A Digital Platform To Guide Business Specific Approvals

National Single Window System

National Single Window System

The National Single Window System (NSWS) is a digital platform to guide you to identify and apply for business – specific approvals based on your business requirements. The Know Your Approvals (KYA) module provides guidance for 32 Central Departments and 31 States. The portal hosts applications for approvals from 26 Central Departments and 19 State Governments onboarded namely Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand.. These approvals can be applied through NSWS.

On September 22, 2021, Shri Piyush Goyal, the Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, and Textiles, soft-launched the NSWS to all stakeholders and the general public. In accordance with the budget’s announcement of the establishment of an Investment Clearance Cell (ICC), the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) established NSWS in order to provide a single platform for investors, entrepreneurs, and businesses in India to identify and obtain the approvals and clearances they require.

The system is envisioned to reduce duplicity of information submission to different ministries, reduce compliance burden, promote sector specific reforms and schemes, reduce gestation period of projects, and promote ease of starting and doing business. A true National Single Window System, enables the identification, application, and subsequent tracking of approvals for all integrated States and Central Departments. The investor community is quickly adopting the portal, which currently has more than 3.7 lakh unique visitors. 44,000+ approvals have been facilitated through NSWS.


All approvals in one location

Get everything you need in one location, eliminating the need to visit various states, Ministries, and Departments.

Real time tracking applications

Status in real time makes it simple to plan your next steps.

A secure document repository 

Upload documents once and use them in all of your applications.

Simple renewal 

A simple interface makes it simple to renew your approvals.

Quick query management 

Receive a prompt response to your questions from our dedicated staff.

Know your approvals

Utilize the intelligent questionnaire to quickly determine which approvals your company may require.

Central Approval

Central Approvals issued by the Ministries of the Government of India total 592 approvals it includes 143 approvals of  Ministry of Commerce and Industry such as :

Approval of DPIIT for transfer of SCO land to Central Government / Central Government PSU/ State Government / State Government PSU /Approval of Short Term Lease of SCO Land/Brand Promotion of Indian Brands in Footwear and Leather Sector sub-scheme of IFLDP / Copyright/DESIGN STUDIO sub-scheme of IFLDP during 2021-26/Designs Registration/Foreign Investment Approval/Industrial License – IDR Act/Industrial/Entrepreneurs Memorandum/Industrial License – Arms Act/License to/import pressure vessel /Patents /Registration as a Startup/Registration of a layout-design /Trademarks /Approval as Co-developer /Auction Organizer License/ Broker Licenser/Buyer Registration Certificate/Import / Export of Restricted items/Setting up of SEZ unit/Registration Cum Membership Certificate for Export of Coffee/Tea Exporter License/License for selling, exporting or importing seeds

Other department approvals

Permanent Account Number (PAN)/ Approval to establish a branch office in India/Registration as Investment Advisor/Registration as a Depository or Depository Participant/Registration as a Foreign Portfolio Manager/Licensing as Payments Bank/Licensing as Small Finance Bank/Registration as underwriter/Registration of Mutual Fund/Registration as a Taxpayer/Registration as a Taxpayer (Casual taxable person)/Registration as a Taxpayer (Non-resident taxable person)/Registration as a Taxpayer (under composition scheme)/Registration to manufacture and trade controlled substances set out in Schedule A/Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number (TAN)

Registration under the Building and Other Construction Workers Act 1996/Registration under the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970/Udyam Aadhaar/Registration for MSME/Registration with the Coir Board/Registration for the export of coir fiber, coir yarn or coir products or blended

9 approvals of  Ministry of Commerce and Industry such as :

Approval for reservation of a name of limited liability partnership/Declaration of Commencement of Business by a Company /Director Identification Number (DIN)/Registration as an Independent Director in the Databank of Independent Directors/Registration for incorporation of a limited liability partnership/Registration for obtaining designated partner identification number (DPIN)/Registration for reservation of name of a foreign limited liability partnership /Registration of place of business in India by a foreign limited liability partnership/Incorporation of a Company

Approvals in Kerala

License to Fertilizer Retail Dealer/License to Manufacture Insecticides/License to Manufacture of Physical Fertilizer Mixtures/License to Sell/Stock or Exhibit for Sale or Distribute Insecticides Retail/License to Sell/Stock or Exhibit for Sale or Distribute Insecticides Wholesale/License to Wholesale Fertilizer Distributor/Pest control operations/License for Movie Shooting at State Protected Monument/Formal Prior Recognition/Recognition to School (CBSE, ICSE)/Recognition to School (State Syllabus)/Licensing of Contractor under Contract Labour Act 1970/Registration under Building and Other Construction Workers Act 1996/Registration under Shops and Establishment Act, 1960/The Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act, 1970/Importer Registration/License for Manufacturer/ Dealer/ Repairer Manufacturer/packer Registration /Packer/Importer Registration/Building Permit (Rural Local Bodies) /Development/Redevelopment Permit /Application for Power Connection

Application for water connection /Registration under The E-waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011/Self-Certification/Third party Certification

NSWS provides following online services: – 

Know Your Approval (KYA) Service: a smart information wizard that makes a list of approvals that every business needs to start up. It accomplishes this by asking the investor a series of dynamic questions about their planned business activities and determining, based on the responses, which approvals are required. The questionnaire, simple and user friendly on the surface, has a complex, automated logic built into it to sieve through hundreds of approvals, and shortlists only those relevant to the specific investor or entrepreneur. 

 This service is only for guidance purposes and does not constitute any legal advice.

  • Common Registration Form: To ensure a single point of submission of information and documents across Ministries and States, a unified information capturing system along with a common registration form has been introduced. Information is auto-populated on forms, eliminating the need to fill in the same information again. 
  • State registration form: Enables investors to have seamless single click access to respective State Single Window System.
  • Applicant dashboard: Provides a single online interface to apply, track and respond to the queries pertaining to approvals and registrations across ministries and States. 
  • Document storage: a centralized online storage service for investors that lets them submit documents once and use them for multiple approvals. Documents no longer need to be submitted at multiple portals as a result of this.
  • The module for e-communication: allows Ministries and States to respond to questions and requests for clarification about their applications online.


  1. How does the National Single Window System operate?

The National Single Window System will bring together several State Governments, Central Ministries, and other Departments into one platform and provide  solutions to investors while applying for approvals and registrations which are required during the pre-establishment and pre-operation stages of setting up a business in India.

  1. What is the role of Invest India in the National Single Window System?

Invest India works under the guidance of the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT). It manages the National Single Window System project by conceptualizing and designing the portal for onboarding of the various Ministries and States, maintaining the portal, and monitoring the performance of the portal.