- What does DIN mean?
DIN or Director’s Identification Number is a unique number, that is provided by the Central Government to any individual who intends to become a director or is already the director of a company. Director’s Identification Number is used to maintain the details of a director in the database. It is a unique 8-digit number, that has validity for a lifetime.
DIN in person specific, in general terms it means that, if a someone is the director of more than one company, then 1 Director’s Identification Number will fulfil the purpose in all the companies. In case the director changes the company, he/she can use the same DIN.
Why is DIN required?
Whenever a director files any return, issues an application or any information related to the company, that are submitted under the law, the director is supposed to sign the documents mentioned above and the Director’s Identification Number of the director will be mentioned underneath his/her signature.
Documents required to apply for DIN?
Here is the list of the documents, that are required for DIN application: –
- Passport size Photographs
- Identity proof of the applicant
- Address proof of the applicant
The above-mentioned documents are for the verification of certain personal details like Father’s Name, Date of birth etc of the applicant. All the documents that an applicant provides must be attested by a Chartered Accountant or a Company Secretary or a Cost Accountant, who is in full-time practice.
In case of a foreign applicant, the above-mentioned documents are required to be attested by Consulate of the Indian Embassy and Foreign Public Notary.
How can one apply for DIN?
An applicant is required to use the following forms for DIN: –
- SPICe Form: – DIN Application for the first-time directors for the new companies is supposed to made in SPICe Form only.
- DIR-3 Form: – Anyone who wants to become the director of an existing company is required to make DIN application using the DIR-3 eForm.
- DIR-6 Form: – Any change in the details of the directors are supposed to be made using DIR-6 Form.