NBFC Registration

NBFC Company Registration

Non Banking Financial Incorporation (NBFC): 

Are fast emerging as an important segment of Indian economy.

NBFC offers almost everything as banks do.

Performing financial intermediation in a variety of ways.

Making loans.

Accepting deposits, and



Hire- Purchase.

NBFC can raise funds from the public, directly or indirectly, and can freely lend them to ultimate spenders.

The minimum tenure to accept deposits is 12 months and the maximum period of 60 months.

NBFC advance loans to the various small wholesale and retail traders and self-employed persons.

NBFC is very popular due to attractive interest rates on deposits.

The working and operations of NBFC are regulated by the Reserve Bank of India  within the framework of the Reserve Bank of India Act.

Section 45-IA provides that no NBFC shall commence or carry on the business of Non Banking Financial Institution without obtaining a Certificate of Registration issued by the Reserve Bank of India.

(NBFC) Similar to that of a bank, except for the following differences:-

It cannot accept demand deposits

It cannot issue cheque drawn on itself

Non Banking financial Incorporation in India is classified under three types:-

:- Asset finance companies (AFC)

:- Investment company (IC)

:-Loan company (LC)

(NBFC) is classified into the following categories:

  • Development finance institutions
  • Investment companies
  • Discount & guarantee houses
  • Corporate development companies
  • Venture capital companies
  • Leasing companies
  • House finance companies

Advantages of an NBFC

  • Provides loans and credit facilities to Public
  • Trading money market instruments
  • Funding private education & Business
  • Wealth management
  • Discounting services e.g. discounting of instruments
  • Underwrite stock and shares, TFCs and other obligations

Procedure for NBFC Registration :


Company registration

The first step is to form a new Company (Private Limited or Public Limited) under the Companies Act


Minimum Net Owned Fund

NOF should be Rs. 200 Lac After the incorporation of a new Company in the form of Equity share capital. The Capital to be raised after incorporation of a company here should be Equity Share Capital and not Preference Share Capital.


The opening of a Bank Account

The amount which is received post incorporation of the company shall be deposited in a bank account as Fixed Deposit and its must be free from all aliens.


Application to RBI for Business Operations.


RBI will conduct due diligence and will issue certificate of commencement of business.

Documents required

From All Directors and Shareholder.

  • Certified copy of up-to-date Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Company.
  • Banker’s Report in a sealed envelope.
  • Auditors report about receipt of minimum net owned fund.
  • A certificate of Chartered Accountant regarding details of group/associate/subsidiary/holding companies along with details of investments in other NBFCs as shown in the Proforma Balance Sheet

FAQs on NBFC Registration

1. What does conducting financial activity as “principal business” mean?

When a company’s financial assets constitute more 50% of the total assets and income from financial assets constitute more than 50% of the total income. If a company meets the both condition mandatory required as NBFC by RBI.

2. NBFCs are doing functions similar to banks. What is difference between banks & NBFCs?

NBFC offers almost everything as banks do, performing financial intermediation in a variety of ways, making loans, accepting deposits, and advances, leasing, hire purchase, etc. NBFC can raise funds from the public, directly or indirectly, and can freely lend them to ultimate spenders.

3. What is the maximum limit to accept deposits from public?

W.e.f from 31-03-2016, NBFC can accept maximum 1.5 times of Net owned fund.

4. Is it necessary that every NBFC should be registered with RBI?

In accordance with section 45-1A of the RBI Act. 1934, for doing lending and accepting deposits from public every such company requires prior approval from the Reserve of bank of India.

5. What are the requirements for registration with RBI?

The Minimum net owned fund of NBFC should be not less than Rs. 200 Lakh and principal objectives making loans, accepting deposits, and advances, leasing, hire purchase, etc. NBFC can raise funds from the public, directly or indirectly.

6. What are banking activities banned for NBFC?

NBFC cannot accept demand deposits and cannot issue cheque drawn on itself.

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Particulars NBFC-ND


Nidhi Company
(Mutual benefits Society )
Credit Co    society
(Micro Finance )
Governing Laws RBI Act. 1934 Companies Act. 2013 MSCS Act. 2002 RBI Act. 1934
Recommended for Commercial Banking Business Member based
Mutual benefit society
Non-Commercial Banking and NPO Poor and lower income group.
Initial Capital Minimum Rs. 2 Crore Rs. 10 Lakh For General credit Rs. 2 Lakh and for Urban bank Rs. 4 Crore Minimum Rs. 5 Crore.
Loan Limit No. No. No. Maximum Rs. 50,000
Members 7 / 2 7 at the time of registration and after registration min 200. Min 50 from at least 2 state. In total 100 7 / 2
Directors 3/2 3 7 3/2
Operations PAN India PAN India In a District or state PAN India
Credibility 10/10 8/10 6/10 10/10
Registration time Maximum 90 Working days Maximum 20 working days Maximum 120 working days Maximum 180 Working days
Registering Authority ROC & RBI  Registrar of Companies State Government and Central Govt. ROC & RBI
Popular High Medium Low High
Deposits No. Yes. From only its members Yes. freely from public with certain limitation No.
Loan To Everyone To Members only To Everyone For lower income group
Funding From Members and FDI From Members only From Members and Public From Members and Governments
Government aid No. No Low High
RBI License Yes. No. No. Yes.
RBI Act Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.