FCRA Registration

Foreign contribution has been defined in Section 2(1)(h) of FCRA, 2010. However, foreign contribution excludes earnings from foreign client(s) by an association in lieu of goods sold or services rendered by it as this is a transaction of commercial nature.


These are some features are :

  1. Authentic Presence
  2. Transparency Guaranteed
  3. Helpful in Getting Government Grants
  4. Unique Registration ID from Government of India’s NGO Darpan
  5. Trust Factor

Documents Required

Following documents are required for registration purpose:

  1. A copy of the initial FCRA registration certificate.
  2. Certified True Copy of society's registration certificate.
  3. Certified True Copy of Governing Body/ Council resolution for transferring FCRA bank account.
  4. Copy of latest FC - 3 Return (with en-closures).
  5. Letter from the new bank where account is opened confirming details of bank account opened exclusively for foreign contribution.


FCRA Registration about 45 working days.


Contributions made by a citizen of India living in another country (i.e. Non-Resident Indian), from his personal savings, through the normal banking channels, is not treated as foreign contribution. However, while accepting any donations from such NRI, it is advisable to obtain his passport details to ascertain that he/she is an Indian passport holder.

Yes. Any amount received from 'foreign source' in rupees or foreign currency is construed as 'foreign contribution' under law. Such transactions even in rupees term are considered foreign contribution.

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