MBIE consults on publishing directors’ residential addresses online

Emma Burke, Wade Pearson

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is seeking your views on whether directors’ home addresses should still be published on the (publicly searchable) Companies Office Register. The deadline for submitting feedback to MBIE is 5pm on Friday 3 August 2018.

What is MBIE proposing?

MBIE is likely to introduce a director identification number (DIN) for each director, which should make it easier to verify a director’s identity. The DIN could also remove the need to have residential addresses publicly available, so MBIE is testing this idea.

Why remove residential addresses?

Some directors have concerns about their home address being published online. For example some directors:

What are the options?

MBIE has identified two options:

MBIE favours the first option (allowing any director to not publish their address). However, MBIE would still like feedback from the community, to help iron out the details, and prevent against any unintended consequences.

What can you do to respond?

If you have strong views on MBIE’s proposal, we recommend making a submission, through the template at this link. Feel free to give us a call if you would like any help making a submission, before the deadline of 3 August.