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How to Check If a Company Has Been Registered

Are you wondering if a particular company is really registered or is just operating under the guise of official registration? Lucky for you we’ve made the process of investigating whether or not a company has been registered by the MCA or not. Keep reading to learn more.

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The internet and other modern forms of communication have made it easier and less expensive for any operation to appear legitimate. This means we must be cautious about who we do business with and know if a company has been registered or is just operating under the guise.

Fortunately, the internet also allows us to quickly determine whether a specific company has been registered, who its owners are, and, if necessary, you can even pay a small fee to receive a company’s ROC filings. 

So, how do you go about doing this? All you have to do is go to the website of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

Significance of CIN

 CIN is an abbreviation for the Corporate Identity Number (CIN), also known as the Corporate Registration Number (CRN). It is a unique 21-digit alpha-numeric identification number assigned by the ROC in different states under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA). When a company is formed, the pertaining ROC issues a Certificate of Incorporation, which includes the company’s approved name as well as a unique Corporate Identity Number. This number is required for all types of corporate entities registered in India. This means that no company can function without a CIN.

In addition to this, only one CIN is issued to a registered company. This means that no additional CIN’s are assigned to the company’s branches, manufacturing units, or warehouses. To put it another way, a company is assigned a single CIN, and all of its branches or manufacturing units must use the same number for all its official transactions and communications.

On 30 June 2020, the apex board of Consulting Engineers CEAI advised the government to require the Indian Consulting Engineers Companies registration under the MSME category to be gained from the numerous benefits proposed for the industry.

Information Contained in the CIN

Generally speaking, a company’s CIN contains four crucial pieces of information about a company. They are 

  1. Year of incorporation (example: 2016)
  2. State code (example: KL – Kerala)
  3. Type of company (example: PTC – private limited)
  4. Listing status (example: U – unlisted)

This basic information can also be found on the certificate of incorporation.

How to Find the CIN Details of a Company

A company’s CIN can be found on the MCA’s portal through a search based on:

  1. ROC registration number
  2. Existing company name
  3. Company name prior to change  (in case there is a change in the name of the company, users are required to enter the old name of the company. 
  4. Inactive CIN (In case there is a change in the CIN of a company, users are required to enter the prior inactive CIN )

How to Check If a Company Has Been Registered with the MCA

On the Ministry of Corporate Affairs’ website, you can check if a particular company exists under a given name and even have a look at its master data. 

Step 1 – Visit the MCA website.

Step 2 – Click on the ‘MCA Services’ tab. In the drop-down select ‘View Company/LLP Master Data’.

Step 3 – Enter the company name and CIN. Enter the captcha code. Click on ‘Submit’.

The master data will tell you when the company was incorporated, how much capital it has paid up and who its directors are and when they were appointed. You can do this for any Indian company. 

For example, here is the data for ANI Technologies Private Limited, or, as you know it, OLA.

How to Check a Company’s Secured Loan Particulars on the MCA Portal

What else can you do, you ask? Well, you can also check if an entity has taken any secured loan from a bank by searching here. For example, here is the partial data for the previously operational entity Kingfisher Airlines Limited:


The Takeaway – How to Check If a Company Has Been Registered

Did you know that there is a strict penalty for operating as a company without a CIN? Hence, it’s better to stay on the right side of the law. Do your duty as a citizen and incorporate your company the right way. Get in touch with the experts at Vakilsearch to know more!

Moreover, the procedure of obtaining a company registration number (CIN) can be made hassle-free and pocket-friendly, when you engage the services of online legal service providers such as Vakilsearch. However, opting for any run of the mill legal service provider is not advisable. Engage the professional and knowledgeable legal consultants from Vakilsearch, who  have specialised expertise in company incorporation.

What’s more is that, our experts will assist you in collecting and collating all the  needed documentation and paperwork, they will also manage all the  official correspondence on your behalf to ensure the quick and efficient processing of your company’s CIN. Get us on your team today!


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