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WHAT IS DIRECTOR E- KYC?

INTRODUCTION

Director e-KYC or e-Know Your Customer is a process of verifying the identity and address of a company’s director(s) electronically. It is a mandatory requirement for all companies registered in India. The process of director e-KYC is as follows:

  1. The company director(s) will need to create a profile on the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) website.
  2. The director(s) will need to upload their PAN card, Aadhaar card, and passport-size photograph.
  3. The director(s) will need to provide their residential address and a scanned copy of their utility bill or bank statement.
  4. The director(s) will need to provide their contact details, including their email address and mobile number.
  5. The director(s) will need to sign the e-KYC form electronically.

Once the director(s) have completed the e-KYC process, their details will be verified by the MCA. If the details are verified, the director(s) will be able to access the MCA portal and file various forms and documents online.

ADVANTAGES

  1. Improved compliance: Director e-KYC helps to ensure that companies are in compliance with the law. By verifying the identity and address of directors electronically, the MCA can track who is running a company and where they live. This helps to prevent fraud and money laundering.
  2. Reduced paperwork: Director e-KYC reduces the amount of paperwork required for company registration and compliance. This is because directors can now submit their KYC details electronically. This saves time and money for companies.
  3. Improved efficiency: Director e-KYC improves the efficiency of the MCA. By verifying the identity and address of directors electronically, the MCA can process applications and forms more quickly. This helps to reduce the time it takes for companies to get started.
  4. Enhanced transparency: Director e-KYC enhances transparency in corporate governance. By making the KYC details of directors’ public, the MCA makes it easier for shareholders and creditors to assess the risks of investing in a company. This helps to protect the interests of stakeholders.
  5. Ease of use: Director e-KYC is a simple and easy process to follow. Directors can complete the process online in a few minutes.
  6. Cost-effectiveness: Director e-KYC is a cost-effective way to verify the identity and address of directors. Directors do not need to travel to a physical location to complete the process.
  7. Security: Director e-KYC is a secure process. The MCA uses state-of-the-art security measures to protect the personal data of directors

DISADVANTAGE

  1. Data security: There is always a risk of data security breaches when personal data is stored and transmitted electronically. The MCA has taken steps to secure the data of directors, but there is always a risk that this data could be compromised.
  2. Technical issues: There may be technical issues with the e-KYC process, such as the website crashing or the system being overloaded. This could delay the verification process for directors.
  3. Cost: There is a small cost associated with director e-KYC. This cost is usually waived for small businesses.
  4. Privacy: Some people may be concerned about the privacy implications of director e-KYC. Their personal data will be stored and shared with the MCA, and this data could be accessed by unauthorized parties.

CONCLUSION

Director e-KYC is a valuable tool for improving compliance, reducing paperwork, enhancing efficiency, enhancing transparency in corporate governance, providing ease of use and cost-effectiveness. It is a mandatory requirement for all companies registered in India, and it is important for directors to complete the process as soon as possible. The disadvantages of director e-KYC are relatively minor. The benefits of the process far outweigh the risks, and it is a valuable tool for improving compliance, reducing paperwork, enhancing efficiency, enhancing transparency in corporate governance, and providing ease of use and cost-effectiveness.