Name Approval by CRC

Central Government established Central Registration Centre (CRC) with a specific objective of carrying out the process and disposal of applications sent for reserving the name of the company as per Companies Act.

What is CRC?

CRC stands for Central Registration Centre which is launched by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs(MCA) for providing greater “Ease of doing business” to speedy incorporation of name approval applications.

What is the procedure of applying for the unique name of the company?

When a person incorporates a company or is planning to change the name of the company then the person has to file for a name for his company which shall not be similar to any other company’s name. This form which is filed is called the Reserving Unique Name (RUN) form. This entire process of choosing a unique name and getting it approved by the central registration centre (CRC) can now be done online by simply filing the RUN form.

What are the reasons for non-approval of the name applications?

Some of the few reasons for the rejection from CRC are:

  • The name proposed, already exists
  • The proposed name is similar to a registered trademark
  • The name proposed is not unique
  • The proposed name sounds too similar to an existing name and more

To avoid such rejection, we should need to follow certain precautions while applying for the name of the company such as:

  • Propose a unique name
  • Try two add another word to the name to increase the possibility
  • Justify the name in the comment section of the RUN form
  • Attach the proof along with NOC if approval from the existing company or trademark user is received
  • Explain as to why the proposed is suitable for the business activity.

These are the following guidelines as prescribed in the Companies Act, 2013 that can help you minimise the possibility of rejection of name.

Note: These guidelines do not guarantee 100% name approval

What can all companies name be reserved under RUN?

Several companies can get its name reserved under RUN with the following suffix:

Type of Company

Suffix required

Limited/Private Limited Company Limited/Private limited
One Person Company (OPC) Pvt. Ltd.
Section 8 company don't add words limited or private limited
Producer company Producer Limited Company
Unlimited company Unlimited
IFSC company IFSC Ltd./Pvt. Ltd.
Nidhi company Nidhi Limited

What precautions to take while applying for the name?

In case of avoiding rejection, it is better for the applicant to go through the guidelines of Companies (Incorporation) Rules 2014, as amended, and conduct their Name and Trade Mark search.

However, in some cases, the names that the applicant thinks is acceptable can be rejected by the Central Registration Centre (CRC). As CRC monitors extensive check on Company names like if they are phonetically similar or have a similar meaning in other languages.

How does the applicant get to know about the status of their application?

When any name is accepted or rejected, an email for the same with other details and related documents is sent to the applicant’s email Id. Application for the approval or rejection of the name is generated as an E-form and is signed digitally by the Registrar and is sent to the email id of the applicant.

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