Applying for an NZBN if you're a trust
Are you a trust and currently in business in New Zealand? You're eligible to get an NZBN.
Your trust may already have an NZBN
Many businesses have already applied for an NZBN. Start by checking to see if your trust already has one. If it doesn't have an NZBN, you can apply to get one.
Tip — If you have already started your online application, log in and continue to your saved application.
What you need to apply
An NZBN can be issued to the trustee(s) of a trust. If you’re a trustee of more than one trust, you’ll need a separate NZBN for each trust.
You’ll need a couple of items on-hand to complete your application.
1. IRD number
You need the IRD number of the trust. We use the IRD number to confirm that this matches an existing business, and to check that your trust hasn’t already been allocated an NZBN.
2. Proof of trust
You’ll need to provide some additional trustee information, in the form of:
- 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 doesn’t contain the names of all current trustees, you’ll need to also upload a document that lists the current trustees. This document must be signed by each trustee.
3. RealMe login and a MyNZBN account
To use our online services you need a RealMe® username and password and a MyNZBN account.
Tip — Some of our online tasks are best carried out on a desktop computer. If you have any issues completing your application using a mobile device, we recommend trying a desktop computer.