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FSSAI Registration: How to Get FSSAI License in India

Having a valid FSSAI Registration for your food business can help in the expansion of business and offer a fair playing field for all the FBO in the food industry. FSSAI is an apex governing body that regulates and set guidelines for the food sector in India they have made it mandatory to have an FSSAI Registration for all kinds of food business operators to commerce in food-related sectors. It has now become obligatory for all FBOs to have an FSSAI registration to avoid any legal scrutiny by government officials.

FSSAI Food License [Sample]

FSSAI Basic Registration Sample
FSSAI State License Sample
FSSAI Central License Sample

What is FSSAI License

The FSSAI license is an important document for anyone who wants to work in the food industry. The license is mandatory for all those who want to manufacture, sell or import-export food items in India. According to their prescribed criteria, they can obtain the FSSAI license from the state or central government FSSAI licensing authorities.

FSSAI license number is a 14-digit uniform registration code provided to food business operators after successful FSSAI registration. All the FBOs must display this number on their food products and premises, containing the necessary details of Food manufacturer registration validity and location.

Types Of FSSAI Food Licenses

FSSAI licensing body has categorised FSSAI registration into 3 types (Basic registration, FSSAI State License, and FSSAI Central License) according to the following criteria and nature of FBOs.

Particulars FSSAI basic Regisstraion FSSAI State License FSSAI Central License
Annual turnover limit FBO having turnover, not of more than INR 12 lakh annually FBO having annual turnover of more than Rs. 12 lakh up to 20 crore rupees FBO having turnover of more than INR 20 crore annually, or operating in central government premises
Nature of FBO Petty FBOs such as; food vendors, individual sellers, hawkers Medium-scale Food industries, hotel businesses, transporters and manufacturers Large-scale food manufacturing units and industries, 5-star hotels, import-export FBOs

Note : As per the new norm of FSSAI. The applicants are required to pay only Initial fee of ₹1000 + 18% GST on it for their FSSAI licenses. However once the application is processed and passed by the licensing authorities then the rest of the differential amount i,e respective license fee along with differential GST has to be paid by the applicant within 30 working days. If the applicant failed to pay the amount then approval will be auto rejected.


Documents required for FSSAI License

  1. Declaration through form A
  2. Address proof
  3. Form IX nomination of a person by a company along with the board. (form IX is not required in the case of a proprietor)
  4. Government-issued identity card
  5. Detail of kind of business ( KOB )
  6. NOC from the municipality or any recognised legal local body “if required”
  7. Source of raw material
  1. Form B application for licence/renewal of a licence under FSS act 2006
  2. Premise details in square metres and metres along with layout
  3. Recall plan
  4. Form IX nomination
  5. List of directors with full details in case of a company
  6. Partnership deed / self-declaration for Proprietorship
  7. Copy of certificate obtained under Coop Act-1861/ Multi-State Coop Act-2002 in case of Cooperative (wherever applicable)
  8. In the case of groundwater NOC from CGWA is necessary
  9. Name and list of equipment and machinery along with numbers
  10. Authorised identity proof
  1. Self-declaration through form B
  2. NOC from municipality
  3. Proof of ownership of the premise or NOC from the owner “ if rented
  4. Authorised Photo identity card
  5. Import-export code issued by DGFT
  6. Ministry of commerce certificate for 100% EOU
  7. Certification from the ministry of tourism in the case of hotels
  8. NOC/PA issued by FSSAI
  9. Food safety management plan
  10. Must have certificate obtained under COOP-act 1861 and multi-state act 2002
  11. The Source of raw materials must be provided
  12. In case of water is used as an ingredient then must have a test report of water from the authorised test report from concerned authorities

How to get FSSAI License - Step by Step Procedure

Process fssai Registration

Step-1 online Application

You need to file an online application on the FosCos website for the FSSAI registration or License as per the nature of your FBO. Fill out the FORM-A or FORM-B accordingly and upload all necessary documents as asked, along with the respective registration/license fee.

After completion, it will provide you with an application reference number to track the status of your application, and you can use our free application status checker tool also track your application status.

