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Get your NZBN

If you don’t have an NZBN, you can apply to get one here. All you need to do is select what sort of business yours is, gather some key information and follow a few simple instructions.

You can get an NZBN for your own business, or on behalf of a business you have authority to act for (for example, as a business’ accountant or bookkeeper). You’ll need to know the business type.

Please note

You are not required to have an NZBN to apply for the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy(external link). However, having an NZBN can offer a range of benefits to your business. We've put together Benefits for business page that lists some of these benefits that you can get if you have an NZBN.

Sole traders, partnerships and trusts

Identifying your business type

If you’re not sure what type of business yours is, or you’re setting up a business, have a look at our An NZBN for every business page.

Some businesses already have an NZBN

Businesses and organisations registered with the Companies Office have been automatically assigned an NZBN. This includes:

  • registered companies
  • incorporated societies
  • charitable trust boards
  • building societies, credit unions and friendly societies
  • industrial and provident societies
  • limited partnerships (New Zealand and overseas).

Other organisations assigned an NZBN include:

  • government agencies
  • other public sector entities, such as schools and local councils.

Use the search bar above to see if your business or organisation already has an NZBN.

NZBN services has more information about search and other free services that will help you find multiple NZBN businesses and stay up-to-date.

When you need our help getting an NZBN

You will need our help to get an NZBN if your organisation does not fit any of the above categories. For example, you will need our help if your organisation was:

  • formed by legislation (such as an Act of Parliament)
  • not formed by legislation, and also not an unincorporated sole trader, partnership or trust (for example, a charity that is not a charitable trust). 

For help getting an NZBN for one of these types of organisations, contact us at

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