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DIN

What is DIN?

DIN is a unique Director identification number allotted by the Central Government to any person intending to be a Director or an existing director of a company. It is an 8-digit unique identification number which has a lifetime validity. Through DIN, details of the directors are maintained in a database. DIN is specific to a person, which means even if he is a director in 2 or more companies, he has to obtain only 1 DIN. And if he leaves a company and joins some other, the same DIN would work in the other company as well.

Where is DIN used?

Whenever a return, an application or any information related to a company will be submitted under any law, the director signing such return, application or information will mention his DIN underneath his signature

How to apply for DIN and relevant forms?

  • 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 already 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

Documents to be attached with the forms

  • For SPICe Form:
    Attach Proof of Identity and Address Proof. DIN would be allocated to an applicant only after approval of the form
  • Form DIR-3:
    a. Attachments:
    Photograph, Identity proof, Residence proof, Verification (Name, father’s name, present address, date of birth, text of declaration and physical signature of the applicant)
    b. Documents to be attested by a CA or CS or CMA
    Photograph, identity proof and residence proof must be attested by a Chartered Accountant or a Company Secretary or a Cost Accountant, in whole time practice.
    c. Generation of DIN
    Once the application fee is paid and the application is submitted, the system will generate an application number. Central Government will process the application and decide the approval/ rejection.
  • Form DIR-6
    For changing any details mentioned in the DIR-3 form/ SPICe with respect to Directors, then Form DIR-6 has to be submitted online. With the form, the attested supporting document is also required to be submitted.

Reasons for Surrendering or cancelling the DIN?

The Central government may cancel the DIN due to the following reasons:

  • If a duplicate DIN has been issued to the directort
  • DIN was obtained by fraudulent means
  • On the death of the concerned person
  • The person has been declared unsound mind by the court
  • The person has been adjudicated as insolvent