 28 days of the appointment
From 5 April 2022
Please note that there may be civil or criminal penalties and/or you may be issued with an infringement notice if you do not meet your obligation to apply within the above timeframe.
How do I apply for the DIN?
Directors must apply for their DIN themselves because they need to verify their identity. No one can apply on their behalf.
To apply for DIN, the most convenient way would be by using myGovID. The myGovID app is available from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Have your ID documents/information ready and follow through with the instructions within the app – you should be able to set up your myGovID without difficulties.
If for some reason you cannot set up a myGovID, you may apply by phone or with a paper form.
Once you have set up your myGovID, you can complete your application for a DIN online at ABRS website
What ID documents/information would I need to provide?
To set up myGovID, you will need at least two of the following Australian identity documents:
You will also need to have the following ID information that matches the information kept at the ATO:
I do not have sufficient ID documents/information. What do I do?
If you are not an Australian citizen, non-resident director, the chances are that you do not have most of the abovementioned ID documents/information. If you do not have sufficient ID documents/information, you would have to apply with a paper form attaching certified copies of one primary and one secondary identity document.
If you have changed your name, you must provide another document showing the change, such as a:
Please note that if your identity documents are not written in English, you must arrange for them to be translated into English by an approved translation service (such as NAATI - National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters) and certified as a true and correct copy.
How do I certify my documents outside Australia?
The following people are authorised to certify your identity documents outside Australia:
An authorised certifier must, in the presence of the applicant, certify that each copy is a true and correct copy of the original document. This involves:
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