NGO Registration Process


Non-Governmental Organizations commonly referred to as NGOs are non-profit organizations with an objective to support the under privileged section of the society. The focus of these NGOs may be environmental, improving health and welfare of children, development work or even raising awareness about a particular cause or activity. As the name suggests they are not linked with government and are run by citizens on voluntary initiatives.

NGO Registration-

If you desire to start a non- profit organization for the betterment of any particular section of the society, it is advisable to get your NGO registered first. A registered NGO will be a legal entity and will be more credible in the eyes of law as well as contributors.

In India there are three legal ways in which one can register their NGOs they are:

  • Sec 8 Registration
  • Trust Registration
  • Society Registration

Laws applicable for NGO registration in India-

  1. Trust Registration under The Indian Trusts Act, 1882
  2. Society Registration under Societies Registration Act, 1860
  3. Section 8 Company under Companies act, 2013

Models of NGO Registration in India-


Trusts can be registered as both public trust and private trust.

  • Minimum 2 trustees and 1 settler needed
  • NGO under trust is regulated under the Indian trusts act
  • No clear provision for dissolving a registered trust


Society is incorporated with an objective to promote science, arts, literature or any other non-profit objective.

  • It is a membership based organization
  • Minimum 7 members are required for registration under society
  • Minimum 8 members from different states are required to register a society on national level
  • A registered society can be dissolved by its member after discussion

Section 8 Company

These companies are not allowed to issue any kind of dividend to its shareholders as they are formed for charitable purposes.

  • Minimum 2 directors are required
  • Minimum 2 promoters(shareholders) are required
  • Promoters and Directors can be the same persons


The registration of NGOs in India can be done in the following ways-

Trust RegistrationSociety RegistrationSection 8 Company Registration
Chose a name for your NGOChose a name for your NGOChoose a name for your NGO and make sure that it does not resemble any already registered company or Limited Liability Partnership
Minimum 2 trustees and 1 beneficiaryForm a governing bodyPrepare MOA and AOA of the organization
Prepare the MOA and by-laws and execute a proper trust deed containing all the key provisions and clausesPrepare the MOA and by-laws of the proposed Society including all the rules and regulations for the NGO registration and operationOnce all the documents are prepared submit an online application to respective ROC for issue of License in Form INC-12
The Trust Deed must be executed on stamp paper of sufficient value based on the value of the property assigned to the trustAt last the applicant is required to submit this MOA and rule and regulation document along with the registration forms to the Registrar of Society of state in which jurisdiction the registration is doneFile incorporation application in SPICe Form along with the required document as attachments
the Trust Deed must be signed by all the trustees and settler and registered with the Local Registrar of the area in which registered office of the NGO is located Certificate of incorporation(COI) will be issued along with PAN & TAN

NOTE- For more details on NGOs registration refer to:


  • List of documents required for registration of the NGOs-

    • A letter requesting registration, signed by all the founding members
    • A certified copy of the MoA, signed by the founding members, with a duplicate
    • A certified copy of the rules and regulations, signed by the founding members, along with a duplicate
    • A table with the names, address and occupation of all members, along with a duplicate
    • Minutes of the meeting (general body meeting conducted to set the rules and regulations)
    • Declaration by the president of the society
    • A sworn affidavit from the President or Secretary, declaring the relationship between the subscribers
    • Address proof of registered office and no-objection certificate from the landlord.

FAQs :

1. What is NGO?

An NGO stands for Non – Government Organization. The term NGO originated from the United Nations (UN), and is normally used to refer to organizations that do not form part of the government and are not conventional for profit or business. Today there is need for the betterment of the underprivileged section of the society. This need can be satisfied using non-profit organization.

2. What are the types of NGO?

There are 2 types of non-profit NGO. One is Trust and the other is Society. The third type of NGO is a profitable NGO which is often registered under Companies Act.

3. When is an NGO eligible for Government funding?

An NGO is eligible for Government funding after 3 years. However, in some special cases, an NGO can get Government funding even after 1 year if its project gets approved.

4. What are the minimum members required to register an NGO?

The minimum members required to register an NGO is 3 if it is a Trust. It is not necessary to have all 3 members from 3 different states. If you are registering a Society, you must have a minimum members of 7 from seven different states of India.

5. How can I do NGO Registration?

You can easily do NGO Registration by hiring us. Just contact us and our professionals will guide you right from the beginning of registering your NGO to the point of making your NGO a great success. You can also mail on our email id which is

6. Do I need to own office property to start an NGO?

No, you can start an NGO in a rented property as well. You will need a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the owner of the rented property.