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Director Identification Number (DIN) is a mandatory requirement for all existing and new directors (or proposed directors) of a company. A DIN is issued following the directions provided by the amendment to the Companies Act.
DIN is an 8-digit Unique ID Number allotted to all directors with lifelong validity. It helps in acquiring data from all directors in a database. In past decades, many scams occurred where companies assured their citizen's exceptional returns, then disappear with their cash to a different city.

To provide a protected channel a cross-check on such persons is required, and to ensure the director’s identity is trustworthy and all data provided is accurate, the government introduced the DIN. Accordingly, the DIN directory will contain all knowledge about the directors, such as their name, PAN number and also their present address. Any change in the address or other information needs to be updated immediately.



DIN number is compulsory for any person planning to register any Company in India and be a member of the Board of Directors. DIN number is not required for stockholders of a Company. Further, a DIN number can be used for expressing a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) or a current DPIN (Designated Partner Identification Number) that can be used for registering a Company.

DSC in the name of the DIN candidate must be secured before implementing for DIN number. Digital Signature Certificate can be achieved through GST Suvidha Centers.

Digital Signature Certificates are announced in the kind of a USB token with a validity of 1 or 2 years. To implement and receive DSC, the applicant must submit the signed DSC application along with the identity and address proof of the candidate. Image of the identity and address proof presented must be self-attested. In case of foreign nationals or non-resident indians (NRIs) – submitting identity or address proof with 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 : 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

Once, DSC is received for the candidate, DIN Form can be listed with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. The DIN form must be electronically signed with the Digital Signature Certificate; hence, the necessity for receiving DSC before DIN. The DIN form must also include a picture of the applicant along with identification and address proof.
Once the DIN application is registered and the appeal is approved, DIN number is provided immediately. In case any errors are noticed in the DIN form, further reports are demanded by the DIN cell. On submission of the required documents, the DIN cell would then allow the DIN number in 2 – 3 working days.
DIN numbers do not have an expiry period and no further agreement rules are needed for supporting the validity of a DIN number. DIN numbers are allotted by way of intimation through DIN allotment letter and no other documents is issued.


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