Director Identification Number is abbreviated as DIN. It is a unique number allotted by the Central Government to any person intending to be a Director.

It is a 8-digit unique identification number, having lifetime validity. The details of all of the directors are maintained in a database through DIN. DIN is specific to a person, it means even if a person is director in 2 or more companies, he has to obtain only 1 DIN. And if he leaves a company and joins some other Company, the same DIN would work at the other company as well.

How to apply for DIN-Through e-form?

As per Section 153 of the Companies Act, 2013, any person intending to become a director in an existing company shall have to make an application in e-form DIR-3 with ROC for allotment of DIN.

Documents required to be attached with e-form DIR-3:

1. Photograph,

2. PAN,

3. Identity proof,

4. Residence proof,

In case of foreign nationals, they are required to submit their passport as an identity proof and it must be apostille/Notary, as the case may be.

Please note:

  • Supporting documents must be attested by a Company Secretary in whole time practice.
  • In case of foreign nationals, their documents must be apostle/ notarized in home country of the foreign person.

Certification by Professionals:

E-Form DIR-3 is mandatory to be signed by the Applicant through DSC and shall be verified/ certified digitally by a Company Secretary in full time employment of the company or the Managing Director or Director or CEO or CFO of the existing company in which the applicant is intended to be appointed as a director, may also verified/ Certified the e-form DIR-3.

Generation of DIN:

After the submission and payment of the challan for e-form DIR-3, the system will automatically generate an application number. Central Government will process the application and decide the approval/ rejection. After the approval the DIN number will be allotted to the Applicant.

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