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IRD numbers available at NZ Post and AA

11 February 2008

IRD numbers available at NZ Post and AA

From next Monday, people will be able to apply for a personal IRD number at hundreds of AA Centres and PostShops around New Zealand.

"Our new service will be offered in more than 400 outlets throughout the country," said Deputy Commissioner Service Delivery, Carolyn Tremain. "We are keen to make it as easy as possible for people to deal with us.''

Applicants will just need to bring two specified forms of identification, plus photocopies, to any Automobile Association (AA) Driver Licensing Agent, any Postshop, or selected New Zealand Post retail outlet.

At least one of the identity documents must contain a photo, and both must be original documents. They could include passports, birth certificates, driver licences or an 18-plus card. A full list of approved identity documents is available on the Inland Revenue website.

The AA, PostShop or NZ Post agents will confirm the applicant's identity, and send photocopies of the identity documents to Inland Revenue, who will notify applicants of their number within 8-10 working days.

People applying for an IRD number for a baby or child under 16 will need to bring in an original birth certificate or passport for the child, plus two identity documents for themselves. At least one of these documents must contain a photo to prove the identity of the child's parent or guardian. Photocopies of all documents will also be needed.

"This new process will help to prevent identity theft and the fraudulent use of IRD numbers," Ms Tremain said. "It is in line with the new All-of-Government Evidence of Identity (EOI) Standard.''

The Evidence of Identity Standard, developed by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA), is a good practice guide for establishing the identity of people seeking government services that have identity-related risk. Sue Boland, Acting General Manager Identity Services for DIA, says the Standard helps agencies develop consistent processes designed to prevent identity theft and fraud.

"By applying the standard, agencies can have greater confidence that an individual is actually who they claim to be," says Ms Boland.

"Inland Revenue is the first agency formally introducing the EOI Standard."

The new process does not affect people with existing IRD numbers, and does not apply to applications for an IRD number for entities such as companies, trusts and partnerships.

More information will be available from Tuesday, 12 February, on the Inland Revenue website at


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