FSSAI Registration vs License

Updated on April 23, 2024 05:42:28 PM

FSSAI is an abbreviation for ‘Food safety and standard authority of India’; it is an apex statutory body established in 2006 that governs and set guidelines for food manufacturing, processing, import-export, transportation and selling in India as per the food safety and standard act 2006, and regulations, 2011.

As per the guidelines, all food business operators must have a valid FSSAI registration or an FSSAI license from the licensing authority as per their eligibility criteria and the nature of their food business.

FSSAI Food License [Sample]

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FSSAI Registration


Any food business operator who is an individual manufacturer, transporter, or sells any food product, such as street food vendors, Dhabas owners, Hawkers or a petty industry relating to the food business which adheres to the following criteria is required to have an FSSAI Basic Registration.

Nature of FBO Eligibility criteria Registration Type
Any food business operator having an annual turnover of less than Rs. 12 lakh FSSAI Basic registration
Slaughterhouses 2 large animals, 10 small animals or 50 poultry birds FSSAI Basic registration
Dairy units With a capacity of 2.5 MT litre milk solids per annum or 500 litres per day FSSAI Basic registration
Transporter Single Vehicle and Turnover upto Rs. 12 Lacs per annum FSSAI Basic registration
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FSSAI License


FSSAI licence is categorised into two different kinds of licensing according to the nature of FBOs. The licence registration is done if they fulfil the criteria for the FSSAI licence set by the governing body.

Any FBO with an annual turnover of more than INR 12 lakh up to the maximum of INR 20 Crore, such as 3-star hotel owners, medium-scale food manufacturers, traders, marketers, and wholesalers these FBOs are expected to opt for an FSSAI state license from the FSSAI licensing authority.

Any food business operator such as manufacturer exporter of spices, importer merchants, large-scale food manufacturers, transporters, and FBO with an annual turnover of more than Rs. 20 crore or operating in central government-owned premises are needed to have an FSSAI Central License from the FSSAI central licensing authority (CLA) to commence their food businesses in India.

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Difference between FSSAI Registration and FSSAI License

Class for FSSAI eligibility FSSAI License FSSAI Registration
Annual Turnover Ceiling FBO having an annual turnover exceeding more than INR 12 lakh for a state license and above Rs. 20 crores in case of a Central license FBO having an annual turnover of not more than Rs. 12 lakh
Slaughterhouses FSSAI State License and FSSAI Central License FSSAI Basic Registration
Nature of FBO Medium and Large Scale FBOs Petty FBOs, hawkers and vendor
Validity Validity of the License up to 1 to 5 years Up to 1-5 years
Fee The FSSAI State License fee is Rs. 2000 - 5000 per year. For FSSAI Central License fee is Rs.7500 per year FSSAI Basic Registration fee is INR 100 per annum
Type of Application Form required to fill Need to fill FORM-B Mandatory FORM-A is required
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is the FSSAI registration number a license number?

Yes, the FSSAI registration number serves as a license number. Each Food Business Operator (FBO) is assigned a 14-digit license number.

What is the difference between registration and license in FSSAI?

Food businesses with annual revenues of up to Rs. 12 lakhs qualify for FSSAI registration, which entails less stringent compliance requirements and lower fees. Conversely, a FSSAI license is mandatory for medium- to large-scale food enterprises with revenues exceeding Rs. 12 lakhs.

How to check FSSAI Registration status?

You can check your FSSAI registration status on foscos website site by using your registration number or you can use our free FSSAI license status checker tool to get the details about your registration.

What is the FSSAI Registration process fee?

The government fee for FSSAI registration is Rs. 100 per year tool.

Types of FSSAI registration?

FSSAI has classified its licensing into three types.

  • FSSAI Basic registration
  • FSSAI state license
  • FSSAI central license

Is FSSAI Registration mandatory for merchant exporters?

Yes, all the merchants and manufacturers are required to have an FSSAI central license for their import-export food businesses.

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