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Complete Guide to MSME Registration in India

MSME Registration in India: Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise (MSME) sector in India contributes around 29% to the country’s GDP. This sector solely has generated employment for about 120 million individuals. The government of India has announced several relief measures, incentives for MSMEs – True drivers of the Indian economy. Many businesses want to become a part of this MSME sector and benefit from several initiatives & schemes in terms of credit facilities, taxation, etc. They can do so through MSME registration.  

Read this article to know all about the MSMEs and their registration process in India. 

New Definition of MSMEs 

The government of India recently revised the definition of MSME under Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan. Previously, the classification was based on the amount invested in machinery/equipment or plant and the related sector of the business like manufacturing or services. 

But, the new definition of MSMEs covers both annual turnover and investment. There is no differentiation done based on sectors (manufacturing or service). 

Classification CriteriaAnnual Turnover Investment
MicroLess than Rs 5 crore Less than Rs 1 crore
SmallLess than Rs 50 croreLess than Rs 10 crore 
MediumLess than Rs 250 crore Less than Rs 50 crore

MSME Registration Process

Businesses can obtain MSME registration using the Udyog aadhar registration portal – The registration process is divided into 2 broad categories.

  1. MSME registration for entrepreneurs who are not yet registered 
  2. Registration for those who have already done MSME registration as EM-II or UAM (Udyog Aadhar Memorandum)

Let’s discuss these processes in detail. 

MSME registration for entrepreneurs who are not yet registered

A business owner can visit to register their business as an MSME. This can be done using the Aadhaar number, with or without PAN. 

Here are the steps for registration for entrepreneurs using PAN. 

msme registration process

In the case of registration without PAN, all the steps mentioned above will be followed, except that the answer to ‘Do you have a PAN?’ should be answered as ‘No’. 

Then, businesses can fill in other details – business & personal to complete the registration process. 

Businesses should update PAN and GSTIN on the portal to avoid any suspension of the registration. 

MSME registration for those who already have EM-II or UAM

If a business is registered as EM-II or UAM, visit the and click on the ‘For those having registration as EM-II or UAM’ button. 

Then, enter ‘Udhyog Aadhaar Number’, generate OTP & verify. And the registration is done. 

What are the documents required for MSME Registration?

A business needs the following documents for registration. 

  • Address proof of the business 
  • Sale & purchase invoices
  • Memorandum of Association (MoA)/Articles of Association/Partnership deed
  • Invoice copies and licenses of machinery/equipment bought for business use

How to check the status of MSME Registration?

A business can check the status of registration using the reference number and name. 

  1. Visit this link 
  2. Enter the 12-digit UAM number and the CAPTCHA code
  3. Then, click ‘Verify’ to check the status of the MSME registration

How to print or download MSME Registration Certificate / Udyog Aadhaar online?

Follow these steps to print or download the registration certificate. 

  1. Visit this link 
  2. Enter 12-digit UAM number and the registered mobile number
  3. Then, click on ‘Submit’ to print or download MSME certificate