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Overview of RNI Registration

RNI Registration Of A Newspaper(Information and Consultancy)

RNI stands for Registrar of a Newspaper of India, an authority born in 1956 is responsible for handling the legal matters associated with the publication of the newspaper. It came into existence as an amendment of the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867 (PRB).

To start a newspaper, magazine or editorial in India, it is necessary to get RNI registration. It oversees the legal aspects associated with starting a newspaper in India. The owner has to obtain RNI registration to run his newspaper, magazine or editorials legally. The rules are framed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

RNI Registration Of A Newspaper

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Here is a list of essentials of RNI registration:
⦁ Collection and maintenance of a Registrar of Newspapers
⦁ Issue of Certificate of Registration
⦁ Conducting non-statutory functions

Who requires RNI Registration Of A Newspaper?

RNI Registration is required by the following publishers:

  • Indian Newspapers: If you are planning to enter the publishing sector, make sure you are getting registered with RNI. Not only national but regional newspapers should also comply with RNI authorities.
  • Magazines: No magazine can run without the form of registration. You should register with RNI for verification of title and registration of magazine or publication.
  • Editorials: Not only newspaper but newspaper editorials also require this form of registration. It is more than necessary to secure RNI registration for editorials as well.
  • Foreign Newspapers: If foreigners want to publish their newspapers in India, they also require the consent of RNI to run their newspaper. Therefore, RNI registration is necessary for everyone who wants to start their newspaper in India.

Benefits of RNI Registration

RNI Registration is necessary. It does not only smoothen the functioning of newspaper and legalizes their existence but also offers other benefits which include.

  • Proper compliance: When a publisher gets registered with RNI, he complies with the respective laws framed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
    Protection against 3rd party claim: RNI Registration does not only prevent the title of your newspaper but also prevent your newspaper from unwanted third-party claims. You can also avoid infringement proceedings related to copyright by registering with RNI.
  • Protection to title: The first step of registration is verification of title. By registering with RNI, you can maintain the uniqueness of your title as RNI does not approve the titles that are already taken by another newspaper or publication.
    Authentication: RNI authenticates the existence of your newspaper, magazine or editorial. You can raise your voice in case of a legal mishap and become entitled to the investigation.
    Recognition: Along with being a legal necessity, it imparts you with a chance of securing some recognition throughout India. RNI will also update you with the changes related to registration requirements.
  • RNI Registration Of A Newspaper is not a big deal if you get the right consultancy services. And for RNI consultancy services, Traffic tail could be the best choice. Right from the application, the traffic tail does everything and keeps the publisher or owner updated with registration status.

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RNI Registration Of A Newspaper

Let’s get acquainted with the procedure or process of RNI registration. RNI registration is done at two levels:

  • The first level is the registration or verification of is title: The first step is to get your title verified. Your title should be unique and must not be similar to any foreign newspaper.
  • The second level is the registration of the publication: The next step includes submission of relevant documents and gets your newspaper registered with RNI.

Here we go with a detailed description of both levels

Verification of Title:

Step 1- The applicant has to log in to http://www.rni.nic.in/ .
Step 2- After logging in, the applicant must go through the instructions provided on the website.
Step 3- After reading the instructions, the applicant should click on the tab “online title application”.
Step 4- Then the applicant must go through the form carefully and review the details to avoid any further issues related to the process.
Step 5- Now applicant must provide the required details and provide an active phone number and e-mail address.
Step 6- The applicant must submit an application to the relevant authority (DM/ DC/ SDM/ DCP/ JCP/ CMM).
Step 7- The above authority will forward your application to the RNI. It will also provide the signature, seal and name of the authority. RNI will then review the application.
The application will not be processed if RNI didn’t get the hard copy. Applicants should keep a hard copy of the application for future reference.
Step 8- After receiving the hard copy, RNI will generate a reference number. This RNI Reference number gets generated on the given mobile number.
Step 9- Now the status of the application can be checked. The applicant can simply put the RNI reference number on the official status and check the status.
Step 10- The applicant can now download the title verification letter.

Do not forget to sign the RNI title registration form after downloading.

Application of verification should contain the following:

⦁ Propose up to 5 title options
⦁ Language
⦁ Periodicity
⦁ Owner’s name
⦁ Place of Publication
⦁ Address/ contact number/ e-mail address of applicant
⦁ Recent passport size photos
⦁ Mobile number and e-mail id.
⦁ Complete address of the place of publication
⦁ Self-attested copy of PAN card/ Voters identity card/ AADHAR Card/ Passport Photo ID Proof of applicant.

Mention words that are not to be used in the title option:

There are a few words that should not be included in the title of the newspaper or the title of the magazine. These words include the following:

⦁ Channel
⦁ Book
⦁ Abbreviation of words
⦁ Gazette
⦁ Religious Overtones
⦁ Obscene language
⦁ Head of Government Functionaries
⦁ Name similar to any national emblem
⦁ Any object which is not in the public interest

1. Registration of title

Step-1 Authentication declaration

After attaining the verification letter from RNI, it should be presented to authority any of the following authorities:

⦁ DM
⦁ DC
⦁ SDM
⦁ DCP
⦁ JCP
⦁ CMM

Along with the verification letter, it is necessary to submit a filled up declaration (form-1) for verification. If the publisher and printer are two different people, then a separate declaration is required from both parties. If the place of publication and printing press are located in different districts, then a separate declaration is needed from both the districts. The publisher can file a declaration from the district of publication and the same is the case of the printer.

