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Lost Your FSSAI License? Here is How to Apply for a Duplicate Copy

The FSSAI license or registration is a very important document for any food business operating in India. It authorizes the company to manufacture, store, distribute, import, or sell its food products after meeting all the prescribed safety norms and standards. But what if you have misplaced the original FSSAI certification document and are unable to find it despite your best efforts? No need to panic. You can promptly apply for a duplicate copy of the FSSAI license by following the correct procedure.

Here we provides a step-by-step explainer on getting a replacement copy of your lost FSSAI food license or registration certificate quickly through the proper channel.

  • When is a Duplicate FSSAI License Required?

    A duplicate copy of the FSSAI certification needs to be obtained if:

    • The original registration or license document is lost, damaged, or destroyed.
    • The document becomes illegible making important details unclear.
    • Only a photocopy is available but operations require an original certificate.
    • Shifting premises requires an updated license with the new address.
    • There is a change in business ownership but the license is with the previous owner.

    In such cases, applying for a duplicate license enables you to continue food business operations seamlessly.

  • Eligibility Criteria for FSSAI Duplicate License

    Only current FSSAI registration holders are eligible to apply for a duplicate copy if they have:

    • Completed the initial online application process and received original certification earlier.
    • Valid registration status and have been undergoing audits and complying with FSSAI norms.
    • All required documents for address proof, business details, and ID proof of license holder.
    • Not undergone any suspension or cancellation of FSSAI certification recently.

  • Key Steps to Apply for a Duplicate FSSAI License

    1. Visit the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s portal FOSCOS.
    2. Under the Online Systems tab, select the 'Duplicate License' option.
    3. Fill out the application form with your registered email ID, mobile number, and other business details.
    4. Enter your 14-digit FSSAI registration number and upload documents as per portal requirements.
    5. Make the applicable fee payment online via net banking, UPI, debit/credit card, etc.
    6. Download and save the digitally signed duplicate license copy once approved.
    7. Prominently display the new duplicate certificate at your food premises.

  • Documents Needed for Duplicate FSSAI License

    • Copy of original/previous FSSAI registration certificate (if available)
    • Address proof of business location
    • Photo ID proof of license holder
    • An undertaking stating the loss of the original license
    • Police complaint report (in case of theft or accidental loss)
    • Proof of business activity continuity

  • Is GST Registration Mandatory for FSSAI License?

    Yes, a valid 15-digit GSTIN registration number is mandatory to apply for and get FSSAI certification. FSSAI license applications cannot be processed if the business does not have active GST registration.

  • Who Needs FSSAI Registration?

    FSSAI registration is compulsory for all entities involved in handling food up to the retail stage including manufacturers, transporters, distributors, stockists, suppliers, warehousing firms, and food service operators like messes, hotels, restaurants, etc. Basically, any business dealing with the sale or service of food products requires FSSAI registration or licence. Homemakers, end consumers, and entities using food for charitable or religious purposes are exempt.

  • Expired FSSAI licence?

    Get it renewed today or risk heavy penalties. Keep your compliance intact! : Here You Can Apply For Fssai License Renewal

Conclusion:

Maintaining proper records helps avoid the need for a duplicate FSSAI license. But if required due to unforeseen circumstances, going through the official FSSAI process ensures you receive a valid replacement certificate promptly with minimal disruption to business operations.

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