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In a groundbreaking move, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has implemented new measures aimed at expediting the entry of individuals into the stock market. The KYC (Know Your Customer) procedure, a critical step in confirming one’s identity and address, has been significantly simplified to empower prospective investors.

Effective September 1, SEBI has mandated KYC agencies to promptly verify essential client documentation within a rapid two-day timeframe upon receipt. This swift authentication process is poised to provide a smoother onboarding experience for new market participants.

In a dual commitment to safeguarding investors and enhancing market accessibility, SEBI now allows clients to initiate trading as soon as their KYC process concludes. The KYC process, integral to proving one’s identity and residence, now mandates the possession of a Permanent Account Number (PAN) for anyone aspiring to engage in stock market activities.

SEBI has issued stringent guidelines for KYC agencies, compelling them to ensure rigorous scrutiny of client documents. Seamless collaboration between these agencies and stock market intermediaries is imperative for expeditious document sharing and verification.

Key Highlights of SEBI’s Directives:

1. KYC agencies are obligated to verify crucial client data, encompassing PAN, PAN-Aadhaar linkage, name, address, mobile number, and email, within a swift two-day window upon document submission.

2. In cases where clients are exempt from PAN requirements, KYC agencies must still verify name, address, mobile number, and email. Validity is exclusively conferred to records verified via official databases, such as the Income Tax Department’s PAN database and Aadhaar documents.

3. Clients who have yet to submit their Aadhaar information as part of the KYC process will have a 90-day verification window, commencing from September 1, 2023.

Clients whose records cannot be verified will face restrictions on conducting further transactions in the stock market until their information is validated. Effective September 4, investors with incomplete data will be barred from trading.

In a collaborative effort, stockbrokers and KYC agencies must diligently collect and maintain validated client data. Stock exchanges and depositories are also stepping in to ensure that KYC agencies and brokers have access to the requisite information, thereby enabling investors to continue trading and utilizing their accounts without hindrance. Stay tuned for more updates on this revolutionary development.

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3rd September,2023

By: Delino Gayweh

Serrari Financial Analyst

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