Section 8 Company

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Any not for profit organization or an NGO can register itself as a trust by executing a trust deed or as a society under the Registrar of Societies, or as a not-for-profit company under Section 8 Company of the Companies Act, 2013. A Section 8 Company is a special entity and the same as a Section 25 company under The Old Companies Act, 1956. Under The New Companies Act 2013, Section 25 Companies have now been renamed as a Section 8 Company.

As per section 8(1a, 1b, 1c) of the Companies Act, 2013, “A Section 8 company can be established for the promotion of commerce, art, science, sports, education, research, social welfare, religion, charity, protection of environment or any such other object”. The Act further clarifies that the Section 8 companies can pursue the above motives, subject to the condition that it “Intends to apply the profits, if any, or other income in promoting its objects and intends to prohibit the payment of any dividend to its members”. In simpler words, a Section 8 Company has to endorse a public cause and the proceeds created by the entity have to be solely used to support the stated public cause(s).


Documents Checklist


To have your business registered as a Section 8 company, the following documents are to be furnished with digital signatures of the concerned parties.

  • Application for Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)
  • INC-9 Declaration by the Director and Shareholders
  • INC-15 Declaration by the Director and Shareholders
  • Consent to Act as Director: Form DIR-2
  • Details of DIN
  • Declaration of DIN (If DIN is allotted previously)
  • Address Proof: Electricity bill / Tax Paid receipt
  • No objection letter from the owner of the company property if leased

Shareholders and Directors have to submit their identity proof and latest address proof

  • Acceptable Documents
  • Primary ID: Permanent Account Number (PAN) (Mandatory in case of Indian Nationals) PASSPORT (Mandatory in case of Foreign Nationals)
  • Additional ID: Aadhaar Card or Driving License or Passport or Voter ID
  • Latest Address Proof: Telephone Bill, electricity bill, bank statement or bank passbook with the latest entry not older than 60 days

The following documents may be required for registration on a case to case circumstance:

  • NOC for the usage of a brand name from its trademark owner
  • Resolution and NOC from an existing Company / LLP for the use of a name similar to their company
  • Declaration for complying with sectoral regulatory compliance

The stakeholders need to apply for the Certificate of Commencement of Business within a period of 180 days of receiving the Certificate of Incorporation.

Procedure of Incorporation

The registration of a Private Limited Company and Section 8 Company are very similar. A minimum of 2 Directors is needed to incorporate a Section 8 company. One of the Directors has to be an Indian Citizen and an Indian Resident, whereas one or more than one person acting as the Director can be an Indian National or a Foreign National. In addition to the required number of members, the address of a registered office in India itself would be needed for the registration of a Section 8 Company. Finally, the Section 8 company would be subject to the following terms and conditions, stating that it.