BIS Hallmark Registration - Process, Documents Required and Fee

Updated on July 17, 2024 06:07:41 PM

Hallmark Registration is a mandatory licensing in India by gold jewellery and artefacts makers. Hallmark certification aims to maintain the quality and standardise the purity of gold in India. The hallmarking of gold and silver is regulated by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) under the hallmark registration scheme. It is obligatory regulatory compliance that needs to be maintained by the jewellers and artefacts. Moving forward in the article we will briefly discuss its importance, the cost of certification and the Registration process involved in the hallmark registration.

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What is Hallmark Registration?

Hallmark registration is a regulatory licence under the BIS hallmarking scheme for gold and silver ornaments & artefacts. Hallmarking is a process of certifying the purity of these products in India.

The BIS hallmarking scheme is a comprehensive framework established by the Government of India to ensure the accuracy and reliability of precious metal products sold in the country. Manufacturers, importers, and retailers can legally display the BIS hallmark on their gold and silver products by obtaining a hallmark registration, indicating compliance with the prescribed purity standards.

The hallmark registration process involves a rigorous assessment of the applicant's manufacturing facilities, quality control measures, and product testing procedures. To obtain the license, applicants must meet stringent criteria set by the BIS, including maintaining proper records, adhering to manufacturing standards, and possessing adequate infrastructure for hallmarking.

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Testing Required for Hallmarked Jewellery

  • Homogeneity Testing: Homogeneity testing involves testing samples to ensure they fulfil BIS regulatory standards. The samples are tested very minutely and evaluated on various parameters.
  • Purity Testing: Purity is the most important parameter for hallmarking gold and silver jewellery.
  • Individual Item Marking: Marking every item individually is the last step. Jewellery is marked using either a laser or a press. Jewellery can also be hand-marked for its quality.
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Types of Hallmarking

The hallmark is classified into 17 categories naming:

Karat (K) Hallmarking Categories Purity (%)
24 Karat 24K999 99.9
23 Karat 23K958 95.8
22 Karat 22K916 91.6
21 Karat 21K875 87.5
20 Karat 20K833 83.3
19 Karat 19K791 79.1
18 Karat 18K750 75.0
17 Karat 17K708 70.8
16 Karat 16K666 66.6
15 Karat 15K625 62.5
14 Karat 14K585 58.5
13 Karat 13K541 54.1
12 Karat 12K500 50.0
11 Karat 11K458 45.8
10 Karat 10K416 41.6
9 Karat 9K375 37.5
8 Karat 8K333 33.3
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Documents Required for Hallmark Registration

  • Registered partnership deed
  • Registration Certification issued by Roc & MoA
  • Gst Registration Certificate
  • Income tax assessment
  • Rent agreement if the premise is rented
  • Certified GST Return of the previous financial year
  • In the case of a new firm, an undertaking should be collected from the firm with an estimated turnover and assurance to submit GSTR
  • Proof of signatory
  • Aadhaar-based verification or e-signature
  • Copy of PAN card, Aadhaar card
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Process of Hallmark Registration

The process of hallmark registration is as follows:

Documentation

Applicants are required to gather all necessary documents required for hallmark registration, including application forms, identity proof, proof of ownership or authorization (if applicable), and any supporting documents related to the hallmark design and its intended use.

Submission of Application

The Application is submitted to the licensing authority for further scrutiny and verification before issuance of hallmark certification.

Verification of Documents

Once documents are Submitted for the hallmark registration application. The authority will verify the submitted documents to ensure they meet the specified requirements and guidelines. Verification also includes checking the uniqueness of the hallmark design, confirming compliance with size and format regulations, and validating the accuracy of the provided information.

Inspection & Issuance

A BIS inspector will hold an inspection at the respective site. Once the inspection is carried out successfully, the licensing authority will issue a Hallmark certificate.

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Fee for BIS Hallmark registration in India

Business Turnover Application Fee Registration Fee
Up to 5cr ₹2,000 ₹7,500
From 5cr to 25cr ₹2,000 ₹15,000
From 25cr to 100cr ₹2,000 ₹40,000
Above 100 cr ₹2,000 ₹80,000

Note: The aforementioned Fees is exclusive of GST.

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Benefits of Hallmark Registration

  • It assures buyers of the quality of gold/silver jewellery
  • It helps build consumer trust and creates a strong client-customer relationship.
  • Provides legal protection against any violation
  • Hallmark registration certificate adds a lot of value to gold and silver jewellery.
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Conclusion

Hallmark registration is a structured and essential process for establishing legal protection and authenticity for a specific design or symbol used to mark products. Hallmark ensures its uniqueness and compliance with relevant standards. Successfully registering a hallmark provides tangible benefits, including legal rights to use the mark, safeguarding against infringement, and enhancing consumer trust through visible quality assurance. It's imperative to adhere to the guidelines provided by the hallmark registration authority and maintain accurate records throughout the process to achieve a successful registration outcome.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Hallmark Registration?

The hallmark Registration is a BIS quality certification granted to jewellers of gold and silver in India, as per the guidelines of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

What is the Hallmark Process?

The Hallmark Registration Process consist of various steps from documentation, verification and inspection of the site, once all the process is duly completed the BIS hallmark certificate will be granted to respective applicants.

What is the Cost of a BIS Hallmark Registration?

The Registration fee for BIS hallmark registration can vary from INR 10,000 to upto 80,000 Rupees, depending upon the Business turnover.

Is Hallmark Compulsory for Jewellery?

Yes, The BIS Hallmark registration is compulsory for all the jewellers to sell gold and silver in the market.

Can a jeweller sell gold without Hallmark Registration?

No, BIS Hallmark is an obligatory registration required for all the jewellers and shops dealing in Gold and silver.

What is Better KDM or Hallmark?

KDM does not guarantee the purity of the gold. However, the Hallmark certificate assures that the gold is certified and pure.

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