How to do Magazine Registration in India?

If you are looking at starting the business of publication of magazines, you are supposed to follow many norms and procedures as prescribed by the Government of India. Firstly, you will have to register the magazine that you propose to publish.

Here are the procedures to be followed:

1. Approach the Regional Magistrate court.

2. Prepare the application in the format as prescribed

3. Obtain R. Dis Number allotted by the magistrate court

4. Applying to Registrar of Newspapers for India (RNI), Delhi office for name availability through the magistrate court

5. It would take about 90 days of time for the RNI, Delhi office to approve the name as proposed.

6. Once the name is approved by Delhi office, then approach the magistrate court to get a date allotted for hearing (date can be allotted anytime between 1 to 4 months from the date of request)

7. Printer, Publisher & Editor are required to appear before the magistrate for taking oath.

8. Following Documents must be produced during the time of appearance;
•    Declaration copy which has to be filled by Printer, Publisher & Editor and to produce 3 copies each.
•    Address & Id proof of the Printer, Publisher & Editor.
•    Printing Press License copy of the Printer.
9. After this is done, there will be an approval to this effect from the Magistrate court.

10. Then, the magazine can be published.

11. The copies of the magazines have to be submitted to the RNI, Regional office for the final approval.

12. They will evaluate whether the magazine meets the criteria specified in the declaration.

13. Once they are satisfied, they will issue a RNI certificate.

14. Both the R. Dis Number and RNI Number have to be mentioned on each copy of the magazine.

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10 Responses to “How to do Magazine Registration in India?”

  1. Raghav says:


    Are there any firms that undertake the magazine registration service?



    Reply from Cogzidel:

    Dear Raghav,

    Thanks for writing to Cogzidel.

    There are no dedicated firms that do Magazine Registration.

    Cogzidel does it as one of our portfolio of services.

    Pls contact us at in case you are interested.

    Cogzidel Team

  2. Rp times says:

    i want to register anew magazine political in up, Allahabad. Can you help me out ?

    Reply by Cogzidel:

    Thanks for writing to Cogzidel.

    All the very best for your interest in starting a magazine.

    Cogzidel can help you, pls contact us at

    Cogzidel Team

  3. Sir, does it really take 90 days for registration?

    Reply from Cogzidel:

    Yes, Mr. Kratik. Usually, it takes about 90 days for the name approval.

    Cogzidel Team

  4. Arman says:

    Is the process same for online newsletters also?

    Answer by Cogzidel:

    Dear Mr. Arman,

    For online newsletters, there is no registration process.

    If you charge your subscribers for the newsletter download, then you will fall under the Service Tax Net, and hence registration under Service Tax is compulsory.

    Cogzidel Team

  5. Vachaspati says:

    Good information about registering a magazine or daily….
    I desperatly need it. Thank Q

  6. hariharan says:

    very useful informations thanks

  7. Ankush jain says:

    Hey thanx for the information…

    Ankush Jain

  8. Dr. Dipankar Basu says:

    Excellent information. All new publishers need it . It will be of great help for a magazine publisher.

  9. sunil says:

    thanks ! more useful information

  10. manikantan says:

    thank s for the information

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