How to Register a Company in India?

There are many foreign companies engaging in trading and manufacturing activities in India. Do you want to take advantage of their financial growth?

The Reserve Bank of India can accommodate your business within their country as long as you follow their registration laws. We can show you the right steps in starting a company in India now.

The first step in registering a company in India is to have your name approved by the ROC (Registrar of Companies) in the State/Union Territory. This approval is subject to certain conditions, for example, your company name should be unique and there should be no duplicate company name in India at the time of your application. In the case of a public company, the name “Limited” should be included at the end of the company name while for private limited, the term “Private Limited,” must be explicitly included there.

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The ROC in different states primarily manages the following:

  • Penalty action against companies
  • Eliminating company names
  • Alteration of companies from public to private and vice versa
  • Change of fiscal year
  • Change of company name
  • Integration of companies

Fees payable would depend on the company’s nominal capital to be registered and paid either in cash or postal order. The documents and requirements to be submitted should be with ROC within six months of the company’s incorporation. Under domestic law, the companies are required by India to withhold tax from certain payments such as winning from horse races/lottery/games, commission, payments to contractors, professional fee, interest, and salaries paid to employees.

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Check out the details on how to register a company in India through their government’s website or through their company laws. Here are some steps you should take:

  • Attain DIN (Director Identification Number) which is printed, signed, and sent to Ministry of Corporate Affairs together with your identity proof (voter ID card, passport, and driving license) as well as residence proof (bank statement, electricity bill, ration card, and telephone bill).
  • Acquire digital signature certificate that will utilize their latest electronic registration system. This can be acquired from any private bureau sanctioned by MCA 21.
  • Cache the name of the company with ROC. You can give six proposed names as alternatives for your company name.
  • Seal the credentials of the company at a certified private bank or State Treasury.
  • Attain Certificate of Incorporation from Ministry of Corporate Affairs (Registrar of Companies).
  • Acquire PAN (Permanent Account Number) from a certified agent or franchise allotted by NSDL (National Securities Depository Ltd.) or UTI (Unit Trust of India) Investors Services Ltd.
  • Get a TAN (Tax Account Number) for income taxes from Income Tax Department’s Assessing Office.
  • Enroll with Establishment Act (State/Municipal), Shops, and Office of Inspector.
  • Enroll for VAT (Value-Added Tax) at Commercial Tax Office with various credentials such as the company’s Memorandum or Articles of Association and proof of location.

This Video Explains 3 Steps and Times Required to Register a Private Limited Company in India

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512 Comments

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    pune. how do i register a business - injection molding, bathroom accessories, toilet pot, urine pot, basin
  • Vikram said on March 4, 2010
    Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Proprietorship Software company which will provide services and also have his own product, consultancy, education and will do business all over the world.
  • jayshree patil said on March 27, 2010
    mumbai base company of computer assembling, data center from 3 years. i want to register my company with ROC. minimum nominal capital should be how much. contact 8123057127
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    How to start a Marriage Bureau in Hyderabad. what is the process in setting up a marriage Bureau. Hyderabad, Andhrapradesh, India
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    I am running a computer center registered under service tax. is any further registration is required for my computer center. as I am providing DCA, PGDCA and other carrier courses. I want to register my computer center under government of orissa. pl. guide in this regard or call me to my number 9861583937.
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  • surya said on January 18, 2011
    Hello sir I like to Start My Home textiles & Garments shop in tuticorin/Tamilnadu. I Want to know how i register my shop in ROC. It is possible to get any bank loan without any Company Registration Copies
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    i am running a building maintenance company from pune i want to know do i have to register my company for sales tax or VAT and what is the procedure for the registration. Thanks
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    i am Thirumani selvan ,my father had started a small scale garment business in the year 1980 in the name P.S.R DRESSES ,he has got RC number and CST number, recently he has also got VAT number,now i want to register our shop in the name P.S.R DRESSES and want to get copy right for the name of the garment shop, our shop is located in puthiamputhur near tuticorin tamilnadu.
  • Komaldeep Kaur said on February 9, 2011
    Want to start an investigative company in India but on state level.Please guide, what kind of essential registrations are needed. It is just a kind of service providing company. Thanks in advance
  • Sanjiv said on February 17, 2011
    Hi, I want to start my own software consultancy firm based at pune. If you could guide me setting up the documents/process/fees/ legal information etc, that would be a great help to me. Please write to on san_singh007@rediffmail.com. regards, sanjiv
  • Sandesh said on February 25, 2011
    Hello, I want to start a firm which will provide backend supports for US and UK base company for which we are going to have an service level agreement between two company. Kindly suggest what should i do to register my firm in mumbai or Thane so that i can start my business. Any suggestion will be great help for us. Thank you.
  • James expert adviser said on February 25, 2011
    @Sandesh, it is not a tedious job to register a company in India but it is much cheaper to get this done through a business consultant. They will do this really fast and you will have time in concentrating on other things. Ask your friends and relatives to find a local business consultant.

