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18 August 2023

How to get your company ready to operate in India

If you are planning to incorporate an entity in India, then you will need to make sure you have the right documents and fit the requirements.

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Business woman registering a company in India

India has one of the largest populations in the world and has a rapidly growing economy. This makes it an attractive location for companies to do business.

As a result, anyone looking to register a business in India from the UK needs to know what they need. There are a range of requirements a business must meet. Then, they must also consider what documents they may need to have notarised before they can begin operations in India.

What documents need notarising to register a company in India?

There are many documents that you may need to get notarised. It is likely that the documents you need to get notarised depend on your company type and if it is new or not. 

The types of documents that need notarisation includes:

  • Powers of Attorney
  • Memorandum of Association
  • Memorandum of Understanding
  • Tax return documents
  • Credit reports
  • Bank statements
  • Bank loan applications
  • Letters of Sponsorship
  • Certificate of Good Standing
  • Affidavits
  • Passports
  • Driving Licences

Other documents may also require notarisation. A full list of business documents that may require notarisation can be found on our

If you need any guidance, we recommend getting in touch with us. Our expert notary can help you with all of your notarisation needs.

What other requirements must I meet?

As well as getting your documents ready to be used in India, you must ensure that your company meets the requirements for registration.

There are a few minimum requirements for UK businesses that want to get register their company in India. These requirements are:

  • A registered office in India
  • Minimum two shareholders
  • Minimum two directors
  • One director must be an Indian resident
  • A Digital Signature Certificate for each individual director
  • Director Identification Number for each individual director
  • The directors and shareholders can be the same people

If you have met these requirements, your business is ready to operate in India.

Important things to know about registering a company in India

Types of businesses

There are several types of business structures available for organisations that wish do business in India. The options are:

  • Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
  • Private Limited Company (PLC)
  • Public Limited Company (Ltd.)
  • Partnership
  • Sole Proprietorship 
  • Joint-Venture Company
  • Non-Government Organisation (NGO)

It can take 68 days to register a business in India.


Resident companies and non-resident companies have different tax rates. Domestic companies have a rate of 25%. Meanwhile, non-resident companies have a tax rate of 40%. 

Financial statements are submitted annually, with the fiscal year ending on the 31 March.

Domestic companies, LLPs, and partnerships, are liable for tax on their global income. Non-resident organisations are liable for tax on income gained in India.

How we can help you

To be able to use your documents in India, they will first need to be notarised. Notary Public of England and Wales, Nathan Woodcock, can assist you with this. 

You can meet Nathan at one of our offices, or make use of our convenient mobile notary service to meet him at a time and place of your choosing.

Once your documents have been notarised, they will need to be given an apostille by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). We can manage the whole process of getting an apostille from the FCDO for you. You can choose from our standard apostille service, or our fast-track service which is quicker.

Get in touch with us using our form, on email at, or by phone at 0800 049 2471. 


If you have any questions about our notary, apostille or consular services,
contact Woodcock Notary Public today.

Call us on 0800 049 2471 (free to call) or email

If you have any questions about our notary, apostille or consular services, contact Woodcock Notary Public today.

Call us on 0800 049 2471 (free to call) or email