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How to check your GST registration (ARN) status

  • Highlights

  • Use ARN to check your GST registration status

  • Head to the GST portal to check GST registration status

  • Rectify PAN details in case of error status

  • Once registered, file GST on time as per the law

In order to make the process of 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 with 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 ARN Number?

Acquirer reference number (ARN), is a unique number that tags a credit card transaction when it goes from the acquiring bank to the cardholder's bank. Banks could use this number to trace a transaction with an acquirer.

How to check GST registration status

  • First, make your way to the GST official portal at https://www.gst.gov.in/.

  • Then, proceed to the ‘services’ tab. Under this tab you will find ‘registration’ header.

  • Next, click on the ‘registration’ header to get 3 options: ‘New Registration’, ‘Track Application Status’, and ‘Application for Filing Clarifications’.

GST registration tracking
  • Now, click ‘Track Application Status’ and enter your ARN in the given space. Input the captcha code in the next step and click ‘search’.

How to check GST registration status

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

Additional read: What is GSTIN (goods and services tax identification number)?

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What does each GST registration status mean?

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

  • Provisional status: This means 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 yet been verified.

  • 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 done 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 for GST registration as per 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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