Industrial License Services

  • All applications for Industrial License under IDR Act, 1951 and Arms Act, 1959 can now be applied online on NIC Portal in their respective forms.
  • The Applications are scrutinized for their completeness. Information in respect of incomplete applications is sought from the applicants.
  • If the applications for grant of licence are complete in all respect with necessary documents, DPIIT circulates them to concerned administrative ministries, Ministry of Home Affairs, Concerned State Government and other concerned agencies for their comments.
  • After receipts of Comments from the concerned Ministries/Agencies, files are processed and submitted to the Licensing committee for consideration.
  • Licensing committee can recommend for grant of licence/rejection of proposal/deferment of the proposal, based on the comments received and deliberations in the Committee. After recommendation, the approval of the Minister in charge of DPIIT is obtained for grant of licences or otherwise.

Industrial License (IL) Application Form under Industries (Development & Regulation) Act 1951 Items for which Industrial License (IL) Applications to be submitted:

Defence Sector

  • Electronic Equipment used for electronic counter measure (ECM) and electronic counter countermeasure (ECCM), surveillance, intelligence, Command and Control systems, Global Navigation satellite systems (GNSS) jamming equipment. Data processing, storage and transmission security equipment, identification and authentication equipment (including identification Friend or Foe and non-Cooperative Target Return Identification systems), guidance and navigation equipment' Troposcatter-radio communications equipment' and Military Information Security assurance systems and equipment (like cryptographic devices including military Cryptographic key management and Cryptanalytic systems), communication equipment, frequency modules and secrecy devices, specially designed for Military use.

  • Armoured or protective equipment as follows:-

    • (a) Constructive of metallic or non-metallic materials, or combinations therof, specially designed to provide ballistic protection for military system
    • (b) Body armour or protective garment of level III (NIJ 0101.06, Jul 2008 or national equivalent and above)..
  • 'Specialised equipment for military training' or simulators specially designed for training in the use of any firearm or weapon.

  • Imaging or countermeasure equipment, as for follows, specially designed for military use:-

    • (a) Recorders and image processing equipment;"
    • (b) Image intensifier equipment;
    • (c) Infrared or thermal imaging equipment;
    • (d) Imaging radar sensor equipment;
    • (e) Countermeasure or counter-countermeasure equipment
  • Miscellaneous: Concealment and deception equipment specially designed for military application, including but not limited to special paints, decoys smoke or obscuration equipment and simulators, and Metal embrittling agents.

  • Dual use items which are not present in the above mentioned list are also not licensable under IDR Act, 1951.

Explosives Sector

  • Industrial explosives including detonating fuses, safety fuses, gun powder, nitrocellulose and matches

Other Sectors

  • Specified hazardous chemical i. e . (i) hydrocyanic acid and its derivatives (ii) Phosgene and its derivatives and (iii) Isocyanates & disocyanates of hydrocarbon not elsewhere specified (example methyl Isocynate)

  • Cigars and cigarettes of tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes [Fresh Licenses are not being issued for manufacture of this item on health grounds since 1999]

  • Distillation and brewing of alcoholic drinks [Licensing ceased by DPIIT in compliance with Supreme Court Order dated 29/01/1997 in Bihar Distillery Case which ruled that industries engaged in manufacture of potable alcohol would be under the jurisdiction of the states]

Arms License Applications in Form A6

6. Items for which DPIIT has been delegated the powers of Licensing Authority under Arms Act 1959/ Arms Rules 2016 and Manufacturing License Applications are to be submitted in Form A6 under Arms Rules 2016

Category of Arms and Ammunitions Defence Items Included
Tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles. (i) Ground vehicles, as follows:-
  • (a)

    Ground vehicles, namely, tanks and other military armoured/armed vehicles and military vehicles fitted with mountings for arms or equipment for mine laying or the launching of munitions includes all tracked and wheeled self-propelled armoured and non-armoured weapon systems and trailers for towed and static weapon systems.

  • (b)

    Other ground vehicles namely all-wheel drive vehicles capable of off road use which have been manufactured or fitted with materials or components to provide Ballistic protection to level III (NIJ 0108.01, September 1985, or comparable national standard or above) with mountings for arms or equipment for mine laying specially designed for military use.

