Get your NZBN
Let’s get you up and running with your own NZBN.
If your business is a company, you’ll already have an NZBN, as it’s been matched to your company from publicly available data from the Companies Office. You can view your details (or any other NZBN registered company details) on the NZBN Register.
If your organisation is an incorporated society, charitable trust board, building society, credit union, friendly society, industrial and provident society, limited partnership (NZ and overseas) or a special body, your organisation will have an NZBN. Search the NZBN Register for your NZBN.
You can now search the NZBN Register for a government agency or other public sector entity.
There are a few items you’ll need before you can get your NZBN.
- A RealMe® login and password.
We use this to confirm who you are, it’s a security measure to help protect you.
If you don’t have one already, we’ll also ask you to create an NZBN user account. You can do this by entering your name and address.
You’ll need to do this only once. More about your RealMe® login
- The IRD number of the business you’re securing an NZBN for.
If you’re a sole trader this may be your personal IRD number. We use this to check that an NZBN hasn’t already been allocated to this business.
- Other information.
You’ll need to provide some extra information depending on the type of business you’re securing an NZBN for – see below. Any documents you upload must be 20MB or less.
You’ll need details from your New Zealand driver licence or passport, or from a copy of a similar ‘identity’ document such as your New Zealand birth certificate, New Zealand citizenship certificate or overseas passport as proof of your legal name. If you are not a New Zealand citizen, but are living in New Zealand and running a business, we may require some additional documentation from you to show that you are able to work in New Zealand before your NZBN can be assigned.
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- partners’ details – their full names and the date they were appointed partner. You may also be asked to provide a copy of an identity document for one of the partners – either their New Zealand driver licence or passport, or a copy of a similar ‘identity’ document.
- proof of partnership – either a copy of the partnership agreement or minutes from a partnership meeting. If there is no agreement or minutes, a letter to the NZBN Registrar will be acceptable. You’ll be asked to upload the proof of partnership document. The proof of partnership you provide will need to include the name of the partnership and the full legal names of each of the partners. It must be signed by each partner.
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An NZBN can be issued to the trustee(s) of a trust. If you’re a trustee for more than one trust, you will need to get a separate NZBN for each trust.
You’ll also need:
- trustee details – their full names and the date they were appointed trustee. You may also be asked to provide a copy of an identity document for one of the trustees – either their New Zealand driver licence or passport, or a copy of a similar ‘identity’ document.
- proof of trustee status – you’ll be asked to upload a copy of the trust deed. If the trust deed does not contain the names of all current trustees, please also upload another document which lists the current trustees. This document must be signed by each trustee.
If the trust is incorporated as a charitable trust board, it will already have an NZBN. Search the NZBN Register to find the NZBN of a charitable trust board.