All directors of Australian companies are required by law to verify their identity with the Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS) and apply for a Director Identification Number (DIN).

A DIN is a unique 15-digit identifier that a director will apply for once and will keep forever.  A director can only have one DIN that they must use for all companies. 

Unfortunately, we are unable to apply for a DIN on your behalf. You must apply for your own DIN to verify your identity.

The quickest way to apply for a DIN is digitally using a smart device. Please refer to the 3-step process set out below.

 If you are unable to apply using a smart device, you can apply by phone or with a paper form.

To apply by phone, you will need a Tax File Number (TFN) and information needed to verify your identity (listed in Steps 1 and 2 below).  The phone number is 13 62 50 and is available between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm Monday to Friday.

If you are unable to apply online or over the phone, you can apply using the paper form ‘Application for a director identification number’ available from the ABRS website (  This is a slower process, and you will also need to provide certified copies of your documents to verify your identity.

Please note that failure to comply with the DIN requirements or providing false or misleading information may result in both civil and criminal penalties.

Please also take care if applying digitally with a smart device.  You should only apply once via the ABRS website, a secure site that will keep your information safe. Please forward your DIN to our office as soon as it is received.

If you require assistance applying for or understanding your DIN obligations, please contact our office.


Director Identification Number: How to Apply Using a Smart Device

Step 1 – Set-up myGovID

Download the myGovID application on a smart device and set-up an account using a personal email address.  (Please note that the myGovID app is different to a myGov account).

You are required to set-up a standard or strong identity strength by using any 2 of the following Australian identity documents:

  • Driver’s licence or learner’s permit
  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Visa (using foreign passport providing still in Australia)
  • Citizenship certificate
  • ImmiCard
  • Medicare Card


Step 2 – Gather your Documents

To assist in applying for a DIN, you will need your TFN and your residential address as held by the ATO.

You will also need to refer to 2 of the following documents:


Document Information that will be requested
Bank account details

(per your most recent tax return)

BSB, account number
ATO Notice of Assessment Date of issue, reference number
PAYG Payment Summary

(issued in last 2 years)

Gross income in whole dollars
Superannuation account details Member account number, super fund’s ABN
Dividend Statement

(issued in last 2 years)

Investment reference number
Centrelink Payment Summary

(issued in last 2 years)

Taxable income in whole dollars


Step 3 – Complete your Application

Visit the ABRS website (

Scroll down to select ‘Apply now with myGovID’.

Login with your myGovID credentials and accept a code on your smart device.

The application process should take less than 5 minutes and once complete, you will instantly receive your DIN.

Please print or save your DIN and forward to our office.