How to apply online for FSSAI registration

Looking for the method to register online at FSSAI? Do you own home-based food business? Read this article to get a complete description of online registration at the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), an autonomous body established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, owns the responsibility to regulate and supervise food safety for the benefit of public health.

FSSAI has made it mandatory for every person/ unit who is involved in any of these food- related activities-

  • Manufacturing (dairy units, vegetable oil and processing units, slaughtering units, meat processing units, general manufacturing or any other substances added to food)
  • Trading/ retailing (storage including & excluding controlled atmosphere and cold, wholesaler, distributor, supplier, marketer, transportation with several specialized vehicles like insulated refrigerated van/ wagon and milk tankers etc., retailer and food vending agencies)
  • Food services (petty retailer of snacks/tea shops, hawker including itinerant/mobile food vendor, restaurants, food vending establishment, club/ canteen and hotel)
  • Airport/ Seaport (at any airport or seaport)
  • Central govt. agencies (food business activities like food canteen/catering services, storing, wholesaling, retailing, distributing food products at any central govt. premises)
  • Importer of food items including food ingredients and additives for commercial use.
  • Exporter of food products to other countries.
  • Food canteen/catering services for the Mid-Day Meal Scheme.
  • Food business activities through the e-commerce platform.
  • Head office for food business activities in more than one state with the same company/organisation name.

So if your annual turnover is not more than Rs. 12 lakhs (sale of up to 500 LPD of milk or up to 2.5 MT of milk solids per year in case of dairy units, the production capacity of food less than 100 kg/ltr per day in case of general manufacturing units), then you need to apply following the procedure mentioned below. Whether you are a home baker, home-based catering or food supplier, or selling any edible to the public; it is compulsory to get yourself registered. You also need to renew your registration before the expiry of the registration certificate/ license. Renewal can be done 180 days before the expiry date. Please note that a license is required for food businesses with an expected annual turnover of Rs. 12 lakhs.

Step by step procedure for online registration at FSSAI

Follow each step carefully as mentioned here:
  1. Go to the official web portal at the link provided here.
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  2. Click on FoSCos button
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  3. Click on the button meant for the registration certificates for petty food business operators
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  4. Enter your email Id or mobile number along with correct captcha as displayed on the screen. Enter OTP as received on your email Id or mobile number.
  5. Click on 'Apply for New Registration' button in the left panel.
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  6. Select the state where your business is located (your home location if you are a home baker or it is a home based business)
  7. Select the applicable option.
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  8. Home-based business owners should select the option of 'Food Vending Agencies' under Trade/ Retail.
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  9. Enter your details (name, address, etc.) and click on proceed button. Select the name of the food category you want to apply for. You can click on the 'Save and Add' button if you are eligible for more than one category. Enter Food Safety Mitra details (if applicable).
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  10. Upload the scanned copy of documents required as mentioned below. Provide details of food vending machines, if applicable. Check the declaration box and proceed further to make payment.

Make a payment of Rs. 100 which are registration charges. You can make online payment through RazorPay or Treasury Challan. Check the 'Application Reference No.' on this page on the right side of the screen.

Documents required

  • Scanned copy of the photograph
  • Scanned copy of valid identity proof (Aadhar card, PAN, Voter ID, Driving license, Passport, Arms license, Bank passbook, Freedom fighter ID card, Department ID, Senior Citizen card or Ration card.)
  • Proof of the address of business is also required if the address is different from that mentioned in the photo ID card. Proof of premises, Health NOC, NOC by Municipality/ Panchayat or any other document required.

Size of the photo should not be more than 3 MB and should be in .pdf, .jpeg, .jpg or .png form only.


Since the procedure provided above is for the registration certificates for petty food business operators, the charges are also very nominal.
  • Rs. 100 per year for the registration
  • Rs. 100 for modification
  • Rs. 100 per year for renewal

You can opt to register for 1 to 5 years in a single go. In such a case, you need to pay Rs. 100 for every year.

Do you still have any doubts? Are you still not able to register on your own? Drop a comment below and I shall be happy to help you.

Article by Nidhi
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Author: Umesh04 Nov 2020 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 4

This is a good article giving concise information for registering one's business in FSSAI site. The effort for registering all the food business of the country in a centralized agency culminated in the formation of FSSAI by the Govt as an autonomous body. It operates under the Ministry of Public health and its legal framework is backed by the ‘Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006'. In view of the increasing trend of husband and wife both opting for jobs, it is natural that the dependence on these catering or food providing outlets is going to increase in future. In view of this, it is necessary to comply with the policies of Govt and adhere to regulations in the food industry. Once a seller puts the FSSAI number or logo on his product then it is understood that he has complied with the existing guidelines and the buyer also can have confidence in the product because any shortcoming would lead to action against the seller whose registration number and details are already with the FSSAI.

Author: Nidhi06 Nov 2020 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

One thing I forgot in the article is that the photo and documents should be self-attested. In other words, you should put your signatures on your photograph and ID proof before uploading them.

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