    Jestin James
    Startup Biz Hub - Senior Advisor (Staff)

  • Prabhakar said on March 7, 2011
    i wanna register a event management company so pls help me anyone knows the procedure ... (0)77082 30908
  • Raghunath expert adviser said on March 7, 2011
    @Prabhakar, the process of applying is same as other businesses. If you don't know the process then follow from here or hire a consultant to complete the work for you. You require about Rs.25,000 to register a company having working capital of 100,000 INR. If you do this by professionals then they will add some fees.

    Raghunath Natarajan
    Startup Biz Hub - Advisor (Staff)

  • Dinesh Kumar said on March 10, 2011
    I am in IT business from the last 5 years, Now i want to register my firm with limited liabilities. it should be either eg. ABC pvt. ltd. or ABC LLC. Please suggest the process and money involved!
  • Prashant said on March 14, 2011
    @Dinesh Kumar, You may want to get in touch with CS Meenal Abhyankar (visit : www.abhyankarcs.com), if you are planning to start your own Company. I myself contacted her & she helped me form my own Private limited company in Pune. I had compared few Consultants (CA's & Legal Firms) but found her quote very cost effective & reliable.
  • Trevor Pinheiro said on March 31, 2011
    will be starting a poultry farm in Maharashtra very shortly. Need to know how to go about registering the farm name and also if any other formalities required. pls reply on email. Thks
  • manish said on April 14, 2011
    i am in data entry work business.i want to register my company. Can you give me the guideline about the same?.plz reply on email. Thnks....
  • zaid said on May 2, 2011
    i am starting computer sales and service shop in yavatmal distic so please help me about registration of shop and vat tin cst number
  • ashok hakoo said on May 21, 2011
    I am Qualified Textile technologist/MBA with 35 plus years experience of integrated textile mills in manufacturing, marketing of Home textiles, Apparels, Upholstery and Technical textiles,fabrication technologies which promises to spur development of new commercial products.I have established textile consultancy and services firm Please tell me how should i proceed to get my company registered. Where should i approach to start my registration process and how long will it take to complete the whole process. Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
  • rashad parvez said on May 22, 2011
    i want register mobile company in India plz give me guidance
  • Madhusudan said on May 28, 2011
    i want to register my web design and development company in pune. so please guide me
  • Retna Raj said on June 4, 2011
    I am at present in Bahrain would like to open an geotechnical Investigation & Material testing laboratory services In Tuticorin Tamil Nadu. Please let me know the formalities.
  • Arun Alande said on June 9, 2011
    I am at pune and i want to start my small scale software company which provide services and also have his own product,education and will do business all over the india. so please tell me procedure and rules. Thanks and Regards, Arun Alande
  • Rupankar Roy said on June 11, 2011
    I want to start a marriage bureau in my state.so please guide me. Agartala, Tripura(w). India
  • Sumeet said on June 13, 2011
    hello. we have a trading company based in Mumbai and we also reside in Mumbai. We are supplying our items in the chhattisgarh state and now due to taxation in Maharashtra, we are facing competition there. the only solution is to open a trading company in chhattisgarh. can you please help me as to how can i open a current account in a bank there and also a trading company there?
  • Gaurav Sharma said on June 14, 2011
    i want to start my own marriage bureau.i need to know all the documentation and procedures that i need to follow to start it in mumbai.
  • Priyanka said on June 24, 2011
    Hello sir, i am planning to open a marriage bureau in jaipur,India. Plz guide me to the legal laws required to be fulfilled except from laws of starting a new business ie.any special claws related to opening of "a marriage bureau" Thanks.
  • NIsbat said on July 27, 2011
    Hello, I am planning to open marriage bureau for a particular caste . is it necessary to get it registered ? if yes where should i get it registered and wat are the legal duties/procedure? that I have to fulfill -( in pune / Maharashtra )
  • rajesh mehra said on August 6, 2011
    Dear sir, pls advice i had want to open new Business marriage bureau, and what is the cost of the License, and what is the terms and condition Thank's Regard's Mehra.
  • santanu panja said on August 12, 2011
    i want to open a new computer hardware shop in kolkat , westbengal, india but i have no VAT no. i want to know how to create a vat no. and other necessary permission certificates to open a new computer hardware shop
  • Shanjoy Mairembam said on August 27, 2011
    I've consulted a company in Bangalore to register my LLP company with same name as I've in UK (i.e. "Shan Mai Consulting Ltd" registered in London, UK). But, the Bangalore company has registered my company as 'Shan Mai Strategy Consulting LLP' citing company formation rules in India. I like to have company name only as 'Shan Mai Consulting LLP' instead of 'Shan Mai Strategy Consulting LLP'. Is it feasible? Please advise
  • James expert adviser said on August 27, 2011
    @Shanjoy Mairembam, It can match your name provided that is available. There is no other special rules for choosing a name in India as far as i know.

