DIN or Directors Identification Number is required for all the present and proposed Directors of Company. The concept of DIN was introduced through the Companies (Amendment) Act, 2006.
In this article we will discuss about unique features of DIN number and its registration process.
Features of DIN
DIN is a unique 8 digit number which is required for every existing and proposed Director of the Company.
No renewal or resubmission of documents is required once the DIN is allotted. It never expires. However in case of change of Name, Address or any other information of Director, an application for change in DIN may be made.
There is no difference between DIN and DPIN. DPIN was to be obtained for LLP Registration. Both can be used interchangeably. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs vide circular dated 8th July, 2011 integrated DIN and DPIN to avoid duplicity and to give ease to stakeholders.
If all the documents submitted for the application of DIN are in order, the DIN is issued immediately. Registrar of Companies may demand further documents in some cases.
Requirements for registration of DIN
There are basically three requirements for registration of DIN
- Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)
- Proof of Address
- Proof of Identity
Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)
For application of DIN a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) in the name of the applicant must be obtained. DSC can be obtained through MYeFILINGS.com by making online application. DSC is issued in form of USB token with validity of 1 or 2 years. The application of DSC may be made by submitting copy of PAN Card, Address Proof, one Passport size photograph and signing the DSC Application Form. All the documents and application must be certified by Bank Manager, Post Master or Gazetted Officer. Signatures on the form and supporting documents must be done by pen with blue ink only. Foreign Citizens may apply for DSC by submitting identity and address proof which should be verified by Indian Embassy or notary public.
Proof of Address
Below mentioned documents are accepted as proof of address for the purpose of DIN application.
- Driving License,
- Voters ID Card;
- Provident Fund Statement;
- Bank Statement attested by banker;
- School Leaving Certificate;
- SSC / HSC / Graduation / Post-graduation Degree Certificate;
- Birth Certificate;
- Electricity Bill;
- Telephone / Mobile Bill;
- Gas Bill;
- Water Bill;
- Property Tax Receipt;
Proof of Identity
- PAN Card – Mandatory for Indian nationals
- Passport – For Foreign Nationals or Non resident Indians (NRIs)
Once Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) is acquired, application for DIN can be made with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA). The DIN application from is to be filed electronically by uploading the form to Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) website. The DIN application must include photograph of the applicant and must be signed with Digital Signature Certificate (DSC).
On submission of DIN application, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) would allot DIN immediately. If any discrepancy in the documentation is found, MCA may ask for submission of further documents. DIN may be allotted within 2-3 days of submission of documents.
Once a DIN is allotted it is valid for the lifetime. There are no further compliances for DIN. However, if changes are required in DIN, the same can be applied by filing different forms as specified by MCA along with documentary proofs.
How to search DIN
Information on DIN can be searched from the MCA website by clicking below mentioned links:
Call on +91 22 65 62 62 70 / 80 or write to us on firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on DIN.
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