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Section 396 of Companies Act 2013: Registration Offices

SECTION-396 (Registration offices) under CHAPTER-XXIV (Registration Offices and Fees) of the Companies Act, 2013

(1) For the purposes of exercising such powers and discharging such functions as are conferred on the Central Government by or under this Act or under the rules made thereunder and for the purposes of registration of companies under this Act, the Central Government shall, by notification, establish such number of offices at such places as it thinks fit, specifying their jurisdiction.

(2) The Central Government may appoint such Registrars, Additional, Joint, Deputy and Assistant Registrars as it considers necessary for the registration of companies and discharge of various functions under this Act, and the powers and duties that may be exercisable by such officers shall be such as may be prescribed.

(3) The terms and conditions of service, including the salaries payable to persons appointed under sub-section (2), shall be such as may be prescribed.

(4) The Central Government may direct a seal or seals to be prepared for the authentication of documents required for, or connected with, the registration of companies.

Extra Notes for Readers

(1) The Companies Act, 2013 received the assent of the President on the 29th August, 2013 (Published in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part II - Section 1 by Ministry of Law and Justice, Legislative Department on 30th August, 2013)

(2) Section 396 of the Companies Act 2013 was notified by MCA Notification S.O. 902(E) dated 26th March 2014 (w.e.f. 1st April 2014)

(3) Relevant rules of the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014 (w.e.f. 1st April 2014)
  • Rule 4 - Registration offices
  • Rule 5 - Powers and duties of Registrars
  • Rule 6 - Seal of Registrar
Note: Please check MCA site for any further amendments to the Companies (Registration Offices and Fees) Rules, 2014.

(4) Jurisdiction of Registrar of Companies for the State of Telangana - MCA notification S.O. 1525(E) dated 13th June, 2014.

(5) Central Govt notified the jurisdictions of Regional Directors vide notification no. G.S.R 832(E) dated
3rd November, 2015.

Central Govt established a Central Registration Centre (CRC) vide notification S.O. 218(E) dated 22nd January, 2016.

(7) J
urisdiction of Regional Director for the State of Telangana - MCA notification S.O. 1556(E) dated 26th April, 2016.

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