What is CKYC? - Meaning, Benefits, and How-to Guide

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What is CKYC

Isn’t it frustrating to have to get your KYC verified again and again for every new loan or the simplest of bank formalities. Well, your worries are about to come to an end when you hear about what CYKC or Central Know Your Customer is. 

What is CKYC?

India has a centralised database that stores the KYC information of customers. Simply put, it’s like a secure digital vault for your identity and personal information. So, when you wish to open an account or invest, you wouldn’t have to submit your KYC every time. Instead, the banking institutions are able to access your CKYC information directly, making the process faster and easier for you.

  • CKYC is a unique 14 digital number linked to your ID for easy access to all identity documents.
  • The submitted documents are inspected and verified before acceptance
  • All banking and investing institutions are notified upon any changes in KYC details.

Benefits of Central KYC Registry

  • CKYC as a process is easier, faster, and, most importantly, more secure.
  • CKYC enables financial companies to verify documents quickly and safely.
  • Investors need not submit KYC each time before starting a new financial investment.
  • Investors have access to update their CKYC details, as and when required.
  • The same CKYC number can be used to buy or invest across various financial instruments like insurance, mutual funds, and stock markets.

The CKYC Registry  

The Central Registry of Securitisation Asset Reconstruction and Security Interest (CERSAI) is the governing body under the Government of India that serves as a centralised repository for KYC records. The primary goal of CKYCR is to maintain a standardized KYC process that can be used across various financial institutions and help in reducing redundancy, enhancing efficiency, and ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements.

How can you complete your CKYC?

  • Find a financial institution(Banks, insurance companies, mutual funds, and other financial institutions) registered with CKYC
  • Submit the required documents like PAN card, Aadhaar card, and proof of address
  • The financial institution will verify your documents with the issuing authorities.
  • Upon successful verification, you will receive a unique 14-digit CKYC number

How can you check your CKYC Number?

Follow the below steps to easily be able to view your CKYC Number:

  • Open www.karvykra.com on your desktop or mobile
  • Enter your PAN number
  • Fill in the displayed CAPTCHA/security code
  • Successfully view and download your CKYC report 

4 Types of CKYC Accounts

In India, the CKYCR recognizes 4 types of CKYC accounts based on the verification and documents submitted by a customer, namely: 

  1. Normal CKYC Account: For individuals who provide all required KYC documents, have full access to financial services and products without any restrictions on transactions.
  2. Simplified/Small* CKYC Account: For individuals who only have an official valid document (OVD) as a proof of identity (e.g., voter ID, driving license). They have limited access to financial services with restrictions on transaction limits (typically up to ₹1 lakh per year).
  3. OTP-Based* e-KYC Account: For individuals who authenticate with an Aadhaar-based electronic KYC process, completed through a one-time password (OTP) sent to the Aadhaar-registered mobile number. Limited to certain transaction thresholds, this account is suitable for individuals who require quick and basic financial services.
  4. KYC Account for Non-Individual Entities: For non-individual entities such as companies, partnerships, trusts, and other organizations. This account provides access to a range of financial products and requires comprehensive documentation for compliance and verification.

(*Only valid for a specified period unless converted to a normal CKYC account)

  • How does CKYC benefit me as a customer?

  • Can I update my CKYC information?

  • Is CKYC mandatory for all financial transactions?

  • Can I have multiple CKYC IDs?

  • What should I do if my CKYC information is incorrect?

  • How long does it take to register for CKYC?

  • Does CKYC apply to non-resident Indians (NRIs)?

  • What happens if I don't register for CKYC?