Step -2 Inspection by FSSAI

Authorities will apprehend your application within-7 working days, and if the application is rejected, then an inspection will be held by the food safety office at the premises.

Step -3 Approval from FSSAI

After the Food Safety Officer completes the inspection and document verification, they will approve issuing your FSSAI registration to concerned licensing authorities.

Step -4 Issuance of License/Registration

FSSAI license or registration will be issued by India's food safety and standard authority ( FSSAI ) within 25-30 days. A 14-digit unique number and an FSSAI logo with be provided on your registered Email ID

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How Much Does it Cost to Obtain a Food License?

  • The cost of an FSSAI State license varies from Rs. 2,000 - 5,000 per year according to the kind of Business and capacity of an FBO.
  • The Cost of the FSSAI Central License is Rs. 7,500 + 18% GST per annum.
  • The fee for the FSSAI Basic license is INR 100 each year.
Type of Registration/license FEE
Basic registration INR 100 per annum
State license Rs. 2,000 - 5,000 per annum
Central license Rs. 7,500

Note: The aforementioned Fees is exclusive of GST.

Note : As per the new norm of FSSAI. The applicants are required to pay only Initial fee of ₹1000 + 18% GST on it for their FSSAI licenses. However once the application is processed and passed by the licensing authorities then the rest of the differential amount i,e respective license fee along with differential GST has to be paid by the applicant within 30 working days. If the applicant failed to pay the amount then approval will be auto rejected.

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Benefits of FSSAI License

  1. Statutory benefits
  2. Helps in growth of business
  3. Build consumer trust
  4. Validation form consumers
  5. Fair Competition
  6. Streamline manufacturing and transportation process for FBOs to operators
Benefits of FSSAI Registration

FSSAI Registration Eligibility

All the small-scale food business operators with an annual turnover of less than Rs.12 Lakh are required to have an FSSAI Basic registration. The following food businesses are eligible for FSSAI registration:

  • Small scale retailers, wholesalers
  • Dhaba owners
  • Petty dairy units
  • Home bakers
  • Hawkers, food vendors
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Compliances and penalty

Penalties for violation of FSSAI compliances
FSSAI Compliances Penalties
Misbranding of food items Rs. 3 lakh
Adulatration of Food Penalties up to Rs. 10 lakh or 6 months in jail
Misbranding Fine Upto Rs. 3 lakh or imprisonment as per guidelines
Misleading advertisement Fbo found misleading promotions shall be fined upto Rs. 10 lakh
Repeated violation of rules May lead to cancellation of License
Unhygienic condition Shall be fined upto Rs. 1 lakh
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Renewal of FSSAI License

FBOs can file for FSSAI license renewal 120-30 days before the expiry date. However, once the validity of the FSSAI license is expired, all functions of FBO must stop immediately until renewal. To avoid such inconvenience, you can check the exact validity of your FSSAI license using our free FSSAI license status checking tool to file for the timely renewal of your registration.

Licence validity and renewal of FSSAI registration

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 How to get FSSAI License in India?

You can file for FSSAI registration on the government website or contact us for hassle-free online FSSAI registration.

 How much does FSSAI License cost?

The cost of an FSSAI license depends on the nature of the License.

  • For FSSAI Basic Registration, the fee is Rs. 100 per annum
  • For FSSAI state License, the fee is Rs. 2,000 - 5,000 per annum
  • For FSSAI central License, the fee is Rs. 7,500 per annum

 Is the FSSAI license mandatory?

Yes, the FSSAI license is obligatory for all food business operators in India, irrespective of the annual turnover and nature of KOBs.

 How can I check my FSSAI License?

You can check your FSSAI license validity using our free FSSAI license checker tool.

 What is FSSAI License?

FSSAI license is a 14-digit registration number provided by FSSAI licensing authority to registered FBOs. Without an FSSAI license, no FBO can commence any food business in India.

 Who gives FSSAI Licenses?

The FSSAI licensing authority issues FSSAI licenses after thorough document verification and inspection of the premises by the Food safety officer.

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