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Updated on 19 Jan 2022  9.00 AM IST | 4 min read

What is NGO Registration??

If you are looking forward to setting up a non-profit organization with the objective of betterment or advancement of any particular section of society, it is recommended that you must go for NGO registration. It is very important to register NGO as it provides a legal entity to the organization, which makes it more reliable in the eyes of the law. You can register your non-profit organization in 3 ways –

  1. Trust Registration
  2. Society registration
  3. Section 8 Company Registration

Individuals opening non-profit organizations can choose any of the above three models on the basis of their personal requirement, level of operation, preference & scale.


What Is Included In Our Package?

Eligibility Consultation

Document Preparation

Application Drafting

Government Fees

Laws Applicable for NGO Registration in India

The three laws applicable for NGO registration in India are as follows –

  1. Trust registration under the Indian trust act, 1882.
  2. Society registration act, 1860.
  3. Section 8 company registered under the companies act, 2013.

Purpose of NGO Registration

The main objective of every organization is to earn maximum profit as it helps in the smooth functioning & future growth of the organization, but the main purpose of starting an NGO is to help others. NGO is opened for various purposes –

  • To support underprivileged children’s.
  • To support old age people.
  • Social welfare etc.

However, the main purpose of every NGO is to work for the betterment of the people through education, trade, art, skill development, cultural promotion etc.

Documents Required to Apply for NGO Registration

Register NGO as a Trust

  • Identity proof of at least two members of the company
    1. Aadhaar card
    2. Voter Id card
    3. Driving License
    4. Passport
  • Proof of registered office address
    1. Electricity bill
    2. Water bill
    3. House tax receipt
    4. Property papers
    5. Lease agreement

Register NGO as a Society

  • Name of the society
  • Two copies of the Memorandum of association and bye-laws of the society.
  • Identity proof of all nine members
    1. Aadhaar card
    2. Voter-id card
    3. Driving license
    4. Passport
  • Registered address proof of the office
    1. Electricity bill
    2. Water bill
    3. House tax receipt
    4. Property papers
    5. Lease agreement

Register NGO as a Section 8 Company

  • Name of the company
  • Copy of MOA & AOA
  • Identity proof of all the directors
    1. Aadhaar card
    2. Voter-id card
    3. Driving license
    4. Passport
  • Proof of registered office address
    1. Electricity bill
    2. Water bill
    3. House tax receipt
    4. Property papers
    5. Lease agreement

Forms Required for NGO Registration

Forms Purpose of the form
INC1 Name approval
SPICE+ Application for company incorporation
INC8 Declaration
INC9 Affidavit from each director & Subscriber
INC12 Application for License
INC13 MOA
INC14 Declaration from a practising chartered accountant
INC15 Declaration from every person filing the application
INC16 License to incorporate as section 8
INC22 Situation of registered office
DIR2 Consent of directors
DIR3 Application to Registrar of companies filed to get DIN
DIR12 Appointment of directors

Pre-requisites to the NGO registration Process

1) Obtain DSC (Digital Signature Certificate)

The proposed directors' digital signatures are required because the registration forms are filed online and should be digitally signed. Government-recognized certifying agencies issue digital signature certificates (DSC) . Costs associated with acquiring a DSC vary according to the certifying agency. You must obtain a DSC in the Class 3 category.

2) Apply for DIN

You must apply for a DIN for the company's proposed directors. DIN applications must be submitted in Form DIR-3 or in conjunction with the SPICe+ registration form. You must submit the form online on the MCA Portal along with a scanned copy of the required documents, such as a self-attested copy of the directors' PAN, Identity, and Address proof. A practising professional, such as a chartered accountant, a company secretary, or a cost accountant, must attest this form.

Modes of NGO Registration

There are 3 modes of NGO registration –

  1. Trust - Public trust is an organization or NGO made for the benefit of the people. Its main purpose is to eradicate poverty, provide education to underprivileged children’s, providing medical relief etc. The general aim of a trust is to promote arts, science & literature. Trust cannot be amended or terminated without court permission. In order to govern public trust, there are no specific laws in India. However, some states have their own public trust acts. For ex – Maharashtra & Tamil Nadu.
  2. Society - A society is a group of persons whose main aim is not to earn profits but to serve society. Society is registered under Societies Registration Act, 1860. A Society is established for the purpose of promoting charitable activities like sports, cultures, religion, education, arts and poverty reliefs. The governing members of the society are responsible for the management of societal affairs. The duty of members of the general body includes modification in name and objects, rules & regulations (if necessary) and the election of members of the governing body.
  3. Section 8 company - The section 8 Company is an organization registered as a non-profit organization whose main objective is to promote arts, commerce, charity, environment protection, religion, social welfare, research, education, sports and science. The Section 8 Company is not registered for the purpose of profit, but it is registered for the purpose of charity. This type of company is the same as a society or a trust. The Section 8 Company does not pay dividends to its members or shareholders. Its income or profits are used for promoting charitable objects only.

Benefits of Registering an NGO in India?

  1. A registered non-governmental organisation acquires legal status and assumes responsibility for the funds it receives. For example, when an individual donates to a charity trust, the funds are received in the trust's name and used for the trust's purposes. In an unregistered business, assets can be acquired under anyone's name and used for personal gain.
  2. A registered non-governmental organisation (NGO) helps to reinforce our society's ethical, social, and legal norms.
  3. The most fundamental prerequisite for operating an NGO is that it has a bank account in its name. To open an account, you must be registered as a Trust, Society, or Section 8 Company.
  4. Registration as a non-governmental organisation is required in order to apply for tax exemption from the Income Tax Authority.

How can FinacBooks help in NGO Registration?

Finacbooks is a leading Indian portal providing accounting, finance & taxation services to small businesses. We have more than 10 years of experience in helping individuals provide NGO registration at the least possible price. We will guide you through the entire process of NGO registration. To avail of the best deals on NGO registration, kindly call us at 8800221252, or you can also e-mail us at info@finacbooks.com

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

To begin, you must choose a name and then check to see if it is already registered. If the desired name is not yet registered, you may go to the Registrar to request a Certificate of Incorporation. FinacBooks makes it simple for you to register your Non-Governmental Organization. We handle everything for you, so you don't have to worry about running around during the process.
If you do not wish to establish an NGO, there are other ways to contribute to society. You can form a club or volunteer service, join an existing NGO's local chapter, or even serve as a fiscal sponsor.
Yes, this is true. Government employees and officers may join NGO's as long as the NGO is not anti-government. These individuals must follow a few more requirements: one of which is to ensure that the NGO is not for profit-making.
Yes. After NGO registration, it is suggested that you apply for 80G and 12A registration under the Income Tax Act, 1961. These registrations provide the NGO and its donors with dual tax exemptions.
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