Society Registration

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Society registration

Start working from the society, for the society.

A non-govt organization to work for the society
A society to serve the society.
A society is an organization in which a group of individuals with similar interest come together to perform some functions. The said societies are governed by the Societies Registration Act of 1860 and the said act is amended by the respective states. The societies are registered and governed as per the said act. Registration of society is required to promote the fine arts, science, literature, or knowledge sharing for a purposeful matter or for charity. On the other hand, society is also formed for the maintenance of a residential or commercial complex or for creating the Apartment Association. An organization that works like govt. An NGO to serve the society.
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First to you and ultimately to the public and vice versa.

  • The registration lets you do it at large level.
  • You can get aid or funds in legal manner.
  • Benefits of tax deductions are available to the donors.
  • Each certified society procures legal status.
  • Registered society can legitimately open its current account
  • Can get delegation and regards under the Income Tax Act
  • Certified society gets the legal status that is necessary for statutory vesting of the wealth of society
  • Registered society gets legal identification before all forums and authorities
  • Members of the registered society are constitutionally bound to the same extent as if they had signed the Memorandum
  • A certified society can sue or sued.


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For registering a society, the following criteria must be fulfilled:

  • Members: Minimum of seven members for a state society and a minimum of eight members from eight different states (one in Delhi) is compulsory
  • Jurisdiction: Where the registered office of the society is situated. Before the District Registrar in the particular area. For example, Charity Commissioner in Maharashtra.
  • Governing Act: The societies are governed by the Societies Registration Act of 1986.
  • Property management: The property of the society vests in the name of the society and the same can be sold as per the terms mentioned in the bye-laws of the society. (e.g., approval from the Executive Committee Member)
  • Governing Act: The societies are governed by the Societies Registration Act of 1986.
  • Dissolution or closure: Dissolution as per the bye-laws of the society, upon dissolution and after settlement of all debts and liabilities, the funds and property of the society may not be distributed among the members of the society, rather, the remaining funds and property must be given or transferred to some other society, preferably one with similar objects.
  • Board: Executive Committee(President, Secretary, Vice President, Treasurer), General Body (All members)
  • Annual compliance: Societies must file annually, with the Registrar of Societies, a list of the names, addresses and occupations of their managing committee members.

Documents required

Personal documents for the society.

  • The name of the society
  • Memorandum of Association or MoA: The Memorandum of Association basically contains the name of the society, registered office address of the society, the area of its operations, and the objectives for which the society is established.
  • Bye-laws: The bye-laws of the society is considered as the constitution of the society and it contains the role and responsibilities of the Executive Committee members which includes its President, Vice President, Secretary, Joint Secretary and Treasurer. It also mentions the qualification of the members, eligibility, term and termination and all the other processes for the functioning of the society is mentioned in the bye-laws.
  • Proof of registered office – (rental agreement or ownership document)
  • ID proof of all the members of society
  • Two witnesses
Note:Once the payment for the registration is done, it takes about 8 to 10 days for drafting the MoA and By-laws of the Society. Thereafter it takes 21 to 30 days for the Society to be registered.

Why LawDocs?

A working member of the society, for the society.

  • Our experts can assist you in filing compliances also.
  • We help you to prepare a better MoA.
  • We assist you in drafting the bye-laws.
  • Serve the society, formally, legally.
  • You can receive funds in organised manner.

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The property of the society vests in the name of the society and the same can be sold as per the terms mentioned in the bye-laws of the society. (e.g., approval from the Executive Committee Member)

  • Yes. Government employees or officers can be part of NGOs, provided the NGO is not anti-government. Also, there are a few rules the intended members have to follow, one of them is to make sure that the particular organization is not profit making and the members must not draw any salary from the NGO.

Based on the cause and objectives, NGOs can be registered as Trust or Section 8 companies.

No. The society can any have any number of members. There is no prescribed upper limit according to the Societies Registration Act. However, there needs to be a minimum of 7 members.

Society is an institution of persons who come together to on purpose and co-operated on mutual consent to attain a universal objective. Society Registration Act 1860 governs the procedures of action of a society registered in India. Members of the community shall preserve the mutual thoughtfulness and follow the guidelines of this Act to keep up the harmony to increase and add to social welfare.

A trust shall after its registration shall do the following:

  • Obtain PAN card
  • Open a bank account
  • Bookkeeping and accounts
  • Annual IT filings
  • Professional tax registration, if applicable
  • GST registration, if applicable
  • Compliance with the Registrar of Firm – Filing of AGM resolution, accounts to be disclosed and member list to be filed with the Registrar of Firms.

There is a general notion that society need not pay tax as they work towards the welfare of the public at large. But this is not true. A society, like any other legal entity, is liable to pay tax. In order to be exempted from tax, a society is required to obtain certification for the said exemptions such as Section 12 A, 80G etc. from the income tax authorities.

  • Covering letter entreating for society registration stating in the body of message various records annexed to it.
  • Memorandum of Association in copy along with a verified copy.
  • In matters of existing places of worship like a temple, masjid, gurdwara, etc. sufficient documentary proof authenticating legal competence and control of applicant society over such sites should be filed.
  • Affidavit valued by President or Secretary of the service.
  • Documentary proof of house tax receipt, rent receipt of the registered office of a society or ‘No Objection Certificate’ from the keeper of the society.
  • PAN identification of all the members of the society
  • Residency proof of members such as ‘Aadhar card/electricity bill/bank statement/gas bill’ etc
  • List of all the members like name, address, contact details, etc.
  • Copy of rules & regulations of society,
  • Minutes of the previous meeting of society confirming the society registration.
  • Declaration by the president of the society stating his willingness and competency to hold the post of president

Registered Societies are similar to a partnership firm. Moreover, these societies enjoy divergent merits than that of an unregistered organization. There must be a least of 7 members or more for creating community. Following members are allowed to enroll for Memorandum of society: Besides person, the following bodies are eligible to form an association by contributing to the Memorandum of a society:

  • Foreigners
  • Partnership firm
  • Limited company
  • Registered society
  • Minors not eligible
  • Foreign companies
  • Indian companies
  • Other registered society

Societies are regulated for the promotion of literature, science or the fine arts and the diffusion of useful knowledge/political education or charitable purposes. Section 20 of the principal Act specifies the following objectives for which society registration can be done under the Act:

  • Funding for charitable assistance
  • Formation of Military orphan funds
  • Societies recognized at the General Presidencies of India
  • Endorsement of Science,
  • Literature,
  • Fine Arts,
  • commands or diffusion of useful knowledge,
  • Dissemination of political education,
  • groundwork or maintenance of libraries or reading rooms,
  • Public museum and galleries of paintings,
  • Works of Act,
  • Collections of innate history,
  • Mechanical and philosophical inventions,
  • Instruments,
  • Designs

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