People living in New Zealand who are not new arrivals can get an IRD number by simply filling in an application form and bringing it along with the required documentation to an NZ Post store. You will need to bring with you the original documents to be verified as well as legible copies.
You’ll receive your IRD number in the mail approximately two weeks after you've applied.
You need an IRD number if you:
earn any money, for example from a job, benefit, bank account, investment or rental property
You can submit your IRD number application at an NZ Post store, where we'll verify your supporting documents, check your application form and forward it to Inland Revenue for processing free of charge.
If you have recently arrived in New Zealand:
You can only apply for an IRD number on the Inland Revenue website.
If you usually live overseas:
You may apply for an IRD number as a non-resident of New Zealand. Download an IR742 application form from the Inland Revenue website or pick up the paper form from an NZ Post store.
How long will it take
The Inland Revenue aims to process your application within 8-10 working days. They'll text, email or post your IRD number to you. It can take 20 working days to arrive if you ask the Inland Revenue to post it.
Kiwi Access card
A Kiwi Access Card (which replaces the 18+ Card) is a Photo ID card that proves your identity and age. If you don't have a valid passport and/or driver licence, a Kiwi Access Card is the ideal form of identification recognised in New Zealand. You can apply at participating NZ Post stores.
You’ll receive your card in the mail within 2 - 3 weeks.