How to Apply for GST Number in India

Want to know About GST


The Government of India has made registration under GST mandatory for any person/company that wants to supply goods or services across the country and falls under the GST bracket. It should be noted that the process of GST registration is entirely paperless and simple. But still, a lot of individuals and SME owners seem puzzled over the same question – “How to apply for a GST number in India?”

We have previously discussed who should register for GST in our article “What is the process of Online GST registration in India”. Keeping in mind that you have already checked your need to be registered under GST, this article will help you apply for a GST number, in an easy-to-understand manner.

Important Steps on How to Apply for GST Number in India

Generating the GST Application Form:

To apply for a GST number in India, you would need to generate the GST application form first. Here is how you can do this:

1. Log on to the online GST portal and select Services> Registration>New Registration.

2. Fill in the basic detailsasked for and submit the form.

3. OTP will be sent to your registeredmobile number and e-mail ID that you provided in the previous step.

4. A Temporary Reference Number (TRN) will be generated

5. Now, repeat the process of registration as in step 1, but select Temporary Reference Number (TRN) radio button instead of New Registration.

6. An OTP will be sent to you after you provide the TRN and captcha code, fill it in the next step.

7. Move on to My Saved Application. This should be filled in and submitted within 15 days. Click on the Edit icon to fill in all the details.

8. Keep the list of documents below handy when you fill in the details. :

a. ID, address proof &photographs of Proprietor/Directors/Partners/Karta/other authorised person
b. Bank account statement or cancelled cheque of the applicant
c. PAN of the applicant
d. Proof of the place of business – Rent / Lease / Sub-lease Agreement / Consent Letter by the owner & No objection Letter from the owner (in case of other than owned premises as place of business)
e. Certificate of the Constitution of the tax payer – especially corporate entities
f. Authorisation letter or resolution empowering the authorised person to make registration in case of corporate entity/non-individual entity
g. At least Class II DSC of the authorised signatory in case of corporate entities.

9. Verify your information with digital signature (DSC), E-signature, or EVC.

10. An Application Reference Number (ARN) will be sent to your registered mobile number and e-mail ID on completion. You can track the status of the application on the GST portal from Services>Registration>Track Application.

And Your GSTIN is here!

11. After the status of your application changes to Approved, you will receive an intimation message on your registered mobile number and e-mail ID that your GSTIN (GST Identification Number) has been generated. The message will contain a temporary user name (GSTIN) and password for one-time login.

12. Log in to the GST portal with the temporary credentials; you would be asked to change your username on your very first login. That would be your GSTIN.

You would be able to download your registration certificate within 3-5 days. And that’s all you need to know on how to apply for a GST number in India. Simple process! Isn’t it? But just in case you are finding it difficult to go through the entire process by yourself, the Government of India has got you covered. It has appointed several GSPs (GST Suvidha Providers) to help you with all the aspects of GST registration, compliance, and filing. Vayana GSP is one of the authorised GSPs in India, and the experts here are happy to help! So, ask your questions, get assistance with GST registration, be GST-compliance, and file your returns effortlessly.