How to track GST through ARN (Application Reference Number)?

Last Updated at: Jan 13, 2021
How to track GST through ARN number
The ARN is a great solution for checking the status without needing to recall all the user information, making it available to everyone.


Want To Track Your GST Application? Do It Easily With the ARN Number.

The tax has always been a burden for the individuals involved in business and trade due to the limitations set by the government. Not just this, the variation in the tax-rates according to the region and states makes the functioning even more complicated. This is used to track the status of the GST registration. Let’s first see the GST Registration & procedure and then see how ARN can be used to track the GST application.


ARN stands for Application Reference Number that is issued immediately after the GST registration form is submitted. It is used to track the status of the GST form until it is finally approved. Even after the confirmation of the enrollment application, the ARN can be used for future transactions at the GST portal.

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How to track the GST with the help of ARN?

Basically, when a taxpayer makes an application for GST registration on the GST portal, the tax authorities verify the details and approves the registration application between 7 to 10 days. 

Since it takes the tax officer time to check details of the application for registration, the taxpayer is given a unique number so that he can check his application’s GST registration online status. This unique number is known as the Application Reference Number (ARN)

The status of the GST enrollment can be tracked online at the GST portal through the following steps:

  • Visit the GST portal. (
  • Log in using the user id and password.
  • After logging in, from the tabs section, click on the ‘services’ tab.
  • Under the ‘services’ tab, click on the ‘registration’ section.
  • A page opens up, with the option of ‘Track Application Status’ option. Click on it.
  • Next, a new page opens up. Enter the ARN and CAPTCHA code mentioned on the screen.
  • After clicking on the ‘submit’ option, a table is displayed, which shows the status of the application.

Types of GST ARN Status

As described above, the process for filing an application for GST registration on the portal involves various stages. You can get the approval status depending on the stage of the GST registration application you are at.
Therefore it will be easy for you to track the status of your GST application if you have an understanding of what these statuses mean.

Goods and Services Tax (GST) is the value-added tax levied on all goods and services that we use within the country. We offer a GST rate finder service that lists out the GST rates of all goods and services that are available in india. This service is also known as the HSN finder.


ARN Generated

To file an application for GST registration, a taxpayer must fill in two parts of the GST REG-01 form which is Part A and Part B. Once the taxpayer fills out details in Part A of GST REG-01, a Temporary Reference Number (TRN) is generated.

This number is used for filling out part B of the GST REG-01 form. If the taxpayer has filled out all the information in Part B, an acknowledgment receipt in the GST REG-2 form will be sent to the taxpayer making such an application along with the Application Reference Number (ARN).

In other words, ARN generated indicates the status of TRN after the taxpayer has submitted the registration application.


Depending on the various stages through which the form is passed, the types of status of the form are as follows:

  • Provisional Status: This means the taxpayer did not file the GST registration form. However, it generates the provisional ID. You need to note that a new taxpayer must first register on the GST portal using the state tax authority’s provisional ID and password issued. Once the registration is completed, GSTIN is issued to the taxpayer on a provisional basis.
  • Pending for verification: The application has been submitted, but the verification of documents has not yet been completed.
  • Validation and Error: It means that the PAN so provided is not correct, and must be rectified at the earliest possible.
  • Migrated: Migrated status implies that the application has been migrated successfully under GST and no more changes can be brought to that application now. Thus, as a result of the successful filing of the GST application, a provisional registration certificate is issued to the taxpayer in Form GST REG-25 containing the Provisional GSTIN.
  • Approved: This means that the application has been approved, and the GSTIN and GST certificate will be provided soon.
  • Rejected/Cancelled: Due to the problems, the application for the GST number has been cancelled. The individual will have to reapply to obtain the GST number after the rectification of the mistakes made on the form and the documents.


Unlike the old methods of offline filling of the form, and going to the respective offices to know the status update, the online modes are quite sorted and easy. These methods allow the individual to fill in their forms quickly with just a few clicks and track the same.

The ARN is an excellent solution to track the status without having to remember all the user details, making it accessible for everyone. You can download the GST certificate online using the GST portal which will be available in PDF format. Remember that you cannot download the GST certificate without entering your login credentials.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. What is the use of TRN?

TRN stands for Temporary Reference Number. In case the individual is unable to fill the complete form at once, the TRN number is provided just after filling the necessary details. All the details in the form are saved and using the TRN, and the application can be further filled and submitted.

  1. Being a taxpayer, how can I track the GST registration status?

The GST registration status can be tracked at various steps using both the TRN and ARN.

  1. Can I supply goods or services or both on invoice mentioning GSTIN?

Yes, you can supply goods or services or both on invoice without mentioning GSTIN/and or ARN number.


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