I. Introduction: What is DIN?

-DIN (Director Identification Number) is a unique Identification Number allotted to an individual who is/proposed to be appointed as a Director of a Company.

-It is allotted by the Central Government once the applicant applies for DIN through Form DIR-3 or Spice+ pursuant to Section 153 & 154 of the Companies Act, 2013. 

-It is unique for every individual and,

-No one can obtain more than one active DIN.

The concept of a Director Identification Number (DIN) has been introduced for the first time with the insertion of Sections 266A to 266G of Companies (Amendment) Act, 2006. As such, all the existing and intending Directors have to obtain DIN within the prescribed time frame as notified.

II. Person Authorised to obtain DIN:

Any Individual who intends to become Director of a new Company at the time of incorporation or an individual who is proposed to be appointed as Director in an existing Company can apply and obtain the Director Identification Number.

III. Process of Obtaining DIN:

DIN can be obtained by following the below procedure: 

A. At the time of Incorporation: 

  • The applicant must collate the documents required
  •  He/She must file the documents with the Incorporation application
  • Central Government / CRC will process the application and allot the DIN if the documents are proper. 

B. At the time of Appointment in an Existing Company

  • Existing Company shall pass a Board Resolution in a Board Meeting / Circular Resolution authorising any existing Director to certify DIN application
  • The applicant should collate the documents required
  •  He/She should file the documents 
  • Central Government / CRC will process the application and allot the DIN if the documents are proper.

IV. Forms for DIN application and modification thereof:

  • SPICe Form: Application for allotment of DINs to the proposed first Directors in respect of new companies shall be made in SPICe form only.
  • DIR-3 Form: Any person intending to become a Director in an existing company shall have to make an application in eForm DIR-3 for allotment of DIN.

DIR-6 Form: Any changes in the particulars of the Directors shall be filed in form DIR-6.

V. Fees for DIN Application: 

1. At the time of Incorporation:

There will be no separate fees for obtaining DIN at the time of Incorporation  

2. At the time of Appointment in an existing Company:

Rs. 500; it shall be paid online at the time of uploading the DIN Application in Form DIR-3

VI. Documents to be submitted to Obtain DIN: 

1. For Indian National

  • Copy of Color Photograph of the Applicant
  • Copy of self-attested PAN  as Proof of identity of the applicant (Mandatory)
  • Self-attested copy of any one of the following documents as Proof of Address:
  • Aadhaar 
  • Driving license
  • Passport
  • Voter ID
  • Electricity bill: Not older than 2 months
  • Telephone bill: Not older than 2 months
  • Bank Statement: Not older than 2 months

2. For Foreign National

  • Copy of Color Photograph of the Applicant
  • Copy of the Passport duly attested by a Notary and Consulate / Apostille in the country where the applicant is located; as Proof of identity of the applicant (Mandatory)
  • Copy of any one of the below documents duly attested by a Notary and Consulate / Apostille in the country where the applicant is located as Proof of Residence:
    • Bank account statement in country of residence: Not older than 1 year
    • Driving license
    • Electricity bill: Not older than 1 year
    • Telephone bill: Not older than 1 year

In case of proofs that are in languages other than Hindi/ English, the proofs should be translated in Hindi / English from a professional translator carrying his details (name, signature, address) and seal.

VII. Application for Modification in particulars of DIN: 

If there is any change in the particulars submitted in Form DIR-3/SPICe with respect to Directors, the applicant can submit e-form DIR-6. For instance, in the event of a change of address of a Director, he/she is required to intimate this change by submitting e-form DIR-6 along with the required attested document.

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