MCA extends due date of DIR-3KYC / E-KYC of Directors

MCA extends due date of DIR -3KYC / E-KYC of Directors

In order to update the Directors database of The Ministry of Corporate Affairs(MCA), MCA has requested all Directors holding a DIN to complete DIN KYC before 15th September 2018.

To complete DIN KYC, the Director would be required to file a form known as DIR-3 KYC or DIN e-KYC.

The notification issued by Ministry of Corporate Affairs has been reproduced below:



Government of India 


New Delhi, dated 21st August 2018

G.S.R. …… (E).-In exercise of the powers conferred by sections 396,398,399, 403 and 404 read with sub-sections (1) and (2) of section ‘1-69 of the Companies Act, 2013 (18 of 2013), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014, namely:-

  1. (1) These rules may be called the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Fourth Amendment Rules, 2018.
    (2) They shall come into force from the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.
  2. In the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014, in the Annexure, under the head VII, for note below Fee for filing e-form DIR-3 KYC, the following note shall be substituted, namely:-

“for the current financial (2018-2019), no fee shall be chargeable till
the 15th September 2018 and fee of Rs.5000 shall be payable on or after the 16th September 2018”.

[F. No. 01/16/2013 CL-V (Pt-I)]




Purpose of E-form DIR-3 KYC

The main purpose of e-form DIR-3 KYC is to collect the latest information about the directors of all companies. The information to be provided while completing eKYC procedures include Aadhar, PAN, Passport number, address, phone and email. The information submitted must be authenticated by completing one-time-password (OTP) verification and by signing with Digital Signature of Director and a practising Chartered Accountant.


All directors having a DIN as on 31st March of 2018 must file e-form DIR-3 KYC on or before 15th September of 2018. For all Directors who obtained DIN after 31st March, 2018, DIR e-KYC must be filed next year.

Documents Required

The following are the documents required to file E-form DIR-3 KYC:

  • PAN Card for identity proof
  • Aadhar Card for address proof
  • Recent passport size photographs
  • Personal Mobile Number and E-mail ID of director for OTP Verification
  • Digital Signature Certificate of the director (DSC) that must be registered on MCA Portal
  • Passport (if the person holds a foreign citizenship)

Certifying Authority

The E-form DIR-3 KYC has to be duly certified by the Practicing Chartered Accountant (PCA), Practicing Company Secretary (PCS) or Practicing Cost Accountant.


If the DIN holders do not file DIR-3, the MCA will mark them as deactivated. If the DIN holder files e-form DIR-3 KYC after 31st August 2018, a fee of Rs. 5,000 will be charged.

Time Limit

All directors to whom DIN has been allocated as of March 2018, the e-form DIR-3 KYC has to be filed by September 15, 2018. Originally, the MCA had provided a due date of 31st August which was subsequently changed to 15th September.


Updating the KYC of all directors by MCA

As part of updating its registry, MCA would be conducting KYC of all Directors of all companies annually through a new eform viz. DIR-3 KYC to be notified and deployed shortly.

Accordingly, every Director who has been allotted DIN on or before 31st March, 2018 and whose DIN is in ‘Approved’ status, would be mandatorily required to file form DIR-3 KYC on or before 31st August,2018.

While filing the form,the Unique Personal Mobile Number and Personal Email ID would have to be mandatorily indicated and would be duly verified by One Time Password(OTP).

The form should be filed by every Director using his own DSC and should be duly certified by a practicing professional (CA/CS/CMA).

Filing of DIR-3 KYC would be mandatory for Disqualified Directors also.

After expiry of the due date by which the KYC form is to be filed,the MCA21 system will mark all approved DINs (allotted on or before 31st March 2018) against which DIR-3 KYC form has not been filed as ‘Deactivated’ with reason as ‘Non-filing of DIR-3 KYC’.

After the due date filing of DIR-3 KYC in respect of such deactivated DINs shall be allowed upon payment of a specified fee only, without prejudice to any other action that may be taken.


Market regulator Sebi is readying a framework for issuance of participatory notes (p-notes) from international financial services centres such as GIFT City. It is in talks with FPIs, which act as issuers of p-notes, sources said. The move comes at a time when Indian bourses have terminated licensing of indices and data-feed agreements with their foreign counterparts. This will force overseas investors to either invest directly or come through GIFT City to trade in Indian securities.

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) is readying a framework for issuance of participatory notes (p-notes) from the international financial services centres (IFSCs) such as GIFT City. P-notes are derivative instruments that allow overseas investors to invest in a domestic security without having to directly register with Sebi. The market regulator is in talks with foreign portfolio investors (FPIs), which act as issuers of P-notes, according to sources.

The move comes at a time when Indian bourses, including the National Stock Exchange (NSE), have terminated licensing of indices and data-feed agreements with their foreign counterparts.

The snapping of ties will force overseas investors, which use platforms like the Singapore Exchange (SGX) to trade in Indian securities, to either invest directly or come through GIFT City.

GIFT City is designed like an offshore trading platform with low transaction cost. Know-your-customer (KYC) documentation for p-notes issued from the IFSC would have to adhere to anti-money laundering laws, sources privy to the development said. The regulator, however, is expected to do away with strict trading restrictions on these instruments.

At present, no p-note subscriber is allowed to take a derivatives position in

■ Sebi to soon come up with a framework for issuance of p-notes from IFSC, Gujarat

■ The KYC documentation for p-notes from IFSC is likely to be on parwith p-notes issued by on-shore FPIs

■ However, Sebi is expected to relax the trading restrictions on p-notes issued from IFSC

■ On-shore subscribers of pnotes are not allowed to take any position in the Indian derivatives market

■ Indian stock exchanges recently terminated

the market for any other purpose apart from hedging. Also, there are restrictions on transfer of p-notes from one investor to another. According to experts, since the IFSC is a typical offshore destination where only derivatives are traded, Sebi is open to a less-stringent licensing of indices and data-feed agreements with foreign bourses

■ FPIs looking to invest in India can either invest directly or through the IFSC GIFT City, which offers tax benefits and liabilities

“Sebi recently conducted a meeting with some of the big FPIs that had sought the regulator’s permission to issue p-notes from the IFSC. The idea was to provide an entry to those investors who had lost trading opportunity due to the closing of offshore derivatives trading platforms like the SGX,” said another source privy to the development.

There was still a huge appetite among global funds for instruments such as p-notes because these did not amount to direct exposure, experts said. Despite the high KYC requirement, pnotes are still handy for investors that do not want to have a direct exposure to the Indian market due to restrictive laws in their own countries. P-notes also offer a cost advantage for funds that invest a marginal amount of their portfolio in Indian securities.

“The initial rules for p-note issuance from the IFSC could be much simpler with fewer restrictions on issuers since the whole concept was at an evolutionary stage. Once the instruments gain traction, the regulators concerned could consider tightening rules further,” said Tejesh Chitlangi, partner, IC Legal Universal.

The share of p-notes in total FPI investment has gone down significantly in the last decade with Indian regulators cracking down on their misuse. A decade ago, p-notes accounted for half of total FPI inflows. Now they just account for just 3.7 per cent.

Sebi in 2016 tightened KYC norms for p-notes. P-note issuers were asked to follow Indian anti-money laundering rules. Sebi also made it mandatory for FPIs to disclose the end beneficiary of Pnote subscribers.

Source: Press Reader