Director Identification Number (DIN)
DIN is a unique Director identification number allotted by the Central Government to any person intending to be a Director or an existing director of a company.
It is an 8-digit unique identification number which has a lifetime validity. Through DIN, details of the directors are maintained in a database.
DIN is specific to a person, which means even if he is a director in 2 or more companies, he has to obtain only 1 DIN. And if he leaves a company and joins some other, the same DIN would work in the other company as well.
REASON FOR CANCELLING DIN :
The Central government may cancel the DIN due to the following reasons:
- If a duplicate DIN has been issued to the director
- The person has been declared unsound mind by the court
- The person has been adjudicated as insolvent
- . On the death of the concerned person
- DIN was obtained by fraudulent means
A person is appointed as a director in any company as per the Companies Act 2013, he cannot relinquish his DIN in the future. Even if he doesn’t remain a director anymore in that company or in any other company, his DIN will exist as it is.
The director can also surrender the DIN in Form DIR-5. With the form, he has to submit a declaration that he has never been appointed as a director in the company and the said DIN has never been used for filing any document with any authority. Upon verifying the e-records, the central government will de-activate the DIN.