    Jestin James
    Startup Biz Hub - Senior Advisor (Staff)

  • Garfield said on August 31, 2011
    My partners in India tell me that to create a new company and to have a number that will allow them to invoice clients takes 4-6 weeks. Can anyone a) tell me if this may be reduced and b) provide a service in order to minimise this setup time? Thank you.
  • mohinder singh said on September 6, 2011
    i want start the work of mechanical equipment fabrication and supply. I dont know about the taxes. We get cst no. ? For inter state sales
  • SAUMEN SAHA said on September 23, 2011
    I want to open a Limited Company for doing business of financial product thats why I wants to know how I will open it as soon as possible.
  • subhash chand said on October 7, 2011
    hi, myself subhash, i want to start a yoga studio in mumbai in a very small scale. but i want to make a registered logo for it. i want to know that can i have a registered logo for my work without registering my work, plz let me know as soon as possible. thanx and regards
  • Panama said on October 10, 2011
    Hi We are IT professionals but would like to start an Agri based company for doing Organic farming in Mysore-karnatak. WE plan to buy agricultural land in the name of company as none of us have farming background. Please advise how do we start? what are the criteria ? what kind of documents we need to possess? whom should we approach. Please advise, Panama
  • ARSHADULLAH BAIG said on November 4, 2011
    want to start a car accessories business in chennai vyasapadi, need the cost of registration of the shop & the vat no registration
  • Rohit kumar said on November 4, 2011
    Sir, I want to open my small company in computer maintenance, software development and website development. So I want to register my company for that bit I have no idea how and what cost I have to pay for registering my company. Awaiting for a reply from your side....
  • VIJAY SHANKAR THORAT said on November 4, 2011
    TO START LOTTERY BUSINESS THROUGH SOFTWARE IN INDIA MAHARASHTRA PUNE TELL ME THE TOTAL LEGAL DOCUMENTS & CERTIFICATE OF GOVERNMENT.THANK U SIR.
  • biyuram wage said on November 5, 2011
    want to start a marriage bureau/ on line matrimony.com please let me know the whole legal formalities and procedure
  • sunil tiwari said on November 8, 2011
    sir, I want to open my small security company in mumbai, so tell me legal reregistration document
  • Nurkutubul alam said on November 17, 2011
    I started manufacturing unit of packaged drinking water at south24 parganas west bengal. I needed a helping person for my business registration.
  • swathi said on November 21, 2011
    hello sir, recently i stated marriage bureau. what is the process to the register the company.
  • jayan said on November 22, 2011
    i am jayan, i am going to start a new multi cuisine restaurant in ERODE DISTRICT, TAMILNADU, INDIA. so could you please guide me what type of registration should i follow.
  • Gattu Satyanarayana said on November 28, 2011
    I am planning to start a trading business (selling laboratory equipments to industries) in india. My hometown is Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. So, please advice me how to register my trading business in the government and what could be the expend for that.
  • RAJA said on November 28, 2011
    Hi, I planning to start a ONLINE LOTTERY BUSINESS CENTRE IN ANYWHERE IN MAHARASHTRA STATE. If you could guide me setting up the ONLINE LOTTERY business and required documents/process/fees/ legal information etc, that would be a great help to me. Please write to on raja9du@gmail.com. regards, RAJA 9158847488 raja9du@gmail.com
  • Vishal said on December 6, 2011
    I am planing to start matrimonial web site, i want to know the legal documents to start matrimonial web site..and where to register and all, please inform me. Thx, Vishal
  • tridip bera said on December 8, 2011
    I am planning to start a Pvt. Ltd. company. What type of registration should I follow?
  • tridip bera said on December 8, 2011
    I am planning to start a Pvt. Ltd. Construction Company in Kolkata, W.B. Location. What type of registration should I follow & how much fix money minimum required?
  • Anupama.M said on December 11, 2011
    Hi I want to start an institution to train the students in spoken English, soft skills, personality development. I want to give a name to my institute and register that name. with what organisation I should register. My place of work is Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India.
  • Prakash Gupta said on January 3, 2012
