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How to Download GST Certificate Online

Goods and Services Tax or GST is a tax that every business owner whose annual sales exceed INR 40 lakhs (or INR 20 lakhs in special category states) must pay to comply with the tax norms.

A GST registration certificate or a GST certificate is a substantial record for confirmation of getting enrolled under GST in India. Each taxpayer who has effectively registered under GST is given a GST certificate in the structure GST REG-06. The registration certificate is accessible for download on the GST Portal, and the government doesn’t provide any actual certificate.

The taxpayers include regular; TDS & TCS candidates under GST; people responsible for acquiring a unique Identity Number under Section 25(9) of the CGST Act; non-residents (including those giving OIDAR services) the taxpayers who moved from the pre-GST laws.

When Should One Register for GST Certificate

You have to submit your application for GST registration within 30 days from the date you are liable to register, or your turnover exceeds the GST limit. 

How to Submit an Application for GST Certificate?

For applying for the GST Registration Certificate, you need to visit the GST portal https://www.gst.gov.in/. Once you have entered your credentials and have gone through the relevant checks, your registration application will be accepted. If you apply within 30 days from the liability of registration, the registration will be effective immediately. However, if there is any delay in applying, the registration will be valid from the date of registration.

You can add your bank account details no later than 45 days from the registration date or the due date of filing the GSTR-3B return.

How to Get GSTIN?

GSTIN or GST number is important while conducting business transactions. You can get your GSTIN by visiting the GST portal and sending a request.

Here are the steps to get a GSTIN:

  1. Go to the GST portal https://www.gst.gov.in
  2. Go to Services, then click on Registration. 
  3. Select New Registration.
  4. Fill in the details and submit the application form.
  5. When your request is approved, you get a 15-digit GSTIN.

Download GST Certificate Online

You should be able to access your GST account to download your GST Registration Certificate. Follow these step-by-step instructions to download your certificate.

Step 1: Go to the official GST portal https://www.gst.gov.in

Step 2: Click on the “Login” button. 

Step 3: Enter your credentials (username and password) to login.

Step 4: Click on Services, then select User Services. Go to View/Download Certificate.

Step 5: Click on the Download button to download your certificate.

Sample GST Registration Certificate

This is a sample GST Registration Certificate

Contents of a GST Certificate

As seen above, a GST Certificate comes with Annexures A and B that contain the following items:

  1. The GSTIN of the taxpayer
  2. Business name
  3. Business type (Sole proprietorship, partnership, etc.)
  4. Business address
  5. Liability date
  6. Validity period
  7. Registration type
  8. Digital signatures of approving authorities
  9. Date of issue of certificate

Annexure-A has the following details:

  1. The GSTIN of the taxpayer
  2. The taxpayer’s legal name
  3. The name of the business
  4. The additional places of the business

Annexure-B has the following details:

  1. The GSTIN of the taxpayer
  2. The taxpayer’s legal name
  3. The name of the business
  4. Information of the proprietor, partners, director, trustees, etc. including photograph, name, designation, and address

What is the Validity of the GST Registration Certificate?

If you are a regular taxpayer, your GST Registration Certificate does not have an expiry date. If your GST registration is active and when you are regularly filing your GST returns, your certificate will remain valid.

If you are an intermittent or non-resident GST taxpayer, your GST Registration Certificate is valid for only 90 days. However, you can apply for an extension at the end of the 90-day tenure.

Edit  GST Certificate Online

If any detail in the GST certificate is incorrect, you can make the changes on the GST portal itself. The relevant authorities will check all your changes and if approved, you will get a new GST certificate.

Here are the steps you can follow to edit a GST certificate:

  • Go to the official GST portal https://www.gst.gov.in
  • Click on Login
  • Enter your username and password to login
  • Go to Services and then select Registration
  • Click on Amendment of Registration
  • Make the necessary changes
  • Go to the Verification tab and check the Verification box
  • Go to the Authorized Signatory drop-down list and select the authorised signature
  • Go to the Location field and enter the name of the place
  • Sign the application using Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)
  • You will get a confirmation mail and SMS updating the status of the application
  • After the application is approved, you can view or download it from the GST portal

Verify the Status of the GST Registration Certificate

You can download your GST certificate from the GST website. But if you want to check the status of your registration certificate, you can follow these instructions:

  1. Go to the GST portal https://www.gst.gov.in/
  2. Login with your details
  3. Go to the “Search Taxpayer” tab
  4. You will get three options for searching your GST certificate status:
  • Using GSTIN/UIN
  • Using PAN number
  • Searching for composition taxpayer
  1. Select the option that is most relevant for you
  2. Enter the GSTIN, PAN, or composition taxpayer details
  3. Click on the “Search” button
  4. The next page will show you your GSTIN status
  5. If the page indicates your status as “Active,” your registration is valid and active

Why is the GST Registration Certificate Important?

A business owner paying their taxes need to display the GST Registration Certificate at their place of business. If the business is being run online, the registration certificate should be displayed prominently. 

All other GST-related information is listed in Form GST REG-06. This form also needs to be displayed at a place of business. Any business owner who does not follow this rule is liable to pay a penalty of INR 25,000.

As the GST registration certificate is valid until the business owner does not surrender or cancel it, it is unnecessary to renew it periodically. However, for casual or non-resident taxpayers, the certificate expires after 90 days, so they need to re-apply for a certificate or gain an extension after it expires.

Conclusion:

Earlier, business owners had to pay taxes at the state and central levels. This caused many problems for the owners as well as the customers as the taxes were different for different states, and thus the end product would have different costs in different states or even cities in the same state.

The Government of India has taken several steps to make GST accessible to both business owners and customers. It has digitised GST processes so that people find it easier to register and access their records and file their returns. The GST portal is a one-stop solution to all your GST needs.

By issuing GST registration certificates online, the government has made it easy for business owners in remote or rural areas to get their certificates easily.  

FAQs on GST Certificate

Can I make changes to my GST registration certificate?

Yes, you can make changes to your GST certificate. There is a detailed explanation and a step-by-step guide above in the article for editing your GST certificate online.

What is the validity of the GST certificate?

If you are a regular taxpayer, your GST certificate does not expire unless a tax authority cancels it. If you are a casual taxpayer, your GST certificate is valid for 90 days from the date of registration. You can extend the validity after the expiry date.

How can I search for my GST information?

You can search for your GST certificate using your GSTIN, PAN number, or company name. You have to type the details in the search box of GST portal to access your GST certificate.

Can I get a physical copy of the GST certificate?

The Government of India does not issue a physical copy of the GST certificate. You will have to get your certificate online and then print it out.

What are the charges for getting a GST certificate?

You can get the GST certificate from the GST portal free of cost

Why do I need a GST certificate?

The GST certificate is proof of the validity of your business. You can also check if other businesses have GST certificates for verification.