Can an existing Zerodha account be converted to an NRI account?
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Can an existing Zerodha account be converted to an NRI account?

  • F&O trading (equity, currency, or commodity) is not available by default with NRI accounts. F&O trading requires a Custodial Participant (CP) code with our partner for custodial services, Orbis financial services. See Can a Non-resident Indian (NRI) trade in futures and options (F&O)? To know the segments that NRIs can trade and invest in, see What are the segments in which NRIs can trade and invest?
  • A citizen of India or a person of Indian origin who resides outside India for more than 182 days is known as a Non-Resident Indian (NRI). If a resident individual account is held after becoming an NRI, the account must be converted to an NRI-NRO account.

Resident individual accounts can be converted into NRI-NRO trading and demat accounts, not NRI-NRE accounts. The following documents are required to convert a resident account to an NRI account:

Document Purpose/No of copies.
Account modification form (PDF)

To update the bank and address details of the demat account. Ensure that the signature on the account modification form matches the signature in the existing account. The signature in the existing account can be found by visiting console.zerodha.com/account/documents , selecting Signature proof in the drop-down menu, and clicking on E-mail to me.

Account closure form (PDF)

For closing the resident account. Ensure that the signature on the account closure form matches the signature in the existing account. The signature in the existing account can be found by visiting console.zerodha.com/account/documents , selecting Signature proof in the drop-down menu, and clicking on E-mail to me.

Account opening form (PDF) For opening an NRI-NRO account.
FEMA declaration (PDF) One copy
FATCA declaration (PDF)

One copy, Tax Identification Number (TIN) must be filled in the FATCA declaration. The common TINs are as follows:

  • USA: SSN, EIN or ITIN
  • Canada: SIN
  • UK: UTR or NINO
  • Singapore: NRIC or FIN
  • Australia: TFN

TINs for other countries can be found by visiting oecd.org/tax/automatic-exchange/crs-implementation-and-assistance/tax-identification-numbers/.

Submit tax identity proof if applicable.
Client Details Form (PDF) One copy
Demat Debit and Pledge Instruction (DDPI), optional (PDF) The DDPI allows brokers to debit shares from the demat account. See, What is Demat Debit and Pledge Instruction (DDPI)? Alternatively, shares can be sold without the DDPI using the CDSL TPIN. See How do I generate the CDSL TPIN required to authorise my CNC sell transactions?
Photograph One copy to paste on the KYC form that is part of the account modification form and sign across it.
Notarised hard copy of marriage certificate If the name has changed due to marriage.
Notarised copy of PAN card² One copy, self-attested
Notarised copy of Overseas address proof²

One copy of the following:

  • Driving Licence.
  • Foreign passport.
  • Utility bills.
  • Banker letter attested by the bank (PDF).
  • Notarised copy of the rental agreement or lease or sale deed.
In the case of an Indian Passport² Notarised copy of valid passport with the place of birth as India and copy of a valid visa.

In case of Foreign Passport² Notarised copy of valid passport and copy of PIO or OCI card.
Bank account proof A cancelled cheque leaf of the NRO savings bank account.
Annexure B (PDF) To update the name in the demat account as per the latest documents.
Self-declaration (PDF) If there is a minor mismatch in the name between the supporting documents.
Income proof

Any one of the following:

  • Bank statement or passbook for the last six months.
  • The latest salary slip.
  • Form 16 or Income Tax Return (ITR) acknowledgement.
  • Net worth certificate.
  • Statement of demat holdings.

In-person Verification (IPV)

As part of the mandatory In-Person Verification (IPV) requirement for all brokers, a webcam or physical verification is required for NRI  accounts. See What is In-Person Verification (IPV), and why is it required?

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Once all the documents are ready, e-mail the soft copy of all the forms to forms@zerodha.com. The forms will be reviewed in case any corrections are required. The conversion will cost ₹500 and will be processed within 7 working days once all the documents are received. During the conversion period, clients will not be able to trade and check holdings. The holdings can be viewed on CDSL Easi. See, What is CDSL Easi and how to register for it? For faster conversion, ensure the trading account balance is zero, and there are no dues.

Courier all the documents to the following address:

Zerodha,
153/154, 4th Cross, J.P Nagar 4th Phase,
Opp. Clarence Public School,
Bengaluru - 560078

Did you know?

  • As per the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), NRI clients living in blacklisted countries cannot open a Zerodha account, and those living in greylisted countries can open an account only after Zerodha's compliance team approval. To learn more about the FATF list, visit fatf-gafi.org/en/countries/black-and-grey-lists.html
  • Clients can continue using their existing TPIN.

Notes

¹ Share transfer from a resident account to an NRI-NRE account is not allowed.

² Copy of PAN card, Passport, and Foreign address proof to be notarised by the Indian embassy or any other competent authority such as authorised officials of overseas branches of scheduled commercial banks registered in India (WEB) , public notaries, court magistrate, judge, or the Indian embassy (WEB) or consulate general in the country that they reside in the country where the NRI resides. The attesting authority should affix a verified with original stamp, name, designation, authority or employee code, signature and date on the said documents.