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CIN stands for Corporate Identity Number. It is a unique identification number provided to all companies listed in Registrar of Companies (ROCs) under Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), Govt. of India. After formation of a company, concerned ROC issues a certificate containing this unique Corporate Identity Number (CIN No. or CIN Code) along with its approved name.
CIN is mandatory for all types of companies registered in India
When a Company gets registered in India, be it an Indian Company, whether Public Company (listed or unlisted) or a Private Company or even a Foreign Company having place of business in India, it is mandatory for all types of companies registered in India to procure a CIN number.
As per Ministry of Corporate affairs (MCA), it has been made mandatory from 01/04/2014 (Notification date 26th March 2014) to provide CIN number in all its business letters, bill-heads, letter papers and in all its notices and other official publications.
How many digits does CIN contain & its structure?
CIN is of 21 digits, below is the detail of the CIN structure.
Sample – U25209MH2011PLC090868
|Digit No.||What it Shows||Remarks|
|1st digit||Listing status||If Company is Listed, it will start with ‘L ‘and if Company is not Listed, it will start with ‘U’|
|Next 5 digits||Industry code||Digits represent the economic activity of the company|
|Next 2 digits||State code||I.e. MH for Maharashtra.|
|Next 4 digits||Year of incorporation||I.e. for company formed in Calendar Year 2011, it will be 2011.|
|Next 3 digits||Ownership||PLC for Public Limited Company PTC for Private Limited Company.|
|Last 6 digits||ROC reg.||i.e. 090868 for ROC- Mumbai i.e. 090633 for ROC- KOLKATA|