How to Check GST Registration Status Through ARN

Follow these simple steps to check your GST registration status using your application reference number.
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06 October 2023

To make filing GST easy and user-friendly, the Indian Government has given every taxpayer access to an online portal. The official GST portal simplifies the process, but to start, you need to register your company. You can proceed with an online application and complete the registration online. Once done, it takes 15 days for your application to get registered. In the meantime, you can check the GST registration status using your Application Reference Number (ARN) on the GST official portal.

What is the ARN number?

Application Reference Number (ARN) is a unique number that is assigned to each transaction that is completed at the GST portal. ARN is generated when a GST enrolment application is submitted using a digital signature. ARN can be used to track the status of the GST registration application.

Why is the GST ARN number important?

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Application Reference Number (ARN) is a unique identification number generated after the initial filing of GST returns. The ARN number is essential as it acts as proof of submission of the GST return and is necessary to track the return's status.

The ARN number is also required to make any amendments or changes to the GST return. It ensures that all GST tax-filing procedures are tracked and transparent for businesses. Furthermore, it helps streamline the tax administration process, minimizes errors, and promotes accountability in the GST system.

What are the different types of GST ARN application status?

The GST ARN (Application Reference Number) status indicates the stage of processing an application has reached, and there are six different types of GST ARN application status:

  1. Submitted: This status indicates that the application has been successfully submitted.
  2. Pending for processing: This status indicates that the application is waiting for processing.
  3. Validation against error: This status indicates that the application has failed validation, and there is an error in the application.
  4. Re-submission requested: This status indicates that the applicant needs to rectify the errors and re-submit the application.
  5. Approved: This status indicates that the application has been approved.
  6. Rejected: This status indicates that the application has been rejected due to incorrect or incomplete information.

How to check GST registration status

  • Step 1: First, make your way to the GST official portal.
  • Step 2: Proceed to the 'services' tab. Under this tab, you will find a header by the name of 'registration'.
  • Step 3: Next, click on the 'registration' header to get three options: 'New Registration', 'track application status', and 'application for filing clarifications'
  • Step 4: Now, click 'track application status' and enter your ARN in the given space. Input the captcha code in the next step and click 'search'.

If you enter the right code without any spaces or typos, you will receive your GST registration status on your screen within seconds. However, each terminology represents a different set of information. Read on to the next segment to know what each entails.

Additional Read: What is GSTIN (Goods and Services Tax Identification Number)

What does each GST registration status mean?

At every stage of your registration application, you will get a written status basis of the stage it is. By decoding your status, it will be easy for you to gauge your application's progress. Here are the terms that you will come across when checking your GST registration status:

Provisional status

This means that your application has not been filed yet. However, owing to the successful submission of your application, a provisional ID has been released for you.

Pending for verification status

This status means that your application has been successfully filed. However, the same has not been verified yet.

Validation against error status

This status means the PAN details you provided do not match with the details provided by the IT department. On seeing this status, proceed to rectify your application at the earliest.

Migrated status

This status gives you a positive head-up and mentions that your application for migration to GST has been made successfully.

Cancelled status

A cancelled status indicates that your application has failed. This means you will have to reapply by rectifying the problems or are not entitled to GST registration as per the GST laws.

Based on your GST registration status, plan the way forward. Since you need to file GST within a prescribed timeline, it is best to initiate the process as soon as you get a heads-up on your status. This will allow you to be on track with GST returns.


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Frequently asked questions

How do I track my GST ARN status?

To track your GST ARN status, visit the GST portal and enter your ARN number. The status of your application will be displayed on the screen.

How many days will it take to get the GST number after the ARN number?

The time taken to get the GST number after the ARN number varies based on the application's processing time and the completeness of the application.

What is the full form of ARN?

The full form of ARN is 'Application Reference Number'.

What is the difference between ARN and GST?

ARN is the unique identification number given to an application for registration under GST, while GST is the tax levied on the supply of goods and services in India.

What is the fee for ARN registration?

There is no fee for ARN registration as it is a unique reference number assigned to a particular GST registration application.

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