Designated Partner Identification Number (DPIN)
As the name suggests, designated partner identification number is an identification number required to be registered by any person who intends to be a designated partner of a limited liability partnership (LLP).
DPIN Obtaining Procedure
Any natural living person who wishes to register LLP or become a designated partner of an existing LLP is eligible to obtain designated partner identification number. This makes it clear that DPIN can not be obtained for legal artificial entities like company, OPC,etc.
In order to obtain designated partner identification number following documents are required to be submitted:
Applicant’s Identity Proof
- PAN in case of Indian nationals is mandatory
- Passport in case of foreign nationals is mandatory
- Applicant’s Photograph
- Applicant’s Address Proof
The aforementioned documents must be certified or attested by a notary public or a gazetted officer or other professionals like a chartered accountant, company secretary or cost accountant.
Validity of DPIN
Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) allots DPIN automatically on submission of application for designated partner identification number or send it back for resubmission due to following reasons:
- The applicant’s name and his/her father’s name is in abbreviated form while it was required to be in expanded form.
- Use of prefixes such as Mr./Ms./kumari etc. in the name of the applicant.
- Mismatch including spelling mistake in the name of the applicant or his/her father in DPIN form with the enclosed identity proof.
- The attached documents such as passport / identity proof/ driving licence have expired validity.
- Proof of residence such as electricity bill, bank statements, utility bills, etc. have name of the person other than the applicant (like spouse or father’s name) or the enclosed proofs are older than 2 months from the date of submission of application for verification.
- The enclosed supporting documents do not have clearly indicated name, membership/practicing certificate number, designation, etc. i.e. they are not duly attested.
DIN Vs DPIN
Direct Identification number or DIN can be used and exchanged with DPIN and vice versa. In case a person holds both a DIN as well as DPIN, then DIN will supersede DPIN in the case of appointing a designated partner of LLP.
Changes in Particulars of DIN or DPIN
Information related to DIN or DPIN can be changed by intimating ROC using Form-4 which means that the form used for changing the particulars of DIN or DPIN is same.