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Te tono tau IRD ina noho koe ki Aotearoa, ehara hoki i te tangata tauhōu Apply for an IRD number if you live in New Zealand and are not a new arrival

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Use this process to apply for an IRD number if you:

  • live in New Zealand and are a New Zealand citizen
  • are not a 'new arrival' to New Zealand, as advised by Immigration NZ, but do not have residency.

Gather your documents

You need one of these:

  • New Zealand passport
  • full New Zealand birth certificate issued after 1 January 1998
  • New Zealand citizenship certificate
  • New Zealand firearms or dealer licence.

You also need one of these:

  • New Zealand driver licence
  • New Zealand 18+ card
  • New Zealand student photo ID.

If you’ve changed your name you also need a document proving your name change, like a:

  • marriage or civil union certificate
  • name change certificate.

If you are applying for an IRD number for your child you also need ID for your child, such as a:

  • New Zealand passport
  • full New Zealand birth certificate issued after 1 January 1998
  • New Zealand citizenship certificate
  • New Zealand student photo ID.

If your documents do not show your relationship with your child you’ll also need a document such as:

  • adoption papers
  • parenting orders
  • guardianship orders
  • Statutory declaration IR595D form.

Get your documents verified

Take your documents to an AA driver licensing agent. They will verify your documents.

What happens next

Once the AA driver licensing agent has verified your documents, you will receive your IRD number by text or email within 10 working days.

My responsibilities

Keep your IRD number where you can easily find it. You'll need it for tax-related events in your life.

You can start using myIR once you get your IRD number.

Tell us about any changes. The easiest way to update your details is in myIR.

You can complete a paper application and take it to an AA driver licensing agent or PostShop to verify your documents.

You can get an IRD number for your baby when you register the birth at SmartStart.

IRD number application - resident individual IR595 (PDF 196KB) Download form