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What Does ARN Mean to Check GST Registration Status?

In this article, you will learn about the meaning of ARN and how to check the status of GST registration.

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When a taxpayer successfully submits a GST registration application on the official GST Portal, an ARN or Application Reference Number is generated. The taxpayer can check the status of their GST registration or ARN. In this article, we will know the meaning of ARN and how you can check the GST registration status of the same. 

What is the Application Reference Number (ARN)?

ARN is an abbreviation for Application Reference Number. After a taxpayer successfully submits their GST registration application on the GST (Goods and Services Tax) portal, the ARN number is usually generated automatically. 

When submitting an enrolment application on the GSTN (Goods and Services Tax Network) portal, ARN must be electronically signed or contain a Certificate of Digital Signature. A GST Registration Application is prepared 15 days after it is submitted through the GST portal.

Every taxpayer receives a distinct ARN. It is official evidence that the taxpayer applied for GST registration on the GSTN portal and was successful. As a result, the ARN number has significant value, and taxpayers must keep it secure because it can be used for reasons other than checking the GST ARN status.

ARN Format

The format of ARN is as follows: 

  • ARN is a 15-digit alpha-numeric code, with the first two codes being alphabets
  • The next two digits are the state code
  • The following four codes represent the month and year
  • The six digits after that are the unique system-generated number
  • The final code displays the checksum digit

A typical ARN, for example, will have the following format: AA 01 02 20 000000 1

Considerations Before Checking GST Registration Status – GST ARN Status

If you want to check your GST registration status, you must have the following documents on hand:

  • List of directors or partners, along with identification and address proof. It has been very important to mention that you are conducting business through a partnership or incorporation.
  • Memorandum of Association (MOA) / Articles of Association (AOA), Certificate of Incorporation, and Deed of Partnership 
  • A business organisation or individual PAN card
  • A cancelled bank account cheque includes the account holder’s name, IFSC code, MICR, and bank branch information.
  • A feature and document of the business area is either a rent agreement or an electricity bill.

Checking GST Registration Status – GST ARN Status

The steps outlined below will help taxpayers quickly check their GST registration status or GST ARN status on the GSTN portal.

  • Simply open a web browser and navigate to the official website
  • The GST portal is accessible through supported web browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer.
  • Click the Services menu on the GST portal’s homepage, then under Registration, click Track Application Status.
  • You will be guided to the Status page to Track the Application, where you must enter the ARN issued during GST registration. To proceed further, enter the ARN and click the Search button.

Note: If the page contains a Captcha code, enter it into the text box to verify it.

  • The status of your Application ARN will be displayed on the screen.

Note: Please ensure that your Application ARN status details will also be sent to your registered phone number and e-mail address.


GST Tracking Number Status 

When an applicant monitors the ARN status, there are six likely outcomes, which are as follows:

  • GST Officer Assigned Form

This ARN Status appears when the GST application is assigned or offered to the GST officer for processing and approval. It is important to remember that this status does not imply that your GST Registration application has been cancelled.

  • Pending Clarification

The above-mentioned ARN status appears when the GST officer requests clarification on the filed GST Registration application. In this case, the applicant must submit or provide the clarification via the GST Portal soon.

  • Clarification Requested – Order Pending

This status is displayed when the applicant files a clarification in response to the GST Officer’s concerns. However, the approval has been put on hold by the GST officer.

  • Clarification not filed – Order pending

This ARN status is assigned when the applicant fails to provide the clarification to the GST officer within the time frame specified. Furthermore, the relevant GST officer may reject the applicant’s GST registration application.

  • Application Approved 

If you receive this status after tracking it, the GST Officer has accepted your GST registration application. Once this status is displayed, the applicant will receive a GST identification number (GSTIN) and a GST registration certification.

  • Rejected Application

This ARN status is displayed when the GST officer rejects or disapproves of the GST Registration application. If applicants wish to register for GST, they must resubmit the GST Registration form. Taxpayers can track the progress of their application for GST registration on the GST portal and take appropriate action based on the ARN status.

Other Factors to Consider

  • Apart from what we have mentioned in this article, there are a few additional factors to consider when checking the GST Application ARN status on the portal of GST. 
  • If a taxpayer has received the Application Reference Number (ARN), they should be an option to access the Provisional Registration Certificate from the GST portal’s Download Certificates section.
  • A taxpayer saves the enrolment form with all details but doesn’t submit it with Digital Signature Certificate, EVC, and e-Sign. The ARN will be sent to their registered e-mail address if the validation fails. If the validation fails, the taxpayer can log back into the portal and correct the errors. The error details can be obtained via registered e-mail.
  • A taxpayer who has completed the enrolment form may log in to the GST portal on the date mentioned above and complete the remaining form.
  • If an existing taxpayer wishes to sign up under GST, they may submit a new registration application through the GST portal.


This article discusses the ARN and how it helps to check the GST status using the registration number. We have also mentioned other factors that should be considered when checking the GST applications ARN status on the official GST portal. You can refer to this article on Vakilsearch for detailed information regarding ARN on GST registration in the future. 

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