The concept of a DIN has been introduced for the first time with the insertion of sections 266A to 266G of Companies (Amendment) Act, 2006. As such, all the existing and intending Directors have to obtain DIN within the prescribed time-frame as notified.


  • Meaning of DIN:-
    DIN means an identification number allotted by CG to-
  • Any individual intending to be appointed as a director, or
    Any existing director of company,
    For purpose of his identification as such.


Mandatory to have
No company shall appoint or reappoint any individual as a director unless he has been allotted DIN u/s 266B.



Step I. Obtain provisional DIN
The applicant is required to fill-up and submit form DIN-1 online for obtaining provisional DIN
Step II. Pay din application fee
Form DIN-1 will be processed only after the DIN application fee is paid.
Step III. Dispatch DIN application to MCA DIN Cell
The applicant is required to take a print-out of Form DIN-1 (containing provisional DIN generated online). Fill the service Request Number (SRN) of the fee paid. Sign the DIN application form manually and paste a good resolution photograph in the space earmarked. Attach the photocopies of the 'Proof of Identity' (Attach additional proof, if 'Father's name and 'Date of Birth' is not indicated in the 'Proof of Identity') and the 'Proof of Residence' with DIN application form and tick     the relevant checkbox against the document name. Get the photograph and the attached supporting documents attested from an approved authority as specified in form DIN-1. The certifying authority must mention its particulars such as Name, COP No. etc, and affix its seal/stamp.Complete set of documents is required to be sent to MCA DIN Cell at Noida, by post, courier or and delivery, as per convenience, within 60 days from the date of generation of provisional DIN online.


Steps after approval of DIN : (Applicable only for existing directors appointed up to 30th June, 2007)
On approval of DIN, intimate your DIN to all the company(ies) (within a period of 30 days from the date of approval) in which you are a Director, in form DIN-2.
After the Director has intimated the DIN allotted to the company(ies), the Company(ies) is/are then required to intimate the DINs of its directors to the ROC in Form DIN-3 within a period of seven days of receiving form DIN-2.


Post-approval changes in particulars of DIN-1

If there is any change in the particulars submitted in form DIN-1, File form DIN-4 for intimating the changes in the particulars within 30 days. For instance in the event of change of address of a director, he/ she is required to intimate this change by submitting Form DIN-4 along with the required attested documents with MCA DIN Cell.


Prohibition to obtain more than one DIN (Sec. 266C)

Obligation to indicate DIN
If any return, information or particular required to be furnished under the Act relates to a director or contain any reference to a director, every person or company shall quote the DIN in such return, information or particular.


Contravention of Sec. 266A, 266C, 266D, 266E is punishable with fine up to Rs. 5,000 plus up to Rs. 500 per day in case of continuing default.