For sole traders, partnerships and trusts
Take charge of your core business information
If you’re a sole trader, partnership or trust, you can change your core business information at any time.
First, you’ll need authority
You must have authority to make changes on the NZBN Register. If you secured an NZBN for a sole trader, partnership or trust, you’ll have authority automatically.
If not, you’ll need to request authority.
If I have authority what can I do?
NZBN authority allows you to change the information held about a business. This may be your own business, or someone else’s (if you have NZBN authority over that business).
You can make changes to your NZBN details via your NZBN dashboard at any time.
In order to make changes to the information held on the NZBN Register about a business, you need to have authority. If you’ve secured an NZBN for a sole trader, partnership or trust for an NZBN, no problem, you’ll have this authority automatically.
You can also grant authority to someone else, or revoke an authority, at any time.
You can ask the Registrar for authority over the information held about a business on the NZBN Register.
There are a few items you’ll need before requesting authority.
1. 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 you’ll be prompted to create an NZBN user account by entering your name and address. You’ll only have to do this once.
Don’t have a RealMe® login yet? Create your RealMe® login.
2. The IRD number of the sole trader, partnership or trust
We need this to make sure you’re asking for authority over the right NZBN.
3. Permission to ask for NZBN authority
For this you will need:
Sole trader – details from the sole trader’s New Zealand driver licence or passport, or a copy of a similar ‘identity’ document.
Partnership – the exact name of the partnership, as it appears on the partnership agreement.
Trust – the exact name of the trust, as it appears on the trust deed.
(Any documents you upload must be 20MB or less.)
Granting an authority
If you have NZBN authority over a business, you can grant someone else authority to manage the details held about this business on the NZBN Register.
You can grant authority, via your NZBN dashboard, at any time. You’ll need the email address of the person you’re granting authority to.
Revoking an authority
Sole traders, partners or trustees can revoke NZBN authority on the Register, for example, if you replace your agent such as a solicitor or an accountant.
You can revoke an authority under the ‘Maintain authority’ tab on your NZBN dashboard.
Closing your business or changing its status
If your business has closed, or you’ve temporarily stopped trading, you can change your business status on the NZBN Register.
Suspending or resuming trading
Use the ‘suspend trading’ status if your business has temporarily stopped trading. When you begin trading again, you can update your business’ status by selecting ‘resume trading’.
Intend to stop trading altogether?
Choose ‘cease trading’ if you’re no longer in business and don’t intend to start trading again. If you’re a sole trader, you should only use this option if you’ve no plans to operate as a sole trader again (even if it’s in a different area of work).
Just note this is a permanent status and can only be changed by the NZBN Registrar.
Ready to make some changes?
You’ll need to have authority to make any changes to your business status on the NZBN Register. If you registered the sole trader, partnership or trust for an NZBN, you’ll have this authority automatically.
If not, you'll need to request authority.
You can make changes, via your NZBN dashboard, at any time.