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Maharashtra - Apply for Drug License (Retail and Wholesale - Pharmacy)

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  • No individual can start or continue a business dealing drugs / cosmetics / medicine in India, unless an appropriate license is obtained from the designated authority.
  • As different state has different parameters and regulations, as a first step applicant shall consult their local drug license authority to get advice on
    • Any updated rules and regulations in issuance of license.
    • Update on drugs that were included in the list for which license can’t be obtained.
    • Fees payment type etc.

Apply Online:

  1. Please use the following link to apply online : link
  2. In the given home page, please click on the “Sales New ID & PWD” button on the top of the page to reach next page.
  3. Please hit the “GO” button for state “Maharashtra” to get new page.
  4. Here select the checkbox for “Fresh License for TOTALLY NEW firm (with 0 licences)” option to get drop down prompts.
  5. Please complete the page prompts with the mandatory details as appropriate. Upload the documents as applicable. Once all the prompts are filled, please enter the captcha at the prompted space as appropriate and click on the "SAVE" button to get a popup.
  6. The pop-up will have information on the successful completion of the process and the system generated acknowledgement. Please keep it safe for future reference. Also, please follow the on screen information and process the page requirements to complete the online applying process.
  7. This application will be forwarded to the respective department for further processing.
  8. Applicant gets notification about the process updates through "sms".
  9. The applicant shall visit the office of the respective drug inspector or the concerned authority and provide them the details of their online submission of application for drug license and follow their guidelines.
  10. Drug inspector or the respective authority will inspect the premises for verifying the correctness.
  11. On a scheduled date the inspection team/authority will inspect the premise.
  12. After the inspection is over, Competent person will be asked to report for an interview.
  13. Once the interview is complete and the above process are over, the controller of drugs or the appropriate authority will sanction the drug license.
  14. The applicant will receive information about the issue of license.
  15. The licence will hand delivered or can be download or delivered through mail or delivered as per applicable norms.

  • Fee payment for the license is accepted in different formats like challan/cheque as applicable. Applicants are advised to take the consultation with the respective drug license authority for your area to prepare fees requirement.

Apply In Person

  1. The applicant shall visit the office of the Food and Drug Administration Department. Find contacts here:Link
  2. Obtain an application form from the office.
  3. Fill it up correctly
  4. Make sure to attach all the “Required Documents” along with the application.
  5. Pay the requisite fee
  6. The officer in charge will inspect the premises and machineries and verify the application.
  7. Once the application is successfully verified, the applicant will receive the license by the concerned authority.


Required Documents[edit]

  • The certificate of incorporation or registration
  • MOA & AOA or Partnership deed / LLP agreement
  • Pan card
  • Aadhar card
  • Age proof
  • Cancelled cheque (for bank account detail requirement)
  • List of directors
  • ID and address proof of director
  • Passport size photograph
  • Board resolution on the letterhead
  • Affidavit from directors
  • Sale deed document of the premises
  • If rented, registered rent agreement
  • NOC from the owner
  • Architect attested Key plan and site plan
  • Fees paid details
  • Document requirement from competent person
    • Bio data as per proforma
    • Appointment letter of competent person
    • Proof of qualification
    • Experience certificate
    • Passport size Photo
    • ID proof
    • Address proof
    • Affidavit of the competent person
Note :
  • Please take above mentioned documents in original and attested copies thereof (to be submitted) at the time of applying.
  • Please submit the applicable document from the above list as per applicant type.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

WHO-GMP Section,
Office of Commissioner,
Food and Drug Administration, M.S.,
Survey No. 341, Bandra-Kurla Complex,
2nd floor, Bandra (East),
MUMBAI-400051 .
Phone: +91-22-26592363/64/65
Extension: 2235/2234 E-Mail: [email protected]
Contact Link: link

Central Drugs Standard Control Organization Directorate General of Health Services
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare,
Government of India,
FDA Bhavan, ITO, Kotla Road, New Delhi -110002.
Phone:91-11-23216367(CDSCO)/ 23236975
Fax: 91-11-23236973
E-mail:[email protected]
Contact link: link


  • Any person/company/partnership firm/LLP can apply for drug license
  • A competent (registered pharmacist from the state pharmacy council) person with experience shall apply


Please pay as authorities quote.


  • Valid for period of 3 years
  • The license should be prominently displayed at the place of business during the business hours.

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

45 days or as notified by the department

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
Attach videos using the following tag <&video type="website">video ID|width|height<&/video&> from external websites.
Please remove the "&" inside the tags during implementation.
Website = allocine, blip, dailymotion, facebook, gametrailers, googlevideo, html5, metacafe, myspace, revver, 
sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
width = 560, height = 340, Video ID = Can be obtained from the URL of webpage where the video is displayed.
e.g In the following url "" Video ID is "Y0US7oR_t3M". 


Please provide instructions on obtaining the certificate/documents.
e.g. The state office holds birth records since january 1908.

Required Information[edit]

A list which displays the kind of information which is required to complete the procedure.
1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.

Need for the Document[edit]

  • A drug license is required to sell/distribute/store medicine. It can be obtained from appropriate government department.
  • This license will be helpful to follow the rules and regulations set by regulatory department.

Information which might help[edit]

Government has laid down stringent law and regulations for manufacturing and distribution of drugs and medicines in India.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

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More information which might help people.