What is CKYC?
Central KYC Registry (CKYCR) is a centralized repository of KYC records of customers in the financial sector with uniform KYC norms.
Government of India has authorized the Central Registry of Securitization and Asset Reconstruction and Security interest of India (CERSAI), set up under subsection (1) of Section 20 of Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002, to act as, and to perform the functions of, the Central KYC Records (CKYC) Registry under the PML Rules 2005, including receiving, storing, safeguarding and retrieving the KYC records in digital form of a “client”, as defined in clause (ha) sub-section (1) of Section 2 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.
As per the new KYC norms, once the customer completes the KYC process with an entity authorized to conduct KYC, the customer will be able to invest in all the financial products including Mutual Funds using the 14 digit KYC Identification Number (KIN) issued by CKYC.
As the mutual fund industry is already having KRAs, as a first step, CKYC is being implemented for “New Individuals” for whom KYC is administered by the Intermediaries, effective 1st Feb. 2017. There will be slight change in the KYC form, which encompasses KYC with KRA as well as CKYC.
What is changing?
AMFI circular has mandated that, with effect from 01-Feb-2017,individual investor who is new to KRA (i.e. a prospective investor whose KYC is not registered or verified in the KRA system) has to complete CKYC process by submitting duly filled & signed CKYC form to register KYC.
Kindly note, PAN is still mandatory for investing in Mutual Funds (except Micro KYC and other PAN Exempt scenarios). If an investor had complied with KRA-KYC and CKYC norms, then he/she will have to update the 14 digit KIN and also mention date of birth in the mutual fund application form. There is no change in terms of the documentary proof submission such as ID Proof and Address Proof for both KRA-KYC and CKYC.
In case of an investor who had got the CKYC reference number through non mutual fund route (outside KRA), he has to additionally be compliant of KRA-KYC as well, by submitting the application form, including IPV (In Person Verification) and PAN.