What is DIN?

A DIN (Director Identification Number) is basically a unique 8 digit number which is required for any existing or proposed Director of a company. It has been introduced in India by way of the Companies Amendment Act, 2006. DIN number is specific to a person that means even if he is a director in 2 or more companies then he has to obtain only 1 Director Identification Number. Apart from this, if he leaves a company and joins some other then the same DIN would work in the other company as well.

Where is the use of DIN?

Wherever there is any need of return, filing an application or any information related to a company under any law, then the director has to sign such return, application or information with his DIN number underneath the signature.

DIN Number Registration

DIN number registration is mandatory for any person who has an intention to get registered a Private Limited Company or Limited Company or One Person Company (OPC) in India. Through this, a person becomes a part of the Board of Directors. But, the Director Identification number is not required for shareholders of a Company. It can only be used for registering a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP formation) or an existing DPIN (Designated Partner Identification Number) can be used to register a Company.

Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)

Prior to the application of DIN, a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) in the name of the DIN applicant must be obtained. You can obtain Digital Signature Certificate by the help of LegalRaasta. It is basically issued in the form of a USB token with a validity of 1 or 2 years. The applicant must submit the signed DSC application along with the identity and address proof of the applicant To apply and obtain DSC, the applicant must submit the signed Digital signature Certificate application along with the identity and address proof of the applicant. A Copy of the identity and address proof submitted must be self-attested.

In the case of foreign nationals or NRIs (non-resident Indians), it is compulsory to submit identity or address proof with a foreign origin, the self-attested copy must be notarized or verified by the Indian Embassy in the Country.

Identity Proof accepted for Digital Signature Certificate application

  • PAN Card – Mandatory for Indian Nationals
  • Passport – required for Foreign Nationals and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)

Address Proof accepted for Digital Signature Certificate application

  • Passports
  • Driving License
  • Voters ID card
  • SSC student/ HSC / Graduation / Post-graduation Degrees Certificate
  • Birth certificate
  • School leaving certificate
  • Electricity bill
  • Telephone/Mobile 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

As soon as DSC is obtained for the applicant, the DIN application can be filed with the Ministry of Corporation Affairs. But the DIN application must be electronically signed with the Digital Signature Certificate. Therefore, the requirements for obtaining DSC prior to DIN. The application for DIN shall also include a photo of the applicant along with identity and address proof.

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When the DIN application is filed and the application is approved, the DIN number is provided instantaneously. If any errors are being noticed in the DIN application, then the documents will be requested by the DIN cell. At the time of submission of the required documents, the DIN cell would then allot the DIN number in 2 – 3 working days.

Validity of DIN

Actually, DIN numbers do not have an expiry date and no further compliance formalities are required for maintaining the validity of a DIN number. It is allotted by way of intimation through DIN allotment letter and no other documents are issued.

DIN Number Search

Details regarding allotment of DIN numbers can be accessed through the MCA’s Online DIN Search Facility:

  • Visit the Verify DIN/DPIN search facility, to find allottee information from a DIN Number.
  • Visit the DIN approval letter facility, to find DIN number from allottee information.

Forms related to DIN apart from Form SPICe

Form NumberMotive
DIR-3Application for DIN allotment
DIR-3CIntimation of DIN by company to the Registrar
DIR-5Application for surrendering DIN
DIR-6Application for changing details submitted in DIR-3

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