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Documents Required to Open a Demat Account


Identity Proof

PAN card is mandatory (Please ensure your photo and sign on the card are clearly visible)


Bank Proof

Bank account statements of last 6 months, cancelled cheque and passbook (Any of these)


Address Proof

Aadhaar, passport, driving licence, voter ID, or bank account statements of last 6 months (Any of these)


Income Proof

Bank account statements of last 6 months, 3 months salary slips or ITR (Any of these)



Photo of your signature on a white paper (The signature must match the one on your PAN card)



One passport size photograph is a must (Provide clearly visible and latest photograph)


Things to Know About
Demat Account


What is a Demat Account?

A Demat Account, short for "Dematerialized Account," is an essential component in the Indian stock market. It holds your shares and securities electronically, eliminating the need for physical certificates. This account simplifies the process of buying, selling, and transferring shares, ensuring a seamless and paperless experience for investors. By converting physical shares into electronic form, a Demat Account provides enhanced security and reduces the risks associated with loss, theft, or damage of paper certificates. It also facilitates faster transactions, making it a vital tool for modern-day trading and investment.


How Does a Demat Account Work?

A Demat Account works similarly to a bank account, but instead of holding money, it stores your securities. When you buy shares, they are credited to your Demat Account in electronic form. Conversely, when you sell shares, they are debited from your account. Managed by depositories like NSDL (National Securities Depository Limited) and CDSL (Central Depository Services Limited), the account ensures secure and efficient handling of securities. The transactions are facilitated through Depository Participants (DPs), who act as intermediaries between the investor and the depository. This system provides a streamlined and efficient way to manage your investments.


Demat Account vs Other Accounts

Demat AccountTrading AccountBank Account
PurposeHolds securities in electronic form, ensuring safe and easy management of investments.Facilitates the buying and selling of securities in the stock market.Manages your financial transactions, such as deposits, withdrawals, and savings.
Functions and FeaturesConverts physical shares to electronic form, stores multiple types of securities, and reduces risks of loss or damage.Connects to your Demat and bank accounts to execute trades, provides access to stock market platforms, and offers real-time market data.Provides services like online banking, fund transfers, bill payments, and interest on deposits, ensuring overall financial management.
Role in Financial TransactionsEssential for holding and transferring securities, making it a key component for market participants.Acts as a gateway to the stock market, enabling the execution of buy and sell orders of securities.Facilitates the movement of funds, supports various financial activities, and ensures liquidity as and when needed.

Different Types of Demat Account in India

Regular Demat

A Regular Demat Account is designed for resident Indian investors. It holds securities in electronic form, allowing for seamless buying, selling, and managing of investments. This account is suitable for those who actively trade in the stock market.

Basic Service Demat Account (BSDA)

The Basic Service Demat Account (BSDA) caters to small investors, offering reduced maintenance charges for holdings under a specified limit. It provides the essential features of a Demat Account with lower costs, making it ideal for those with limited investments.

Repatriable Demat Account

A Repatriable Demat Account is for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) who wish to invest in Indian securities. This account allows the transfer of funds abroad, provided it is linked to an NRE (Non-Resident External) bank account.

Non-Repatriable Demat Account

A Non-Repatriable Demat Account is also for NRIs but does not allow the transfer of funds abroad. It must be linked to an NRO (Non-Resident Ordinary) bank account and is suitable for NRIs who wish to invest and retain earnings in India.

Eligibility Criteria to Open a Demat Account



Minors can open a Demat Account with the assistance of a guardian. The account is managed by the guardian until the minor reaches adulthood (18 years of age), ensuring their investments are handled responsibly.



Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) are eligible to open a Demat Account, either repatriable or non-repatriable, allowing them to invest in Indian securities while residing abroad.



Any individual above the age of 18, with valid identification and address proof, can open a Demat Account. This is suitable for both resident and non-resident individuals.



Corporates and other entities, such as partnership firms and trusts, can open a Demat Account. They must provide the necessary documentation and comply with regulatory requirements for their investments.


Benefits of Having a Demat Account


Paperless Activation

Minors can open a Demat Account with the assistance of a guardian. The account is managed by the guardian until the minor reaches adulthood (18 years of age), ensuring their investments are handled responsibly.


Invest Across All Segments

With a Demat account, you have the flexibility to invest across various market segments, including equities, mutual funds, bonds, and more. This versatility ensures that all your investments are consolidated in one place, providing a seamless and efficient investment experience.


