Intermediaries play a pivotal andvaluable role in promoting sale of Mutual Funds. It is therefore vital thatthose engaged in selling Mutual Funds have the highest standards of knowledgeattitude and ethics. Their well being, quality orientation and ways of doingbusiness will have a significant impact on how the Mutual Fund Industrydevelops in the future.
AMFI introduced the process to registerthe intermediaries who have passed the certification test as AMFI Registered Mutual Fund Distributor (ARMFD), thus laying the foundation for an organizedindustry and allotting a unique code-AMFI Registration Number (ARN)along withan identity card. SEBI recognizing the importance of this initiative taken byAMFI had made Registration with AMFI after passing AMFI Certification Testcompulsory for intermediaries. SEBI has clarified that after obtainingcertification from NISM as per changed mandate (w.e.f. June 01, 2010), therequirement of registration with AMFI, in terms of its circular dated November28, 2002 would continue.
As such, all NISM CertifiedIntermediaries engaged in marketing and selling of Mutual Fund schemes arerequired to be registered with AMFI after passing NISM Certification Test. Minimum age for obtaining ARN is 18 years. TheMutual Funds will not be able to deal with intermediaries who are not registeredwith AMFI and obtained ARN.
In terms of SEBI Circulardated September 13, 2012, "AMFI shall create a unique identity number ofthe employee/ relationship manager/ sales person of the distributor interactingwith the investor for the sale of mutual fund products, in addition to the AMFIRegistration Number (ARN) of the distributor.The application form for mutualfund schemes shall have provision for disclosing the unique identity number ofsuch sales personnel along with the ARN of the distributor."
The AMFI Registration Number (ARN) has been introduced as the unique code, which identifies the intermediary as ARMFD.
In order to promote best practices and ethical standards in the business of sale of Mutual Fund schemes, AMFI has formulated broad guidelines and norms including a code of conduct for the intermediaries, which will be applicable to ARMFD.
AMFI believes that a sincere endeavor to adhere to the guidelines and the code would help promote best and healthy practices in the area of sales and marketing which would ultimately benefit all concerned - the investor, the intermediary and the industry as a whole.
In terms above mentioned notification and SEBI circulars, employees/ relationship manager/ sales person of ARN holders who are engaged in marketing of Mutual Funds Products, are also required to pass test and register with AMFI, under ARN of the employer.
AMFI, has allotted Employee Unique Identity Number (EUIN) to all the employees, who are registered with AMFI and having valid registration. A photo identity card bearing EUIN is also being issued to the existing corporate employees after they surrender existing corporate employee ARN card issued to them.
The employees would be henceforth issued EUIN card containing EUIN, name, photo and validity period of EUIN.
The said EUIN is required to be mentioned on the Mutual Fund scheme application forms with effect from January 1, 2013.
EUIN issued to the employees would remain same, even if they change their employment and join some other ARN holder for selling/ marketing Mutual Fund products. However, for effecting such change in AMFI's records, the employees are required to submit duly filled in form for mapping EUIN as stated here under.
The employees are required to fill up the form for mapping EUIN in the following scenarios and submit the duly filled in and signed form to CAMS along with required documents.
AMFI has authorized M/s Computer Age Management Services Pvt. Ltd. (CAMS) to act as processing agent on its behalf for the purpose of ARN.
For registering with AMFI, Intermediaries are required to apply in the prescribed form. The form can be obtained from the office of AMFI or any office of CAMS. Alternatively, the form can also be downloaded from AMFI's website
Documents & Fees : For the details of fees and documents required to be submitted by various categories of intermediaries for obtaining ARN and by employees for obtaining EUIN, please click here
Fees payable for obtaining duplicate ARN card due to change of name, address, ARN card lost, etc. in case of individuals/senior citizens is ₹ 1000/- plus 18% GST i.e. ₹1180/-
Fees payable for obtaining duplicate EUIN card due to change of name/ EUIN card lost, etc. in case of corporate employees is ₹ 1000/- plus 18% GST i.e. ₹1180/-.
Fees payable for issue of duplicate Letter of Registration in case corporates is ₹ 5000/- plus 18% GST i.e. ₹5,900/-.
§ ₹ 10,000/- plus 18% GST i.e. ₹11,800/-.
§ the fees payable would be higher of
§ ₹ 10,000/- plus 18% GST i.e. ₹11,800/- and
§ the differential fee along with 18% GST thereon, if the change in status is from a category charged with lower registration fee to a category charged with higher registration fee.
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Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has advised AMFI to review the existing registration procedure for Mutual Fund Distributors and initiate necessary action to strengthen the same to ensure correctness of information furnished in the registration application and also to have in person verification of the ARN holders.
AMFI has therefore decided to introduce Know Your Distributor (KYD) process for the Mutual Fund distributors with effect from September 1, 2010. The KYD procedure consists of document verification and Bio-metric process. The distributor is therefore required to apply for KYD simultaneously along with application for registration of ARN. Please click here for detailed process note and KYD application form for
AMFI has engaged the services of Computer Age Management Services Ltd. (CAMS) to carry out the KYD process through their centres referred as "CAMS POS".
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ARN holders/ EUIN holders are required to apply for renewal of ARN/ EUIN on or six months prior to expiry of validity period of ARN/ EUIN. If the renewal application is submitted prior to expiry of validity period of ARN/ EUIN and the same is found in order, there would be continuity in the validity period of ARN/ EUIN, post renewal.
If the renewal application is submitted after expiry of ARN/ EUIN, validity of renewed ARN/ EUIN would commence from the date of submission of renewal application and would be valid up to the validity date mentioned on the NISM passing certificate/ CPE Certificate, in case of individual/ senior citizens/ employees. In case of Corporate ARN holders, Letter of Registration shall be renewed for a period of three years from the date of submission of ARN renewal application.
The procedure for renewal of ARN / Letter of Registration is as under :
ARN holders are required to make an application in the prescribed form. Download the ARN renewal form for
Fees for renewal of ARN/ EUIN : For the details of fees required to be submitted byvarious categories of intermediaries for renewal of ARN and by employees forrenewal of EUIN, please click here
The following CPE Providers are empanelled with NISM to conduct the Continuing Professional Education program for Mutual Fund Distributors :
|S.No||Name of CPE Provider||E-mail Id||Contact Details|
|1||Centre for Investor Education & Learning Pvt. Ltd. (CIEL)||email@example.com||022-42170575 |
|2||Financial Technologies Knowledge Management Co. Ltd. (FTKMC)||firstname.lastname@example.org||022 - 67318840 |
022 - 67318908
|3||National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM)||email@example.com||022 – 66735100-05|
|4||National Securities Depository Ltd. (NSDL)||firstname.lastname@example.org||022 - 24994487, |
022 - 24994479,
022 - 24994481
|5||National Stock Exchange (NSE)||email@example.com||022 – 26598216|
For certificate queries, please contact ::
Tel: 022-6111 5555
For further information on NISM Certification Test as well as CPE, one may contact :
National Institute of Securities Markets
6th Floor, NISM Bhavan
Plot No 82, Sector 17
Vashi, Navi Mumbai 400 703
Ph: 022-6673 5100 - 05