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GST Registration Certificate- A Comprehensive Overview

GST Registration Certificate- A Comprehensive Overview

Under the Goods and Services Tax (GST), businesses with revenue over the threshold of Rs. 40 lakh, Rs. 20 lakh, or Rs. 10 lakh, depending on the circumstances, must register as ordinary taxable individuals. We refer to it as GST registration. It is required for some firms to register under the GST. It is illegal for the organisation to operate without registering for GST, and there will be severe consequences. In this article, we will explain the process of obtaining a GST registration certificate.


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Meaning of GST Certificate

A GST Registration Certificate, also known as a GSTIN Certificate, is an official document issued by a nation's tax authorities that certifies a business entity's registration for the Value Added Tax (VAT) or Goods and Services Tax (GST) system. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a consumption-based tax system that is implemented in numerous nations worldwide for the provision of goods and services. Important details regarding the registered business are contained in the GST Registration Certificate, such as:

  • GST Identification Number (GSTIN)

  • Legal name of the business

  • Trade name

  • Principal place of business address

  • Nature of business

  • Date of GST registration

  • The validity period during which the registration is valid

  • Category of Registration (such as regular, composition scheme, etc)

  • Details of authorized signatory

  • Jurisdictional details

A registered firm needs to have the GST Registration Certificate because it is evidence of their lawful adherence to tax regulations. It's frequently necessary for a number of business procedures, including opening a bank account, getting specific licenses, and bidding on government contracts. To promote openness and ease tax compliance, businesses are usually obliged to display their GSTIN on their invoices, websites, and other official documents. In addition, as it can be needed for regulatory and tax audits, the certificate needs to be stored in a secure location that is easily accessible.

Different Types of GST Registration

The GST Act allows for many kinds of GST registration. Before choosing the right one, you need to be informed of the various forms of GST registration. The various GST Registration kinds are as follows:

Normal Taxpayer: This is the case for the majority of Indian enterprises. To become a regular taxpayer, there is no deposit required. Additionally, there is no expiration date for taxpayers in this group.

Casual Taxable Person: Those who would like to open a temporary store or booth may select this option. You have to deposit an advance payment equal to the anticipated GST liability during the period that the stall or seasonal shop is open. The GST registration process for this category takes three months, and it can be extended or renewed. 

Composition Taxpayer: If you want to get the GST Composition Scheme, apply for this. Under this category, a flat deposit is required. This category does not allow for the Input Tax Credit.

Non-Resident Taxable Person: Choose this kind of GST registration if you are based outside of India yet sell items to people who reside there. You have to pay a deposit equal to the anticipated GST liability while the GST registration is active, just like with the Casual Taxable Person type.

Who Should Obtain GST Registration?

  • People registered under the laws before the GST (such as excise, VAT, service tax, etc.) 

  • Companies with annual revenue of more than Rs. 40 lakh, Rs. 20 lakh, or Rs. 10 lakh, depending on the situation

  • Non-resident taxable person or casual taxable person 

  • Distributors of input services and agents of suppliers

  • Individuals making tax payments through the reverse charge system 

  • Any individual providing online information and database access or retrieval services from a location outside of India to an individual in India, excluding registered taxable persons

  • Anybody supplying via an e-commerce aggregator

  • Casual taxable person/non-resident taxable person

Validity Period of GST Registration Certificate

If the applicant completes their registration application within thirty days after being liable for GST, the certificate of GST registration will be valid from the date of liable status. If not, the CGST Rules 9(1), 9(3), and 9(5) govern validity, which starts on the day the certificate is granted. If an application is subject to an officer's delay as defined by CGST Rule 9(5), the officer is required to provide the signed registration certificate to the applicant within the three working day timeframe specified by the same subrule. If granted to every normal taxpayer, the certificate has no expiration date. The GST registration is still in effect as long as it isn't revoked or surrendered. The registration certificate for a casual taxable person expires after ninety days because the GST registration is only valid for that long. By the conclusion of the validity period, the taxpayer may, nevertheless, renew or extend its validity.

How to Get a GST Registration Certificate

Anyone who qualifies can apply for GST registration on the GST portal by using the web browser to access The registration will be authorised following the appropriate officer's thorough review of the application. If the application was received within thirty days of that date, the registration will take effect on the date that liability for registration arises. On the other hand, if the submission is postponed, the GST registration becomes active on the day it is granted. It is possible that later on, bank account details will be submitted. Under no circumstances may they submit later than the sooner of the two deadlines, which are 45 days from the date of registration grant or the deadline for filing the return using form GSTR-3B.

Downloading GST Certificate Online: Step-by-Step Process

You can obtain the certificate in Form GST REG-06 via the GST portal if you are currently a registered taxpayer. It can only be downloaded on the GST portal; a physical certificate is not issued by the government. The steps to download the GST Registration Certificate in Form GST REG-06 are as follows:

Step 1: Log in to the GST Portal. 

Step 2: Select "View/Download Certificate" under "Services" > "User Services." 