Easy Portfolio Management

A Demat account simplifies the management of your investment portfolio by allowing you to track and manage all your holdings in a single account. This consolidation helps in better monitoring of your investments and making informed financial decisions with ease.


Corporate Benefits & Actions

A Demat account simplifies receiving corporate benefits such as dividends, interest, and bonuses. All corporate actions are updated automatically in your account, ensuring that you don't miss out on any benefits, making the process smooth and efficient.


Quick Transfer of Shares

A Demat account ensures the quick and efficient transfer of shares. Transactions are executed electronically, significantly reducing the time needed for settlements and allowing you to manage your investments promptly and smoothly.


Lower Risk of Fraud

Using a Demat account greatly lowers the risk of fraud and theft. The electronic format of holding securities eliminates the risks associated with physical certificates, ensuring the safety and security of your investments.


Uses of Demat Account


Buy Stocks

A Demat account allows you to buy and hold stocks electronically. This makes buying, selling, and managing your stock investments easy and secure, eliminating the need for physical share certificates.


Invest in Mutual Funds

With a Demat account, you can invest in mutual funds seamlessly. It provides a centralized place to manage all your mutual fund investments, ensuring ease of access and efficient tracking. Mutual fund investments on Dhan are currently not in the demat form.


Buy ETFs

Using a Demat account, you can buy and hold Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs). This allows you to diversify your portfolio with ease, benefiting from the flexibility and liquidity that ETFs offer.


Apply for IPO

A Demat account allows you to apply for Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) online. This makes the process quick and convenient, enabling you to invest in new companies as they go public.


Apply for NFO

With a Demat account, you can easily apply for New Fund Offers (NFOs). This allows you to invest in new mutual fund schemes at their launch, providing an opportunity to diversify your portfolio. Currently, NFO allotments on Dhan are not in the demat form.


Invest in Govt Bonds

Using a Demat account greatly lowers the risk of fraud and theft. The electronic format of holding securities eliminates the risks associated with physical certificates, ensuring the safety and security of your investments.

Types of Charges
for Demat Account

Account Opening Fees

Account opening fees are one-time charges levied by the Depository Participant (DP) when you first open a Demat account. These fees vary among different DPs and are generally minimal.

Custody Charges

Custody charges are fees for holding your securities in the Demat account. These charges are typically nominal and are based on the value of securities held in your account.

Annual Maintainance Charges

Annual Maintenance Charges (AMC) are yearly fees charged by the DP for maintaining your Demat account. These charges cover the cost of account maintenance and related services.

DP Transaction Charges

DP transaction charges are fees applied by the DP for processing each transaction, such as buying or selling securities. These charges vary depending on the DP and the type of transaction.

Important Terms Related to Demat Account


CDSL, or Central Depository Services Limited, is one of the two main depositories in India. It holds securities in electronic form and facilitates their trading, ensuring smooth and secure transactions for investors.


NSDL, or National Securities Depository Limited, is the other major depository in India. It provides electronic depository services, allowing investors to hold and transfer securities safely and efficiently.

Depository Participant (DP)

A Depository Participant (DP) acts as an intermediary between the investor and the depository. DPs facilitate the opening and maintenance of Demat accounts, enabling secure and efficient management of securities.


TPIN, or Transaction Personal Identification Number, is a unique code used for authorizing trades in a Demat account. It adds an extra layer of security, ensuring that only authorized transactions are processed.


A broker is a licensed individual or firm that facilitates the buying and selling of securities on behalf of investors and traders. They act as intermediaries between the stock exchange and the investor, ensuring smooth transactions.


Settlement refers to the process of transferring securities from the seller to the buyer and the corresponding payment from the buyer to the seller. It ensures that transactions are completed efficiently and accurately.


Brokerage is the fee charged by a broker for executing buy and sell orders placed by an investor. This fee is typically a percentage of the transaction value or a flat rate, depending on the broker's terms.


DEMAT also known as dematerialisation refers to the process of converting physical share certificates into electronic form. This makes managing and transferring securities more secure and efficient, reducing the risks associated with physical certificates.


Factors to Consider Before Opening Demat Account


Reputation of DP

Before opening a Demat account, consider the reputation of the Depository Participant (DP). Look for reviews, reliability, and the quality of customer service they provide to ensure a smooth and secure experience.


Security Features

Evaluate the security features offered by the DP. Ensure they provide robust measures like two-factor authentication, encryption, and regular security updates to protect your investments from fraud and unauthorised access.


