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Director Identification Number (DIN) means an identification number allotted by the Central Government to any individual, intending to be appointed as director or to any existing director of a company, for the purpose of his identification as a director of a company.[Rule 2(d) of Companies (Appointment and Qualification of Directors) Rules, 2014].

The following procedure is to be followed for application and allotment of DIN [Section 153 to 158 and Rule No. 9 to 12 of the Companies (Appointment and Qualification of Directors) Rules, 2014]-

1. Ensure that the applicant obtains a Digital signature Certificate (DSC) before applying DIN.

2. Following documents/details are required for obtaining DIN:

• Copy of PAN card as ID Proof (For Indian Nationals)
• Copy of Passport as ID Proof (For Foreign Nationals & Non Resident Indians)
• Copy of Passport/Driving License/Voter Identity card/Electricity Bill/ Telephone Bill, Bank account Statement or Aadhaar as Address Proof (not more than 2 months old in case of Indian nationals and not more than 1 year old in case of Foreign nationals)
• Copy of latest passport size photograph
• Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Educational Qualification & present occupation of Applicant
• Phone No. & E-mail id of Applicant
•  Copy of verification by the applicant as per eForm No. DIR-4

3. Make an application electronically with the Central Govt. in E-Form No. DIR-3 for Allotment of Director Identification Number along with such fees as provided in the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014. [Sec. 153 and Rule 9(1) of the Companies (Appointment and Qualification of Directors) Rules, 2014]

4.  E-Form DIR-3 shall have the following as attachments:

• Photograph in JPEG Format
• Proof of Identity
• Proof of residence
• Declaration in Form No. DIR-3A, if applicable. [In case the name of a person does not have a last name, then his or her father’s or grandfather’s surname shall be mentioned in the last name along with the declaration in Form No. DIR-3A (Rule 9(4) of Companies (Appointment and Qualification of Directors) Rules, 2014)]

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