Director ID Implementation

Director ID is a unique identifier that directors need to apply for once and keep it forever. From November 2021 directors will need to verify their identity as part of a new Director ID requirement.

When to apply

You can apply for Director ID from November 2021. If you are planning to become a director, you can apply before you’re appointed.

When you must apply for director ID depends on the date you become a director.

Date you become a director                 Date 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

How to apply

The Director ID application will be available from November 2021 at


Failure to apply for a Director ID within the required time frame will leave you open to both criminal and civil penalties. It is one of the first initiatives under the Modernising of Business Registers Program and will be a legal requirement.

For more information, please refer to

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