The Step-by-Step Guide for One Person Company Registration

What is a one-person company registration and what is the law governing it?

As the name suggests a one-person company is one that has only one shareholder as its member. The other members are just subscribers to its memorandum of association, as stated in the Companies Act 2013.

When there is only one founder or promoter OPC is a preferred business registration model as compared to sole proprietorship, due to the many advantages that come with it.

How to register a one-person company?

If you are interested in registering a one-person company in India, first and foremost you need to subscribe your name to the memorandum of association. The Companies Act 2013 governs the one-person company registration process, according to which details of a nominee need to be furnished at the time of registration, in case the original member dies or is incapacitated for contractual relations.

The memorandum and the nominee’s consent are then filed to the Registrar of Companies with the application for registration.

Documents requirements to register a one-person company

Note: It is mandatory that the OPC director must self-attest to the first three documents. In the case of a foreign citizen or an NRI all paperwork be not arised, if they are currently living in India or a non-commonwealth country or apostilled if they are residing in a commonwealth country at present.


Documents Needed for the Registered Office

Note: The registered office space needs to be a commercial premise, but even if it is the director’s residence it is ok.

Process and post compliances of one-person company registration 

The three main steps are:

Applying for Digital Signature Certificates through an online portal

Incorporation forms (e Spice +, e MOA, e Agile+) to be filled and submitted to MCA

Collecting the Certificate of registration issued by MCA after scrutiny of documents


Post-registration the following need to be taken care of:


The benefits of one-person company registration


Among the many advantages of a One-person company are the following:

 The Director is not personally liable for the debts of the company 

Fully vested in the hands of the single member

Talented employees get bespoke benefits from the company

The Director can also be an employee of the company.

The company can own assets in its own name and can sell them as well as sue and can be sued in a court of law.

The member may easily exit the Company by simply signing a Share Transfer Form. 


Why hiring a consultant is necessary for one-person company registration? 

Filing registration documents with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs requires detailed processes like applying for Digital signature certificates through online portals, preparation of incorporation forms, and all the follow-up work after incorporation. The services of legal experts can make the whole process a streamlined one with a quicker time to registration.

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