    How to start a Marriage Bureau in Delhi. what is the process in setting up a marriage Bureau. Delhi-6 India
  • yeteendra said on January 3, 2012
    plan to start a child day care center. Is it necessary to to register the name, if so where ?
  • mrs.vaishali savant said on January 14, 2012
    sir, how to start a marriage bureau in thane dist.(maharashtra),what is the correct procedure and i want to also know about registration fee, consultation fee and is require license or any legal documentations- pl guide
  • sujeet Kumar Dhal said on January 17, 2012
    I am sujeet Kumar Dhal, I want to start a business in Hospitality service provider. I am staying in delhi and i wants to get a license which through i will get some better client. How can it possible give the advice. Thanks & Regards, Sujeet
  • Kiruba said on January 19, 2012
    I would like to start advertisement & animation studio to work on Ads + film projects to carry out special effects in chennai, Tamilnadu. Can you please tell me what is the procedure to get it register for visual media+ printing media apart from registering the firm as pvt ltd.
  • Gunaseelan said on January 19, 2012
    Am giving yoga class for children at home and now want to start center as my own and I want know is there any formalities for registering under companies act!! And I want start all myself...not in partnership deed!! for registering one person only it has be done in municipality but yoga being a sports there is not registration.. So would I start with out registration or give me Ideas pleas
  • momin jamader said on February 1, 2012
    I am Momin jamader hardware & networking engineer form KOLKATA ,INDIA I have starting a computer assembling companies . So I get a loan from bank please send my a project for starting company
  • PRADIPTA KUMAR MOHANTY said on February 2, 2012
    I would Like to setup a Consultancy services company at Bhubaneswar, Odisha. I want to register the company, please advice in details. thank you Pradipta K. Mohanty
  • Hasib Patel said on February 13, 2012
    Hi I want to start my own company on Corporate hospitality which will have catering .Please give me the required documents.
  • Antara M said on February 13, 2012
    We are two friends, both girls. We want to buy a commercial property together in Pune and then start a fabric retailing company. Can we both buy a property together and then what do we do to register the company. As of today, we have not yet finalized the property but want to proceed with registering the name of the company. Please advise.
  • Ramesh Saiba said on February 15, 2012
    Sir, m working in pvt. ltd company as a service engineer now i want to open self service provider centre of machineries. how and where i register the new company in west bengal? kindly help me.
  • DKJ said on February 16, 2012
    To Form / Incorporate a New Company in India in Least time and Cheapest cost, including obtaining DIN No. of Indian or Foreign Nationals , Registering Name of Company, Change in Name of company , Obtaining Digital Signature, Printing of memorandum and all related works , Contact N.M.S. Pvt Ltd. : Mr.D.K.Jain : +91-9810092750 or email at : dkjain44@yahoo.com
  • vijayan said on February 20, 2012
    I want to start a trading firm in bangalore. Basically sourcing and supplying the apparels in and around Bangalore.How can i do it thro legally registered company
  • vivek kohli said on February 23, 2012
    hi sir i m from faridabad haryana. i want to start my own bakery food product company. how do i register my company plz guide me.
  • kamalika said on March 10, 2012
    I WANT TO START A PRESCHOOL(NURSARY, L.K.G, U.K.G) IN HYDERABAD. PL TELL ME THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS AND HOW TO REGISTER THIS SCHOOL AND REGISTRATION BENEFITS.
  • Bhargav said on March 11, 2012
    I want to Start up a small training academy for spoken and written English in my locality, a private Layout located in Bangalore. Start up really small and gradually expand based on the response. Need Information on how to go about the legal or other procedures like registering etc. Can anyone help me out here with info?
  • GAUTAMI DHOTRE said on March 15, 2012
    I want to start marriage bureau in worli . I want to know is there registration is required or not. & what is the procedure of it.?
  • Priya gupta said on March 20, 2012
    I WANT TO START A Tiffin Service IN Mumbai. Plz TELL ME THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS AND HOW TO REGISTER THIS Services AND REGISTRATION BENEFITS. How much cost for the same. Mumbai, India

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