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GST Registration Certificate – How to Download it from the GST Portal?

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GST registration certificate is a valid document for proof of getting registered under GST in India. Any business in India whose turnover exceeds the threshold limit for GST registration is required to get registered under GST.  There are also certain businesses which need to mandatorily get registered under GST such as casual taxable persons, non-resident taxable persons, etc.

What is GST Registration Certificate and use?

Every taxpayer who has successfully registered under GST is issued a GST registration certificate in form GST REG-06. The registration certificate is available for downloading only on the GST Portal, and the government does not issue any physical certificate. The type of taxpayers include regular, TDS and TCS applicants under GST, Those who are liable to obtain unique Identity Number under Section 25(9) of the CGST Act, non-residents including those that are providing OIDAR services, and the taxpayers who migrated from the pre-GST laws.

The taxpayer is required to display this certificate at his primary place of business, as well as other additional places of business listed in the Form GST REG-06. This is laid down in CGST Rule 18 and any failure can attract a penalty of upto Rs.25,000.

The certificate does not have any timelimit for expiry if issued to all the regular taxpayers. As long as the GST registration is valid and not surrendered or cancelled, it remains valid. For a casual taxable person, since the GST registration remains valid for a maximum of ninety days, the registration certificate turns invalid after that. However, the taxpayer can extend its validity or renew by the end of the validity period.

Whenever there is any amendment to the GST registration particulars, the GST portal allows the taxpayer or user to download the fresh GST registration certificate with the amended particulars.

 

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Contents of a GST Registration Certificate

The GST registration certificate contains a main certificate along with two Annexures- A and B.

Following are the contents of the main GST registration certificate:

  1. The GSTIN of the taxpayer
  2. Trade Name and Legal Name
  3. Type of Business Constitution (Eg: Partnership, Company, Proprietorship, Trust, etc)
  4. Address of the Principal Place of Business
  5. Date of Liability
  6. Period of Validity. Usually there is a date mentioned for ‘From date’. However, regular taxpayers will not have a date mentioned for ‘To date’.
  7. Type of registration
  8. Particulars of the Approving authority- Name, designation, jurisdictional office, and signature (usually digitally signed).

 

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Sample GST Registration Certificate

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The ‘Annexure A’ contains the list of any additional places of business, if declared at the time of GST registration.

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The ‘Annexure B’ contains the list of persons-in-charge for the taxpayer along with their name, designation, State of residence and photograph. The list may have proprietor or partners or Karta or Managing Director and whole-time Directors or Members of the Managing Committee of Association of Persons or the Board of Trustees, etc.

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How to obtain GST Registration Certificate?

Any eligible person can apply for GST registration on the GST portal, by visiting www.gst.gov.in on the web browser. After the due verification of application by the proper officer, the registration shall be approved. The registration will be effective from the date when liability for registration arises, in case the application was submitted within a thirty days from that date. However, if the submission was delayed, then the GST registration is valid from the date of grant of registration

There may be scenario where bank account details are being submitted later on. In no case, this submission must be complete earlier of forty five days from date of grant of registration or due date of filing the return in form GSTR-3B.

For a detailed step by step process of obtaining the GST registration or GSTIN, read our article on ‘How to register for GST?’ or may watch our video here.  

Step-by-step process to download GST Registration Certificate

If you are an existing registered taxpayer, you may also download the certificate from the GST portal. It is available for download, only on the GST Portal, and note that the government does not issue any physical certificate.

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Here is a step-by-step process to download GST Registration Certificate:

 

Step 1 – Login to GST Portal. Step 2 – Go to ‘Services’ > ‘User Services’ > ‘View/ Download Certificate. GST registration certificate   Step 3 – Click on the ‘Download’ icon. GST registration certificate Step 4 – Open the downloaded PDF document and take a printout. GST registration certificate   Step 5 – Display the printed certificate prominently at all your places of business in the State or UT.