GNL – 1

Applications made to Registrar of Companies

  • eForm GNL-1 is required to be filed pursuant to rule 12(2) of the Companies (Registration offices and Fees) Rules, 2014
  • User can file application seeking approval from Registrar of Companies by filing application in eForm GNL-1 for different purposes under Companies Act, 2013.
  • If it is required to file eForm MGT-14 in relation to the resolution passed for filing this application; ensure that filing of eForm MGT-14 precedes filing of this eForm.
  • Select the category of the applicant out of company, foreign company and others.
  • Category as ‘Foreign company’ can be selected only in case purpose of the application is ‘Compounding of offences’ or ‘Others’.
  • Category as ‘Others’ can be selected only for ‘Compounding of offences’ or for withdrawal of approved application for name availability.
  • In case of an Indian company, enter the ‘Corporate Identity Number’ (CIN).
  • In case of a Foreign company, enter the ‘Foreign Company Registration Number (FCRN)’.
  • You may find CIN by entering existing registration number or name of the company in the ‘Find CIN’ service under the menu MCA services on the MCA website.
  • Enter the approved SRN of eForm INC-1 filed for reservation of name in case category of applicant is ‘Others’.
  • Select the purpose of the application. In case category of applicant is Foreign company’ or ‘Others’, only ‘Compounding of offences’ or ‘Others’ can be selected.
  • A dormant company desirous to regularize its filing can apply for normalizing by selecting the option for ‘Normalizing a dormant company’. After approval of the application, the company shall be provided 21 days to file all the annual return and balance sheets for the required financial years.
  • In case all the required filings are done within 21 days, then the status of the company shall be changed to ‘Active’. However, in case, all the required filings are not done within 21 days, status of the company shall be changed back to ‘Dormant’.
  • This eForm for normalizing a company should be filed by only those dormant companies which are desirous of getting back to Active status by filing the due annual returns and balance sheets.
  • Enter the details of application. In case of application for compounding of offences, also mention the facts of the case mentioning nature of offence and period of default.
  • This is applicable for compounding of offences.
  • The application can be filed for Company, Director or Manager/Secretary or Others. Enter number of person(s) and their details excluding Company. Details of only 8 persons can be entered in the eForm. If number of persons is greater than 8, then additional details can be provided in optional attachment.
  • Select the category. In case the category is Director, enter an approved DIN. In case category is Manager/Secretary, enter Income-tax PAN.
  • In case category is Others, enter either income-tax PAN or passport number. In case of passport number, prefix the number with zero(s) (0) to make it a 12 digit number.
  • Enter the details of section violated. Also provide details of the section under which default is punishable along with the details of applicable penalty.
  • Enter the details as to how the default has been made good indicating the date on which the default has been made good, wherever applicable.
  • In case of application is made for extension of AGM or Annual Accounts, mention financial year end date in respect of which the application is being filed. Ensure that you enter the correct date as the extension by the concerned office shall be based on this date.
  • Enter total number of stamp duty payment(s) for which details are to be entered and for details of stamp duty to be paid.


  • Board resolution passed for the purpose of making an application
  • Scheme of arrangement, amalgamation if application is filed for amalgamation
  • Detailed application is required to be attached in all the cases of filing
  • Copy of notice received from RoC or any other competent authority
  • Any other information can be provided as an optional attachment

In case of compounding of offence, the detailed application should contain the following details:

  • Detailed application
  • General profile and history of the company containing details such as name, date of incorporation, main objects of the company
  • Facts of the case mentioning nature of offence and period of default
  • Whether the offence is made good, if yes then how and when (i.e. the date where applicable)
  • Prayer to compounding authority for compounding of offence

In case of extension of annual general meeting, the detailed application should contain the following details:

  • Reasons of extension
  • Period for which extension is required (Note: It should not exceed three months)

In case of extension of financial year, the detailed application should contain the following details:

  • Reasons for extension of financial year
  • Period for which extension is required (Note: It should not exceed three months)



No fee applicable for two purposes- “Amalgamation- others” and “Declaring a defunct company

1. Amalgamation- Govt. Company, Normalizing a dormant company or others

Application made Other than OPC & Small company OPC & Small company
(i) By a company having an authorized share capital of:a) Up to Rupees 25,00,000

b) Above Rupees 25,00,000 but up to Rupees 50,00,000

c) Above Rupees 50,00,000 but up to Rupees 5,00,00,000

d) Above Rupees 5,00,00,000 but up to Rupees 10 crore or more

e) Above Rupees 10 crore










(ii) By a company limited by guarantee but not having a share capital 2,000 N/A
(iii) By a company having a valid license issued under section 8 of the Act (Section 8 Company) 2,000 N/A


2. Compounding of offences, extending the period of annual accounts, extension of period of AGM

In case of Company having share capital

Nominal Share Capital Fee applicable
Less than 1,00,000 Rupees 200
1,00,000 to 4,99,999 Rupees 300
5,00,000 to 24,99,999 Rupees 400
25,00,000 to 99,99,999 Rupees 500
1,00,00,000 or more Rupees 600

In case of Company not having share capital

Rupees 200 per document

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2 responses to “GNL – 1

  1. Very useful and nice information


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