Account Opening Charges and AMC

Be mindful of the account opening charges and Annual Maintenance Charges (AMC). Compare different DPs to find one that offers competitive fees and services, ensuring it fits within your budget while meeting your investment needs.


Customer Support

Assess the quality of customer support provided by the DP. Ensure they offer responsive and helpful service through various channels like phone, email, and chat to address any queries or issues promptly.


SEBI Registered

Verify that the DP is registered with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). This ensures that the DP adheres to regulatory standards and provides a secure and compliant platform for your investments.


Services Offered

Consider the range of services offered by the DP. Look for additional features such as research reports, trading tools, and educational resources that can help enhance your investment experience and decision-making.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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A "demat account", short for "dematerialized account," is your very own electronic storage facility for holding and managing financial securities like stocks. You need a demat account to trade and invest in the securities market, especially if you want to buy and sell stocks, bonds, and other such securities.

A demat account is used to hold and store financial securities in electronic format, while a trading account is used to place buy and sell orders for these securities in the stock market. Think of a demat account as your own locker, while the trading account is the means of bringing securities to that locker.

Any individual over the age of 18, resident or non-resident, as well as Hindu Undivided Family (HUF), partnership firms, public and private companies, and registered trusts can open a demat account on Dhan.
Below are the type of demat accounts available on Dhan:

1. Individual Demat Account
2. HUF Demat Account
3. Corporate Demat Account
4. Partnership Firm Demat Account
5. LLP Demat Account

The documents required to open a Dhan demat account are:

1. Proof of identity (PAN card, Aadhaar card, Passport, etc.).
2. Proof of address (Aadhaar card, Passport, utility bill, etc.).
3. Passport-sized photographs.
4. Bank account details.
5. Income proof (To activate Futures & Options Trading).

A demat account allows you to store shares and participate in the stock market. Thus, there are a few charges such as Account Opening, AMC, Platform Fees, Brokerage, Transaction, STT, SEBI turnover, Stamp Duty, GST and more associated with it.
However, on Dhan there are no account opening charges or AMC. Furthermore, you can invest in Stocks (delivery) for ₹0, while it is ₹20 or 0.03% for Equity Intraday & All Segment Futures. For All Segment Options, the charges are ₹20 of trade value. We are transparent with all charges and pricing.

1. Convenient access to financial securities from anywhere, anytime.
2. Reduced risk of loss and theft that was prevalent with physical certificates.
3. Fast and easy processes for buying and selling securities.
4. Real-time tracking of investments and portfolio performance.

Yes, you can open multiple demat accounts in India with different depository participants (DPs). However, it's essential to keep track of your investments across all accounts to manage them effectively.

To open demat account you will require a trusted broker and few documents, especially when the demat account opening process is online. On Dhan you can easily open demat account online on in less than 10 minutes by following these steps:

1. Click on "Start Now" and Scan the QR to download the Dhan App.
2. Or, you can Open Demat Account from your desktop in 3 easy steps - Add Mobile Number and Email ID to get verified.
3. Upload the necessary documents required for digital demat account opening.
4. Complete the E-sign.

Once approved, you will receive your demat account details, and you can start investing online - It's that simple!

When you place an order for a stock, it is transferred to your demat account after settlement (T+1 days). Post-settlement, you can choose to sell the stock whenever you want, and based on the liquidity, the sell order is fulfilled by the exchange.
To buy and sell shares using your Dhan online demat account, follow these steps:

1. Log in to your "Dhan" account.
2. Add money to your trading account.
3. Choose the security you want to buy or sell.
4. Enter the quantity and price at which you want to transact.
5. Hit Buy or Sell.

That's it! This is how simple it is to start trading and investing online on Dhan.

Yes, your securities are safe in a Dhan demat account. As a registered depository participant and SEBI-registered stock broker, Dhan adheres to strict security measures and regulations to ensure the safety and integrity of your stocks and other financial securities.

Yes, besides shares, you can hold a variety of other securities in your demat account, such as bonds, government securities, Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs), and other financial instruments.

Yes, you can transfer shares from one demat account to another. Follow these steps to get your shares to Dhan:

1. Register & Login on CDSL Easiest.
2. Click on “Transaction” and choose “Setup”.
3. Select “Bulk Setup” and then “Transaction”.
4. Enter “Execution date” “Beneficiary owner ID (BOID)”.
5. Tap on “Account ISINs”, choose the stock(s), & hit “Submit”.
6. Verify the request and select “Commit”.
7. Enter your CDSL Easiest PIN.

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