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Use this process to apply for an IRD number if you are a 'new arrival' to New Zealand, as advised by Immigration NZ.

Gather your documents

If you have an Australian passport you will need:

  • your passport details.

If you have a resident visa you will need:

  • your passport details
  • your Immigration New Zealand Application Number (you can find this on your visa approval letter from Immigration New Zealand).

If you have a student visa or a work visa you will need:

  • your passport details
  • your Immigration New Zealand Application Number (you can find this on your visa approval letter from Immigration New Zealand)
  • your most recent overseas tax number (if you have one)
  • a New Zealand bank account (showing your name or account number) or customer due diligence (CDD), if you have one.

You can apply for an IRD number for your child if:

  • you hold a residency visa that includes your child
  • your child has a student visa and you have a guardianship visa for that child.

What happens next

You'll 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.