What is Director Identification Number (DIN)

By Trademark Bazaar - 5th September 2017

What is Director Identification Number (DIN)

This article is related to the meaning of DIN and the purpose behind its introduction.

Director identification number is the unique Identification Number allotted to an individual who is appointed as director of a company. Further, the proposed director is required to make an application in form DIR-3 pursuant to section 153 & 154 of the Companies Act, 2013.

Central Government (Office of Regional Director (Northern Region), Ministry of Corporate Affairs) allots the DIN upon processing the form DIR-3 filed by the applicant. Further, the person who is appointed as a director upon filing form INC-29 will be issued a DIN by the approving authority (Central Registration Centre).

Purpose of DIN

Earlier there were several cases of forgery wherein the chit funds companies promised its residents incomparable returns, then escaped with their money to another city. These companies could not be traced due to the absence of the mechanism to keep a track record of the director’s.

To overcome this problem, the government introduced the concept of Director Identification Number. This number provides a unique identity to the director and helps in maintaining information of all directors in a database. Further, it helps to cross-check such persons and to ensure the director’s identity is valid and all information provided is true.

The DIN directory will contain all information regarding the directors, such as their name, PAN number and also their present address.

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