Online Society Registration In India

Society is an alliance of individuals combined together to achieve a universal objective.

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Society Registration

Society is an alliance of individuals combined to achieve a universal objective. Societies are generally registered for charitable activities like sports, music, art, religion, education, etc. It takes a minimum of 7 persons for society registration.
As per section 20 of the Society Registration Act, 1860, for the following purposes society registration can be done:

a.    Fine Arts Promotion.
b.    Political Education’s diffusion.
c.    Funding of Charitable Assistance.
d.    Galleries or Public Museums.
e.    Designs.
f.    Natural History.
g.    Military Orphan Funds.
h.    Reading Rooms and Library.
i.    Useful Knowledge’s promotion or diffusion.
j.    Promotion of science and literature.


Benefits & Advantages of Society Registration

1.    Current Account can be opened in the name of a registered society.
2.    Registration u/s 12AB and 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961 can be obtained by a society registered under Society Registration Act.
3.    A legal status is given to a registered society.
4.    Registered society can sue and be sued.
5.    Lesser compliances for purchasing a property.
6.    Legal identification before all forums and authorities.

Documents required to register a Society Registration

PAN Card

PAN Card of the members.

Residence Proof

Residence Proof of the members. It can include Bank Statement/Aadhar Card/Electricity Bill/Passport/Driving License.

Memorandum of Association

Memorandum of Association (MOA) usually contains the name of the society, objects, members details, and registered address of the society.

Rules and Regulations

Rules and Regulations which contain the details of working of society, members addition/removal, meeting quorum/frequency, auditors, dispute resolution, winding up, etc.

Covering Letter containing

Covering Letter containing the details of the society’s registration and documentation.

Society Address Proof

Proof of address of the society.

Declaration from the president

Declaration from the president to his willingness and competency to hold the post.

Members List

List of all the members along with their signature.


Process of Society Registration in India

Society registration is state-wise. So, the application for registration should be filed in a state where the society’s registered office would be situated. The process is as follows:

  • Selecting a Unique Name of the society.
  • Preparation of MOA along with Rules and Regulations.
  • Self-attesting by all members, the MOA and Rules and Regulations, and witnessed by Notary Officer, CA, Advocate, etc.
  • Preparation of Covering Letter with all the required documents.
  • Submission with the state registrar in two copies along with required fees.
  • Verifying the documents and objectives of the society by the registrar.
  • Registering the society and an Incorporation Certificate is allotted.

Time Required

The time required varies from one to two months of submission of all the requirements.


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1. Who can become members of society?

Individuals, Partnership Firms, Limited Company, Foreigners, Registered Societies, etc.

2. What are the rights of members of society?

Entitled to vote, receive notices for meeting, attend meeting, receive financial statements etc.

3. Whether the society can apply for 12AB and 80G registration under Income Tax Act, 1961?

Yes, society can apply for the registration under section 12AB and 80G of the Income Tax Act.

4. Whether members have a share in society’s profits?

No, the members are not entitled to any share in profits.

5. When PAN can be applied for society?

Application in Form No. 49A is required to be filed after receiving the Incorporation Certificate.

6. Who are disqualified members of society?

Any member whose subscription is in arrears for a period of more than three months is not entitled to vote and is not counted as a member.

7. What is the % of consent required to dissolve society?

60% or more of the members must have agreed to dissolve the society.

8. Whether Government consent is required to dissolve society?

Yes, if the government is also a member of society or a contributor or otherwise interested in any society.

9. Whether the provision of the Income Tax Act, 1961 viz. TDS, Tax Slabs or Rates or GST Act apply to the society?

Yes, all the provisions of Income Tax Act, 1961& GST Act are applicable to the society unless specifically exempted.

10. What is the general body of society?

The general body of the society consists of all the members whether individuals or partnership firms, companies, other registered societies, etc. who have subscribed to the MOA.