How to Register a DIN Number and Perform a Search?
DIN number also known as the Director Identification Number is the unique 8 digit number that is required for any existing or future Director of a Company. DIN (Director Identification Number) has been started under the Companies Amendment Act 2006. In the following article we will have a look at the procedure to get DIN registration and DIN Number Search.
DIN Number Registration
Any person intending to register a Private Limited Company or Limited Company or One Person Company (OPC) in India needs to get a DIN number and becomes a part of Board of Directors. The shareholders of the Company do not require a DIN number.
DIN number can also be used for getting Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) or an existing DPIN (Designated Partner Identification Number) can be used for registering a Company.
Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)
Prior to getting a DIN number a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) must be obtained in the name of DIN applicant. The place to get a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) is http://www.cca.gov.in/cca/
The Digital Signature Certificate has a validity of 1 to 2 years and is issued in form of a USB token. The applicant must submit a signed DSC application along with the identity and address proof of the applicant to get a Digital Signature Certificates.
Copy of address and identity poof needs to be self attested before submitting. For foreign nationals or non-resident Indians (NRIs) the attestation of the copy of identity and address proof needs to be done by the Indian Embassy in the Country.
Identity Proof accepted for Digital Signature Certificate application
- PAN Card – Mandatory for Indian Nationals
- Passport – Acceptable for Foreign Nationals and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)
Address Proof accepted for Digital Signature Certificate application
- Driving License
- Voters ID card
- Student SSC / HSC / Graduation / Post-graduation Degrees Certificate
- Birth certificate
- School leaving certificate
- Electricity bill
- Mobile / Telephone bill
- Water Bill
- Gas Bill
- Property Tax/ Corporation/ Municipal Corporation Receipt
- Service Tax/VAT Tax/Sales Tax registration certificate
- Bank Statement attested by the banker
- PF statement
DIN Number Registration
The DIN application can be filed with MCA (Ministry of Corporate Affairs) once the DSC is obtained by the applicant.
It is important to obtain DSC before DIN because DIN application needs to be electronically signed with the Digital Signature Certificate. The DIN application must be submitted along with applicant’s photo and identity and address proof.
DIN number is immediately provided once the DIN application is filed and approved. The DIN cell requests prerequisite documents in case there is inaccuracy with the DIN application.
Once the formalities are done and the right documents are submitted the DIN cell provides a DIN number within 2-3 days.
There are absolutely no formalities or expiry dates with DIN number to retain the validity of DIN number. An initiation in form of DIN allotment letter is provided once DIN is allotted. There are no other documents sent upon allocation.
How To Do a DIN Number Search
The information in regards to the allotted DIN numbers is provided online through MCA’s Online DIN Search Facility. All you need to do to find DIN number is:-
- Visit the Verify DIN/DPIN search facility.
- To find DIN number among allotted information, visit the DIN approval letter facility.
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