November 30 - Business Advice

Director Identification Numbers: What are they and do you need one?

We’re bringing you a truly boring accounting article today – but for good reason, we promise. Director Identification Numbers have come into play and if you’re a business owner, you have to know about it. We’ve summarised the bits worth remembering.

What is a DINs (Director Identification Numbers)?

It’s a 15-digit identifier that is assigned to every director of a company. Once you’re assigned a DIN, it’s yours for life. The main reason ATO deemed this necessary is to stop dodgy behaviour – like someone making you a director of another company without your knowledge, or illegal phoenix activity (ending one company that’s in financial trouble just to start up another company without any of the liability).

If you’re a sole trader or are in a partnership, this doesn’t apply to you.

How to apply for director identification number (DINs)?

No one can apply for a DIN on your behalf – it must be done by the director themselves. So our job is to pass this information on to you, nag you a bit, and make sure you’ve done it by the due date. 

How to check director identification number (DINs)?

To check your DIN, you need to know the following items:

  • The name of the company
  • The name of the director
  • The PAN number of the director.
  • The date of birth of the director.

How to get a Director Identification Number (DINs)? 

The process of getting a DINs is quite simple. All you need to do is visit any regional office of the Registrar of Companies (ROC) or submit an application online through their website or through e-filing portal. You may also send an application by post or courier but this will take longer than attending personally at an ROC office or filing online via e-filing portal.

When should I apply for a Director Identification Number (DIN)? Before applying for your DIN, make sure that:

  • Your company has been incorporated as per law;
  • The company has obtained its Certificate of Incorporation from MCA;

When do you need a Director Identification Numbers (DINs)?

Date you become a directorDate you must apply
On or before 31 October 2021By 30 November 2022
Between 1 November 2021 and 4 April 2022Within 28 days of appointment
From 5 April 2022Before appointment

What happens if you miss the cut off date for a DINs application?

You could be fined. Stick a reminder in your calendar and just get it done. 

How do you apply for a Director Identification Numbers (DINs)?

Through MyGov. You’ll need your TFN and two pieces of identification like a BAS and a bank statement. 

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