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An NZBN for every business

The NZBN is for all Kiwi businesses - large or small.

To get an NZBN, you need to know what type of business you have. If you’re not sure of your business type, see if it’s described below.


If you’re a sole trader, partnership or trust, you are only eligible to get an NZBN if you are currently in business in New Zealand.

You’re in business, as defined by the New Zealand Business Number Act 2016(external link), if you acquire or supply goods or services, or acquire or dispose of land (but not if you do this as a consumer, employee, or as an individual member of an unincorporated entity). 

A business can be non-profit and can also be carried out free-of-charge.

We have information about the types of businesses and organisations that have been assigned an NZBN and how to find out if yours has been.

If you’re still unsure of your business type, have a look at link) for more information or talk to your accountant, bookkeeper or lawyer.

Thinking about starting a business?

You won’t need to get an NZBN if you’re only thinking about starting a business, but it would be good to find out how you can use it once your business is up and running. Having an NZBN will help you stay up-to-date, help others know who they are working with and enable you to take advantage of innovations, such as e-Invoicing. There might be other benefits too, depending on your business.

Learn about using the NZBN

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