Director Identification Numbers

If you want to become a director or are already one, you'll need a director ID. When you need to apply depends on the date you become a director.

Who needs a director ID


You need a director ID if you’re an eligible officer of:

  • a company, a registered Australian body or a registered foreign company under the Corporations Act 2001 (Corporations Act)

  • an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act).


An eligible officer is a person who is appointed as:

  • a director  

  • an alternate director who is acting in that capacity.

You will only ever need one director ID. You don’t have to apply for another one if you become a director of other companies or corporations.

You must apply for your own director ID to verify your identity. No one can apply on your behalf.

When you need to apply


You can apply for a director ID now.

If you plan to become a director, you can apply before you’re appointed.

When you must apply for your director ID 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 appointment

From 5 April 2022                                                                 Before appointment

To be a director under the Corporations Act, you must:

  • be an individual who is at least 18 years old

  • not be disqualified from managing corporations, unless the appointment is made with the permission of ASIC or the Court.

Application process


The preferred process is to apply for a MyGovID and then apply online using the ABRS website. This may be difficult for some directors including foreign directors but there are alternative application processes available by telephone or paper applications.


To apply visit: