IRD number

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You might already have an IRD number - ask your parent, guardian or caregiver.

What an IRD number is

An IRD number is a unique identification number from Inland Revenue that you’ll use throughout your life. You need to have your IRD number handy every time you deal with us.

Your employer and your bank also need your IRD number to take out the correct amount of tax from any money you earn.

Getting an IRD number is easy 

There are different processes for getting an IRD number depending on if you’re a New Zealand resident or a non-resident/offshore person.

For a resident

  • Fill in the form and take it along with two original forms of identification, and photocopies of those documents, to:
    • any Automobile Association (AA) Driver Licensing Agent
    • any PostShop
  • Once your application has been verified, the verifier will send it to us. We'll send your IRD number within 8-10 working days of receiving your application.

For a non-resident/offshore person

You are an offshore person if you:

  • aren't a New Zealand citizen or don't have a New Zealand residence class visa granted by Immigration New Zealand, or
  • are a New Zealand citizen and have been overseas for the last three or more years continuously, or
  • have a New Zealand residence class visa and have been overseas for the last twelve months or more continuously.

To find out more about applying for an IRD number go to the Inland Revenue website (external link)  (external link).

What to do if you've forgotten your IRD number

If you’ve forgotten your IRD number you can call us on 0800 227 774. We'll ask you some personal questions to prove your identity and protect your privacy, and give you your IRD number over the phone. We’ll also send you a letter with your IRD number on it.