Add a Designated Partner in LLP

Every Limited Liability Partnership must have at least two designated partners. To add a designated partner, a resolution needs to be passed. He must have a DPIN and his name must be amended in the LLP agreement.

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Adding a Designated Partner in LLP

In the case of a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP), at least two individuals who are partners shall act as designated partners in LLP. These partners must have a Designated Partner Identification Number and their names must feature in the LLP partner agreement. The appointed partner can be changed or removed. These are easy to apply and the compliances are lesser when compared to other types of company registrations.

There is no maximum limit on a number of partners. There is also no restriction on joining and leaving an LLP. One can easily join or leave it. The ownership can also be transferred from one person to another without much difficulty.

Duties of a Designated Partner in LLP

While adding a designated partner in an LLP, the partner should be aware of his/her duties and responsibilities to be followed while in the period of holding the partnership.

    • The Designated Partner of the LLP is authorized to attach his signature on the Statement of Account and Solvency, form – 8, which is a declaration.
    • The LLP must file annual returns with the Registrar within a specified period of 60 days from the date of closure of the financial year. If this isn’t implemented, every Designated Partner will be imposed with a fine exceeding Rs 10,000.
    • If there is any need, then the Designated Partner may file the returns of documents.
    • The Designated Partner must support the authority with the necessary documents, information, signing any requirements, etc. by extending his/her co-operation to the inspector on inquiry or inspection.
    • When an investigation conducted by an inspector takes place, then a Designated Partner is responsible to reimburse the expenses.

Checklist for Eligibility of a Designated Partner

A person has to fulfill the specific requirements in case he wants to enrol himself as a designated partner with an LLP. Let us have a look at some of the primary requirements to be eligible to become a designated partner in an LLP:

    • The individual must be at least 18 years old.
    • Any individual or body corporate can be eligible to be a partner in an LLP.
    • The individual who wishes to become a partner must have a unique identification number (For instance, Aadhaar Card)
    • Every LLP must have a minimum of two designated partners.
    • The person should be in a sound mind.
    • The person shouldn’t be involved in fraudulence.
    • There is no maximum limit for the number of partners in a limited liability partnership.
    • At least one designated partner must be an Indian national who resides in India.
    • The other Designated Partners must also provide a consent letter stating their proof and other documents.
    • The individual should not have adjudged bankruptcy in the last 5 years.
    • One who has not properly closed the payment settlements with any creditors in the last 5 years and also haven’t made an agreement regarding the same with them.

In case if the partner has changed his/her name or address, then the partner shall inform the LLP of any modification made in his/her name or address within a period of 15 days of such revision. It’s the LLP firm’s responsibility to file such details with the Registrar within 30 days of such a change in the Form 4.

Documents required for a designated partner in LLP

Documentation plays a very important role in adding a designated partner in an LLP. An individual has to submit the following documents for becoming a member of an LLP:

DSC (Digital Signature Certificate)

DSC is the first requirement for becoming a partner in an LLP. To get the Digital Signature Certificate, you should submit the following documents:

    • PAN card
    • Aadhaar card
    • Passport size photographs
    • Contact details such as Email ID and phone number
    • Educational qualifications

Once your DSC is generated, you can proceed to apply for DIN (Director Identification Number).

DIN number

DIN is necessary for becoming a designated partner. To get the DIN number, you should submit the following documents:

    • Apply in the e-form DIR – 3 (Visit MCA website to access this form)
    • Identity proof (Aadhaar card, PAN card, etc.)
    • Address proof (Rental agreement, Ration card, etc.)

If the applicant is from another nation, then a copy of the passport is required.

Supplementary Deed for the new partner

A supplementary deed has to be provided with the new partner’s details. Written consent by the new partner will also be required.

The original deed also needs to be furnished

The original LLP deed would also be required to be submitted within 30 days of the addition of the designated partner.

Form 3 and Form 4 have to be filled as well

Form 3 and Form 4 have to be submitted as per the stated procedure

Passport, in case a Foreigner is a Designated Partner

The foreigner has to submit a copy of his passport as well to become the designated partner. If the details are mentioned in any language other than English, he will have to get it translated, apostilled and notarized before submitting the passport copy.

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FAQs on Adding a Designated Partner

LLP Partners can be of various types. Some of the most common partners can be of following types –

    • Equal partners (1:1)
    • Differential Rights LLP partners
    • Husband and wife LLP
    • Differential Rights and Differential Powers LLP partners
Yes, a foreign national can be made a designated partner in an LLP in India. He will, however, have to furnish his passport in addition to the documents required by Indian designated partners. In case his passport is in any foreign language other than English, he will have to get it apostilled and notarised and then submit it.
The designated partner will have to fill DIR Form 3 and Form 4 and submit it with the authorities to get added in the designated partners’ list of an LLP in India.
There is no maximum limit of the number of partners for an LLP. A partner can be added anytime and a partner can leave the LLP whenever he wants to. However, there should be a minimum of two partners in an LLP to function.
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