Society Registration in India

Society Registration in India

Apply for your Society Registration in Tamil Nadu and across all parts of India online. Know the procedures and formalities to get your registration done through Tax Robo.

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What is Society Registration?

A society is a group of individuals with a collective interest toward a common goal.

Societies are registered to promote charitable activities such as education, religion, music, art, culture, etc.

Society is registered under the Society Registration Act, of 1860 which enforced rules for the registration and functioning of such societies.

It is important for a society to have at least 7 persons for incorporation. Indian citizens, foreigners, companies & other registered societies can also partake in the formation of a new society as members.

A society can be unregistered too, but only a registered society is legally privileged to own and manage properties.

State Governments are authorized to register societies and hence an application must be submitted to the State Government department and specifically to the office in the area where a society has decided to maintain its registered office.

Purpose of Society Registration

A Society Registration can be done for the development of fine arts, science, or literature or else for the diffusion of purposeful knowledge or charitable purposes of political education. According to Section 20 of the Society Act, of 1860 a Society Registration for the following purposes:

  • Promotion of fine arts
  • Diffusion of political education
  • Grant of charitable assistance
  • Promotion of science and literature
  • Creation of military orphan funds
  • Maintenance or foundation of galleries or public museum
  • Maintenance or foundation of reading rooms or libraries
  • Promotion or diffusion or instruction of useful knowledge

Once this is done, the registrar of societies will sign the first copy as acknowledgment and return it while keeping the second copy for approval. If everything is alright, an incorporation certificate along with a registration no. is issued and the society is officially registered.

Types of Societies for Registration

  1. Charitable Societies: These societies are formed to undertake charitable activities such as poverty alleviation, education, healthcare, relief work during disasters, etc.

  2. Cultural Societies: Cultural societies promote and preserve cultural heritage, traditions, arts, literature, language, and other aspects of culture.

  3. Educational Societies: These societies focus on educational activities such as running schools, colleges, vocational training centers, libraries, etc.

  4. Religious Societies: Religious societies are formed to promote religious beliefs, practices, and charitable activities associated with a particular faith or denomination.

  5. Social Welfare Societies: These societies work towards the welfare and upliftment of marginalized or disadvantaged sections of society through various social development programs.

  6. Sports Societies: Sports societies are established to promote and develop sports activities, organize sporting events, provide training facilities, etc.

  7. Professional Societies: These societies are formed by professionals in a specific field such as medicine, law, engineering, etc., to promote professional development, knowledge sharing, and networking among members.

  8. Environmental Societies: Environmental societies focus on environmental conservation, sustainability, and advocacy for environmental protection measures.

  Advantage Of  Society Registration


  1. Legal Recognition: Registration provides the society with legal recognition as a separate legal entity distinct from its members.

  2. Limited Liability: Members of the society generally enjoy limited liability, meaning they are not personally liable for the debts and obligations of the society.

  3. Access to Funding: Registered societies may have access to funding opportunities from government grants, donations, and other sources to support their activities.

  4. Tax Benefits: Depending on the jurisdiction and the nature of activities, registered societies may be eligible for tax exemptions or benefits.

  5. Credibility and Trust: Registration enhances the credibility and trustworthiness of the society in the eyes of donors, beneficiaries, and other stakeholders.

  6. Perpetual Succession: A registered society enjoys perpetual succession, meaning it continues to exist irrespective of changes in its membership or office bearers.

  7. Legal Framework: Registration provides a legal framework for governance, operations, and dispute resolution within the society.

  8. Networking and Collaboration: Registered societies can network with other similar organizations, collaborate on projects, and leverage collective resources for greater impact.

What are the steps for Society Registration in India?

Step 1

Apply to the Registrar of Societies.

Step 2

A Name is a must as the initial step towards registering a society. The name must be unique and shouldn't be already in use by an existing society.

Step 3

It is important that a memorandum of association be created which clearly states the rules and regulations of the society, its objectives, names of members, their addresses, occupations, and other relevant details.

Step 4

This MoA needs to be signed by every member of the society in the presence of a Gazetted officer, Chartered Accountant, Advocate, Notary Public, Oath Commissioner, and 1st Class Magistrate with their official stamping and complete address.

Society Registration Packages

Basic Package

₹7499 .00

* All Exclusive

  • Deed Drafting
  • Society Registration
  • PAN & TAN
  • Incorporation Certificate
  • Free Bank Account Opening

Family Auditor

₹9999 .00

* All Exclusive

  • Deed Drafting
  • Society Registration
  • PAN & TAN
  • Incorporation Certificate
  • GST Registration
  • Free GST Return filing for 1 Month
  • Free Bank Account Opening
  • Statutory Registers and Records
  • Free Experts Consulting
  • Appoint First Auditor of the Association

Documents Required Registration of Society Registration

ID Proof

Scanned copy of PAN Card, Voter ID, Passport , Driving License

Registered Office Proof

No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the owner, Utility bill (should not be older than two months) and Notarized Rent agreement (in case of rented property) / Registry Proof or House Tax Receipt (in case of owned property)

Address Proof

Latest Bank statement/ Utility bill in the name of director which should not be older than two months


Latest passport size photograph

The following documents are required to complete this process.

  • PAN Card of all the members of the new society.
  • Residence proof of all the members (Passport, Driving License, Aadhar, Utility Bill, Bank statement, etc.)
  • Memorandum of Association (MoA) stating details of all the members and their roles, addresses of the members, and objectives regarding the smooth functioning of the society.
  • Rules and regulations in a written format.
  • A cover letter highlighting the objectives and functions of the society, to be signed by all the founding members of the society.
  • A copy of the Proof of Address of the registered office of the society supplemented with NOC from the landlord.
  • A list of all the members.
  • A declaration was given by the president stating their willingness to join and accept their designated responsibilities. 

Compliance After Registration of Society Registration 

Statutory Obligations

✓ File GST return every month without delay

✓ PF & ESI return filing

✓ TDS Payments & Return filings

✓ Advance Tax payments

✓ File Income Tax return by every year before due date


✓ GST registration

✓ PF & ESI Registration if applicable

✓ Profession Tax registration

✓ Import & Export Code registration

✓ STPI Registration / SEZ registration

✓ Secretarial compliance required for passing resolutions, Change in Management, entering contracts, loan obligations etc

Accounts & Operations

✓ Open a Bank account with one Private Bank and one scheduled Bank

✓ Get one accounting software with GST facility


✓ Review Financial Products performance by every 3 months

✓ Compare the budget amount with actual Financial Products results