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Save time by using your visa to get an IRD number

If you've arrived in New Zealand, use this process to give us permission to check your identity with Immigration New Zealand (NZ). Applying for an IRD number as a 'new arrival' saves you from sending the same identification documents to us.

Wanting or needing to apply for an IRD number using another way

If we cannot verify your identity using your visa, you'll need to apply for an IRD number in a different way. Depending on your situation, you'll need to apply either as:

It does not mean there is anything wrong with your visa. It just means we cannot verify your identity using your visa.

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'll need to apply for an IRD number as 'living in New Zealand and not a new arrival' if:

  • you're applying in New Zealand after your visa travel date
  • you're a New Zealand citizen applying for your child's IRD number
  • you prefer using the paper forms, which are an option for that process.

Apply for an IRD number - living in New Zealand and not a new arrival


If you want to get your IRD number before arriving in New Zealand, you can do this by applying as 'living overseas'.

Apply for an IRD number - living overseas

Last updated: 06 May 2021
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