Step 3: Select the icon labelled "Download." 

Step 4: Print off the PDF document that you just opened and opened. 

Step 5: Put the printed certificate on display at all of your locations of business in Utah or the State.

Steps to Modify GST Registration Certificate

The entity must take the steps listed below to modify the details as specified in the aforementioned points: 

Step 1: Go to Services > Registration > Modification of Registration Core Fields after logging into the GST portal.

Step 2: Send in Form GST REG-14 with the required modifications and any supporting documentation. 

Step 3: The process for altering information can be completed if the application is granted after verification in a maximum of 15 days, otherwise the GST Officer may reject it. 

Step 4: If such modifications are denied, the officer may request information in Form GST REG-03 or offer approval in Form GST REG-15.

Step 5: The entity must provide the additional information in Form REG-04 within 7 days if the officer requests it through Form GST REG-03. 

Step 6: Following verification of the information provided, the officer can either approve the modifications as in Step 3 or deny the amendment request by releasing Form GST REG-05.

What Changes Can Be Made in GST Registration Certificate?

If specific data that was previously filed is inaccurate or entered in error, the assessee can amend any such information, etc. The following changes can be made to the GST registration certificate:

  • Name of the company, which does not require a change in PAN

  • Principal place of business

  • Additional Place of Business

  • Modifications to "Annexure B" concerning the Person in Charge of the Enterprise, such as Additions, Retirements of Directors or Partners, Managing Director, etc. 

  • Modifying an approved cell phone number or email address; this can be accomplished via the site with a straightforward OTP verification

Penalties for Non-Compliance

Certain firms must register for GST, and it is against the law for an organisation to conduct business without a GST registration. A penalty equal to 10% of the tax amount owed, subject to a minimum of Rs.10,000, must be paid by an offender who fails to pay taxes or makes short payments (sincere mistakes). If the offender has purposefully avoided paying taxes, the penalty will be 100% of the tax amount owed. Taxpayers must obtain a GST certificate on time to prevent these penalties by ensuring compliance.


The eleven-step, laborious GST registration process requires the submission of several business details and scanned documents. While there are no costs specified by the GST law for registering for GST on your own using the GST portal, you have the option of using expert Services, in which case a professional will help you with all aspects of GST Registration.


Q1. What is a GST Registration Certificate?

An official document issued by the tax authorities that certifies a business entity's registration for the Value Added Tax (VAT) or Goods and Services Tax (GST) system is called a GST Registration Certificate.

Q2. Who needs to get a GST Registration Certificate?

According to tax legislation, any company or individual who supplies goods or services and meets the required turnover levels must register for GST. 

Q3. Is GST Registration mandatory for all businesses?

No, the GST requirement follows the turnover criterion and other particular requirements established by the tax authorities in your nation govern registration. Small companies might not need to register.

Q4. What information is given on a GST Registration Certificate?

The legal and trade names of the company, the address of the principal place of business, the nature of the business, the date of registration, the validity period, the category of registration, the authorised signatory's details, and jurisdictional information are all typically included on a GST Registration Certificate.

Q5. What is the process to apply for a GST Registration Certificate?

Each jurisdiction has a different application procedure for a GST Registration Certificate. Generally speaking, you must fill out an online application using the official tax department portal and attach the necessary paperwork.

Q6. How long can I expect to wait to get a GST Registration Certificate?

Each jurisdiction has a different processing time for a GST Registration Certificate. It may take a few days or many weeks, depending on the policies of the local tax authorities.

Q7.  What happens if I do not get a GST Registration Certificate when needed?

Failure to get the required GST Registration Certificate may incur fines and legal ramifications, such as the inability to submit a claim for input tax credits.

Q8. Can I obtain multiple GST registrations within a specific state?

A company can file for as many GST registrations as necessary inside a state. For the convenience of businesses, the process of assigning separate GST registrations solely to various business verticals within a state has been eliminated. 

Q9. What if the GST registration application is rejected?

An applicant will have the opportunity to respond to the rejection letter if they discover that their application for GST registration was denied. It will take roughly ten days for them to receive a final refusal if they choose to submit a fresh application for GST registration.

Q10. Do I need the PAN card to register under GST?

To receive GST registration, a PAN card is required. Except for TDS registration under GST, which is permitted with a TAN, applicants for GST registration must first obtain a PAN card if they do not already have one.

Q11. What happens after obtaining the GST registration?

The taxpayer will receive a GST registration certificate in Form GST REG-06 and a valid GST Identification Number upon successfully completing the GST registration process. Input tax credit will be available, invoices must be GST-compliant, and monthly or quarterly GST returns must be filed, depending on the situation. 

Q12. Is GST registration free?

Yes, you can register for GST online at nil charges.

Q13. What is the deadline for GST registration?

After meeting the requirements, a business that has to register for GST must apply for registration within 30 days. Casual taxpayers and non-resident taxpayers need to register for GST before forming a firm.


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