  • (c)

    Amphibious, hovercrafts and deep water fording vehicles for military use.

(ii) Cryogenic and superconductive equipment especially designed or configured to be installed in military vehicle.
Defence aircraft, space craft and parts thereof. Aircraft including helicopters, lighter-than-air vehicle, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Remotely Piloted Vehicles (RPVs), autonomous programmable vehicles, unmanned lighter than air vehicle (including all variety of manned and unmanned airborne vehicles, target systems, loitering missiles, drones, balloons, blimps, aerostat, parachutes, paragliders, ground effect machines, air cushion vehicles/hovercraft, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and launchers, designed for military application).
Warships of all kinds.
  • (i)

    Vessels of war (surface or underwater), other surface vessels (Fitted with automatic weapons having a caliber of 12.7 mm or higher, Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear protection, active weapon countermeasure systems), special naval equipment, antisubmarine/torpedo nets, hull penetrators and connectors "specially designed for military use".

  • (ii)

    Air Independent Propulsion Systems (nuclear or conventional) for marine applications.

Arms and ammunition and allied items of defence equipment; parts and accessories thereof, other than small arm of caliber up to 12.7 mm as defined under clause (51) of sub-rule (I) of Rule 2 of the Arms Rules, 2016, and parts, components and ammunition for such small arm.
  • (i)

    All Rifle & Smooth-bore weapons and other arms, automatic/Semi-automatic or pump action type weapons, Weapons using case less ammunition, Silencers, special gun-mountings, weapons sights, signature reduction devices and flash suppressors to include rifles, carbines, revolvers, pistols, machine pistols, multi barrel rocket, machine guns, guns, rocket, cannon & missile systems -used on land, ships & shore based and airborne, howitzers, mortars, anti-tank weapons, projectile launchers, military flame throwers, rifles, recoilless rifles.

  • (ii)

    Ammunition and fuze setting devices including the following:

    • (a)

      Safing and arming devices, fuzes, sensors and initiation devices;

    • (b)

      Power supplies with high one-time operational output;

    • (c)

      Combustible cases for charges;

    • (d)

      Submunitions including bomblets, minelets and terminally guided projectiles.

  • (iii)

    Bombs, torpedoes, grenades, smoke canisters, rockets, mines, missiles, depth charges, demolition charges, demolition-devices, demolition kits, aircraft missile protection systems, pyrotechnic devices, cartridges and simulators (i.e. equipment simulating the characteristics of any of these items), specially designed for military use.

  • (iv)

    energetic materials and related substances includes all explosives like primers, boosters, initiators, igniters, detonators, smoke bomb, colour signals, propellants and pyrotechnics, oxidizers, binders, plasticizers, mobomers, additive scuopling agents, Precursors and other related ammunition.

  • (v)

    High velocity kinetic energy weapon systems and related equipment-

    • (a)

      Kinetic energy weapon systems specially designed for destruction or effecting mission abort of target;

    • (b)

      Specially designed test and evaluation facilities and test models, including diagnostic instrumentation and targets, for dynamic testing of kinetic energy projectiles and systems.

    • (vi)

      Directed Energy Weapon systems, related or countermeasure equipment and test models as follows:-

      • (a)

        laser systems specially designed for, destruction or effecting mission, abort of a target;

      • (b)

        Particle beam systems capable of destruction or effecting mission- abort of a target;

      • (c)

        High power Radio-Frequency systems capable of destruction or effecting mission abort of target;

      • (d)

        Equipment specially designed for the detection or identification of; or defence against, systems at (a) and (c) above.

      • (e)

        Physical test models for the systems, equipment and components, specified under this head.

      • (f)

        Laser protection equipment (e.g. eye and sensor protection).

Disclaimer This information is only for facilitating the applicants for filing licence applications for items they propose to manufacture and may not be used for any other purposes.


Ms. B.K.Sethi
Under Secretary to the Govt.
of India,
Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi.
Phone No.:(011) 23063816.