How to get your NGO registered ? Here's the answer. !!

How to get your NGO registered ? Here\'s the answer. !!

A Non-Governmental Organisation or as we know it, an NGO, are becoming one of the best methods of bringing the people from different spheres together, to be and become a bridge between those who have and those who need. Be it being a communication link between people among themselves or between the people and the govt. NGOs are playing a vital role in society.

Now these NGOs to get proper aid, help, financial assistance, legal rights and recognition under the law, are required to be registered.

As per section 12(1) of the National Trust Act any voluntary organisation or the association of parents of persons with disabilities or the "Association of Persons with disabilities working in the field of autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and multiple disabilities" already registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860(21 of 1860), or section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956(1 of 1956), or as a Public Charitable Trust and under Persons With Disability Act, 1995 in the concerned state can apply for registration in National Trust by filling online form alongwith form `E’ (generated by the system) duly signed and stamped by the President/General Secretary of the organisation.

The registration of such organization shall be necessary with the Trust for availing benefits under the schemes of the Trust.

Thus we have primarily following laws dealing with such registration

1. Societies Registration Act, 1860(21 of 1860),

2. Companies Act, 1956(1 of 1956),

3. Public Charitable Trust

4. Persons With Disability Act, 1995

Now, how to begin with registration

Check Eligibility Criteria for NGO Registration

Check your eligibility, particularly under the National Trust Act and Persons with Disabilities Act. Before applying, get registered under PWD Act if not already registered. The National Trust registration will be generally co-terminus with the registration under PwD Act-1995.

  • Voluntary Organization / Association of Parents of Person with Disability / Association of Person with Disability working in the field of Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation, Multiple Disability can apply.
  • Should be registered under Societies Registration Act of 1860 or Section of 25 of Companies Act 1956 or as a Public Charitable Trust.
  • Should also be registered under Person with Disability Act 1995

Example:- If an Organisation gets registered under National Trust Act on 1/1/2015 and its registration under PwD Act, 1995, is valid till 31/12/2017, the organisation will be considered registered under National Trust Act till 31/12/2017 only.

However, the organisation will be given a further period of 6 months to one year (grace period) for submission of a valid certificate of registration under Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995. If the same is submitted within that period, the registration will remain valid for the balance period of registration with the National Trust.

Otherwise, the Registration under National Trust Act will stand cancelled. In such case, the Organisation has to apply again afresh for registration under National Trust Act with full information and documents alongwith fee after getting duly registered under PwD Act, 1995.

Fees :-

Registration Fees is Rs. 2000/- for urban & Rs. 1000/- for a rural area. The fee is to be deposited electronically.

Keep the following documents ready :-

1.       Resolution & Authorisation of the Organisation to file an application for registration. 

2.       Form E for registration under Rule 27(3). All pages duly signed and stamped by an authorized signatory. 

3.       Audited Annual Accounts of the last two years

4.       Annual Report of the last year

5.       Memorandum of Association (MOA) 

6.       Certificate of Registration under Persons with Disabilities Act-1995. 

7.       Certificate of Registration/ Incorporation under any relevant Act like Societies Registration Act.

It’s better to enclose all the documents with the on-line application to facilitate expeditious processing and avoid the delayed Indian administration.

Hard copy of all requisite documents, including duly signed and stamped Form E generated through online process, must be submitted in the National Trust office within seven days of online submission.

The NGOs who are registered with The National Trust and whenever  their PWD Act registration expires, are given a grace period of 6 months to one year, for getting new registration under PWD Act.

Application for renewal of registration should be submitted to National Trust 6 months prior to the expiry of the date of registration under National Trust Act. Registration Form PDF.pdf

With online link the following easy steps are required to be followed :- 

   “Login-> Registration-> Edit Registration Form”        

After paying the registration fees on 9 step if click submit button to move on the next level for verification.

After 9th step Edit / Print / Submit, please get a print of the online form (for sending the same to “The National Trust” along with the hard copies of other documents uploaded in the online form).

If not able to verify the payment of registration fees, please send the payment deduction details to “The National Trust” at

If opted for RTGS / NEFT, if download the Challan Form appeared on their screen and take that to the bank for payment & their send details to NT at .

With digital India kicking in, it has become quite people friendly to get your organisation registered. Thus, go ahead, seize the moment and get your good deed registered so that its benefits reaches the most.  

Blog Creater: Tanu Singhal