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

With your visa from Immigration NZ, there will be wording around an arrival period. There will be a final date by which you must arrive in New Zealand.

  • It's also the date by which you must apply for an IRD number if you want to use this process.
  • If you wait until after this date, you'll need to apply for an IRD number as 'living in New Zealand and not a new arrival'.

If you have an Australian passport, you won't have a visa from Immigration NZ, but you'll have around 1 month after arriving in New Zealand to use this process.

Gather your identification documents

If you have an Australian passport, you'll need:

  • your passport details.

If you have a resident visa, you'll need:

If you have a student visa or a work visa, you'll need:

If applying for your child's IRD number

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.

If you're a New Zealand citizen applying for your child's IRD number, you'll need to use the process for 'living in New Zealand and not a new arrival'.

What happens next

If approved, you'll receive your IRD number by:

  • text or email in 2 working days
  • post within 10 working days.

We'll contact you if we need more information to complete your registration.

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.

Register for a personal myIR account

Update my details

You can send us your application by post. Send your form and photocopies of your identification documents to:

Inland Revenue
PO Box 39050
Wellington Mail Centre
Lower Hutt 5045
New Zealand