NGO Registration

Last Updated at: Oct 06, 2020
Latest Update

The MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) recently suspended FCRA licenses of around 13 NGOs. This was done after they were found allegedly indulging in “religious conversion” activities in tribal areas of the country. Without the FCRA licenses, the NGOs will not be able to receive any foreign funding.

NGO Registration


  1. What is an NGO?

  2. What are the various types of NGOs?

  3. NGO Registration process of varied types

  4. Benefits of NGO registration

  5. What all documents are required for NGO registration?

  6. FAQs

What is an NGO?

NGOs are Non Governmental Organizations that work for the benefit of Society. They fight against the ills of society and work towards the creation of a better world by protecting the rights of the underprivileged people. There can be several reasons for the opening of NGOs like working towards the environmental cause, protecting the society, animal rights, welfare of kids, development work, etc.

If you want to start an NGO in India, then you need to go for the detailed NGO registration process, which we will be highlighting ahead in the article. The process for NGO registration is now simplified, you can now go for NGO registration online. The procedure is simple and all you need is to have all the required documents handy with you. You need to upload the same while doing NGO registration online.

What are the various types of NGO?

The profit earned by the NGOs is not distributed among members of the NGO. Rather, it is used for the benefit of society by helping those who are in need. There are three ways to set up an NGO in India:

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

    1. Trust

    One of the ways of Non-Governmental Organization registration is trust. NGOs registered as trust work towards the eradication of poverty, providing education help and medical relief to the ones who need it. Trusts are irrevocable. National rules and regulations are not applicable to trusts, but states like Gujarat and Maharashtra have a public trust which gauges the work of NGOs.

Pre-requisites of forming a trust:

  1.     Trust’s Name
  2.     Name of at least 2 trustees
  3.     Trust’s address
  4.     The mission statement of the Trust
  5.     Property of the Trust
  6.     One settler of the Trust

The following is the NGO registration process for a Trust:

  1. To begin the registration process, you need to fill the registration form and other details.
  2. Collect all the prerequisites of the NGO
  3. Compilation of Trust Deed
  4. Registration of Trust Deed
  5. Finally, NGO gets registered

 2. Society

The second way of NGO registration is as a Society. This is a member-based organization that functions as a charitable body—Societies fall under the Indian law, Society Registration Act, 1860.

For successful NGO registration as Society, you would need the following:

  1. MOA
  2. Regulations and Rules of the Society

While forming MOA, you would need to fulfill the following 6 clauses:

  1. Name
  2. Domicile
  3. Liability
  4. Objects
  5. Capital
  6. Subscription

The following is the NGO registration format for Society:

  1. You need to complete the NGO registration form
  2. The next step is the compilation of all the details
  3. Preparing the MOA
  4. Forming the rules of the NGO
  5. Finally, the NGO gets registered

3. Section 8 Companies

There is also a provision of NGO registration as Section 8 Companies. The good part is that you can go for NGO registration online. If you register your NGO as Section 8 company, then this works for the betterment of society. They work towards the promotion of arts, charity, religion, and things that promote the betterment of society.

Make your NGO more legal now

The following is the NGO registration format for Section 8 Companies:

  1. Start with filling the Section 8 Form.
  2. You need to get the Digital Signature and DIN of directors of the Section 8 company. With this, you also need to get the name approval of your company.
  3. Next is the verification and name approval, which takes 2 days. 
  4. Following this, you need to apply for the license and COI of Section 8 Company.
  5. Once the verification is complete; your Section 8 Company is ready for operations. 

The good thing is that you can go for NGO registration online. You can do it yourself or seek the help of a legal firm in assisting you with the registration process.

Click here: How To Register NGOs In India?

Benefits of NGO registration

Registering as NGO brings with it many benefits, a few of them are mentioned below:

  1. NGOs registered as trust can get land from the government
  2. There are several tax benefits like the Income Tax Act
  3. 80G Certificate benefit
  4. The benefit of entertainment tax and service tax

Click here to know more in detail: Why Should You Go For Registering An NGO?

What all documents are required for NGO registration?

You would need the following forms:

  1. INC1- For name registration
  2. INC12- Form for the license to run the NGO
  3. INC13- MOA
  4. INC 15- Declaration by each subscriber to the MOA
  5.  INC7- Application for applying for NGO
  6. INC 22- Details of registered address
  7.  DIR 12- Form to appoint directors of the NGO

Besides these forms, you would need the following :

  • Request letter for registration  signed by all the members
  • Certified copy of Memorandum of Association
  • A copy of rules and regulations of the Non Governmental Organization
  • Name, address, and occupation of all the members along with signature
  • Declaration by the President of Society
  • Confirmed affidavit of the President Address proof of the registered office and NOC certificate from the landlord.

Also read: Types Of NGO Registration


  1. Is there a need to own an office property to start the NGO?

You can start the NGO in the rented office; for this, you will need the NOC from the landlord.

2. I am a government employee, can I become a trustee?

Yes, you can become a trustee.

3. Is it possible for an NRI to become a trustee of an Indian NGO?

There is no restriction on an NRI becoming a trustee.

4. Are there any NGO registration fees?

Yes, there is a certain amount that you need to deposit a certain amount as an NGO registration fee. As per the government’s portal, one needs to deposit Rs. 2000 for urban areas and Rs. 1000 for the rural areas.