Step-2 Publication of Volume

According to the PRB Act of 1867:

⦁ The first issue should be added within 42 days of validation of affirmation when periodicity is daily.
⦁ The first issue should be added within 90 days of validation of affirmation if periodicity is fortnightly or above.
⦁ If articles, publications or particulars are to be published in multiple languages, then they are to be initiated in the languages stated.

Step-3 Documents Required for RNI Registration

The list of documents required for RNI registration includes the following:

⦁ Title verification letter
⦁ Authenticated Declaration
⦁ Written Agreement with the publisher is applicable
⦁ Copy of the first issue
⦁ Authorization letter between owner and the publisher, if applicable.
⦁ Content intimation/ confirmation in the prescribed form.
⦁ Certificate intimating appointment of the printer
⦁ Copy of agreement with the printing press and/ or the publisher
⦁ Certificate of incorporation
⦁ Identity and address proofs of partners/ directors/ proprietor
⦁ PAN of the firm/ company
⦁ Copy of partnership deed (if any)
⦁ Copy of certificate of registration of under respective shops and establishment

Step-4 Certificate of Registration By RNI

After dual completion of all the steps and documentation, the RNI authority will issue an RNI certificate along with the registration.

The newspaper should contain:

⦁ Address of the place of publication
⦁ Title of the newspaper on all pages
⦁ Name and address of printing press (in case printer and publisher are different)
⦁ Volume and issue number
⦁ Date and page number on all pages
⦁ A line containing the name of the printer, publisher, owner and editor

Printing Guidelines:

⦁ The title must be unique and should not be similar to the existing title of any newspaper.
⦁ The title can be displayed in both horizontal and vertical context.
⦁ The font size of the title must not be more than 25%.
⦁ If the publication is in more than one language, the title must be displayed in masthead in any one language.
⦁ If the title is not in Hindi or English, then it must be displayed on the masthead.

Imprint line guidelines

Following guidelines are to be considered when it comes to imprint line guidelines:

⦁ The imprint line should be published in the relevant language.
⦁ This format must be considered for imprint line [Printed by ___ Published by ___ on behalf of ___ (name of owner) __ and printed at ___ (name and complete address of printing press) ___ and published from ___ complete address of the place of publication ___ Editor ___ ]
⦁ After the declaration, the name of the editor must be present in the RNI registration process.
⦁ As per section 3 of the PRB Act, the content in the imprint line must be legible to the public. All information published in imprint line must be visible to the public. The imprint line must be mentioned in a specific place, i.e, on page 3 or the last page of the publication.

RNI Cannot be obtained for the following:

⦁ When the title is similar to a well-known foreign title or title from another language unless it is the owner of the title.
⦁ News agencies, coaching material, feature agencies, electronic versions of publications.
⦁ The title does not contain news, articles, opinions or views like ads, tender, classifieds, calendar, word book channel or gazette.

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⦁ Cancelling RNI registration: We do not only help you in getting RNI registration but also help you in cancellation, in case you are not in a mood to continue.
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Get RNI certified within a specified time or Timeline for RNI Registration
It takes three-four months to get the online RNI registration. We assure timely delivery of our services. We keep a vigilant eye on the RNI certificate status. The time is worth it, as you get several additional benefits along with legal registration.

Formalities after RNI Registration Of A Newspaper

After completing all the requirements, the last set of legal requirements are to be followed. When the newspaper is published, deliver a copy to RNI. Also, the first issue after the last day of February should contain duly filled Form no. 4. It is mandatory to submit form no. 2 containing an annual statement on or before the last day of May. If you are running a daily newspaper, you can consider submitting an additional form AR-R.

Points to be noted

⦁ It is necessary to obtain relevant knowledge related to RNI Registration Of A Newspaper and types of publication that can be registered.
⦁ You don’t have to keep an eye on RNI registration status every time. Consultants can do this for you.
⦁ After acquiring RNI Certificate, you will get an RNI number, which can be called as RNI number application
⦁ In case your certificate is lost, you can apply for a duplicate RNI Certificate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, it is possible to check the name availability of the publication and title to prevent rejection. You need to follow these steps. Log on to www.rni.nic.in. Then click on the tab “verified title” to check the existing titles. Several titles are verified, so it is advisable to search using a part of a word or string to find the verified titles. It is not necessary to check the available titles before proposing a title for your newspaper or magazine. It depends on the publisher, if they want to avoid rejection, they can go for this.

If an error is found after filling the RNI form, the applicant has to apply again. He may also have to bear the cost of applying again.

Yes, if the title and other information are present in the languages mentioned, the newspaper owner can consider publishing in different languages.

Yes, ownership can be transferred. First of all, the owner has to execute an affidavit for transfer of ownership before the District magistrate. Then click on this link http://rni.nic.in/proforma/pdf_file/ownership.pdf to download the relevant form. After filling the form, proceed accordingly to transfer the ownership.

It is not problematic to check RNI registration or RNI status. Publishers have to follow a series of simple steps. For example, publishers having registrations number like 67890/XXXXX can simply enter 6789 in the old registration number column. Also, after the year 1998, RNI registers newspaper with state or language code along with the year of registration and a five-digit registration number.

You can either log on to the official site to check the status of your application or ask your consultants to update you with the verification status.

The timeline for bringing out the issue of the newspaper depends on the periodicity.

⦁ If the periodicity of publication is daily, then it should be out in 42 days.
⦁ If the periodicity of publication is fortnightly, then it should be 90 days.

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