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Tanya Verma
| Updated: 29 Oct, 2019 | Category: DIN

How to Obtain Director Identification Number?

Director Identification Number

The concept of Director Identification Number was first introduced with the insertion of the Sections 266A and 266G in the Companies {Amendment} Act, 2006. It is mandatory for every director to obtain a Director Identification Number. It serves as an identity proof of such a director. Moreover, the director doesn’t need to change DIN even when he switches companies.   

What is Director Identification Number?

Director Identification Number abbreviated as DIN is an eight-digit unique identification number which is allotted to a person intending to be a director or is an existing director in any company. It is allocated by the Central Government, which has the validity of a lifetime.

DIN or Director Identification Number is person-specific, for example, if a person is a director in two or more companies, he only needs to obtain one DIN. Also, if he leaves one company and joins another, still there is no requirement to change his DIN.    

Applicability of DIN

DIN is used whenever a return, an application or any information rating to the company is submitted to any department under any law.  Generally, the director signs with the DIN underneath on such documents which is further submitted to the concerning government department.

DIN Application and Modification Forms

DIN can be obtained through the following forms, let’s learn about them in detail;

  • SPICe Form: It is an application form used for obtaining DIN, for person not having the same and who is proposed to be the first director of a new company. 
  •  DIR 3 Form: Any person intending to become a director in an existing company needs to make an application in Form DIR 3 along with the prescribed documents.
  • DIR 6 Form: If there is any change in the particulars of the director, Form DIR 6 is used for requesting for making any changes in the DIR.

The above-mentioned forms are filled electronically. Then, it needs to be digitally signed and then uploaded on the MCA 21 portal. 

Documents Required

You are required to attach certain supporting documents along with the Application Form. Let’s know what those documents are;  

With SPICe Form:

  • Proof of identity
  • Address proof

With Form DIR 3:

  • Photograph
  • Identity proof
  • Residence proof
  • Verification detail such as
    • Name
    • Father’s name
    • Current address
    • Date of birth
    • Declaration text
    • A physical signature of the applicant
  • A copy of Passport as ID Proof for foreign nationals

How to obtain DIN?

You need to follow the given steps to obtain your Director Identification Number {DIN};

  • Download the application form as per the specification of your company
  • Create your account on the MCA Portal[1]
  • Log in to your account
  • Make an application in the prescribed form
  • Attach the supporting documents
  • It is mandatory to digitally sign the Form DIR 3. Furthermore, it should be verified digitally by a Company Secretary/ Managing director/ CEO or CFO of the company
  • After completing the application form and uploading all documents, you need to submit the requisite fees. Only electronic payment of the fee for the eForm DIR 3 is allowed, i.e. through net banking/ credit card/ pay later/ Neft, etc.
  • After submission, your application is sent for verification. If your application is successfully verified then your application will be accepted, otherwise, it will be rejected.
  • Finally, upon successful acceptance of your application, your DIN will be generated and issued to you for further use.    

Read our article:Change in the name of the company: Step by Step Procedure

What can be the reasons for the rejection of the application

Sometimes the application gets rejected by the issuing body due to the following mistakes committed by the applicants;

  • Non- submission of the following documents:
    • Proof of identity of the applicant
    • A Proof of the father’s name of the applicant
    • Proof of date of birth of the applicant
    • Proof of residential address of the applicant
    • Copy of passport not submitted {for foreign nationals}
  • Invalid application or documents:
    • Invalid or expired documents
    • Any submitted document which is not issued by a government authority
    • Application/ enclosed evidence containing handwritten entries
    • Duplicate application
    • Application without a photograph of the applicant not affixed
    • Signature not affixed on the prescribed place
    • Name of the person does not match with the name in the enclosed evidence
    • Applicant’s date of birth does not match with the one mentioned in the enclosed evidence
    • Mismatch in the father’s name of the applicant 
    • Mismatch in the mentioned Address between the application and in the enclosed evidence
    • Gender not mentioned correctly in Form DIR 3
    • Supporting documents are not self-attested

Fees for obtaining DIN

The prescribed fee for obtaining Director Identification Number {DIN} is Rs. 500.


Director Identification Number is an 8 digit unique identification code that serves as an identity proof of a director in a company. Also, it is mandatory for every director of a company to have a Director Identification Number or DIN.

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Tanya Verma

Tanya is working as writer & editor from past 2 years with experience in covering startup and technology related topics.

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