Vending Machine Licenses in India: Full List [May’24]

Congratulations! You’ve decided to become a business owner! And you have chosen the vending machine business. Well, we have good news for you, you have made the right choice! 

Hello everyone, We keep publishing quality content about vending machine businesses in India to help people like you read our blog right now to get started without any hassle.

In this blog post, we will be unfolding all the necessary vending machine licenses which are required to get to start a vending machine business or vending machine franchise.


You have taken the first step, what now? You must have all sorts of questions.

How to set up your business legally? How to get vending machine licenses?  What paperwork is needed & steps are to identify the legal structure?

You are not the only one and we are going to help you figure everything out and make things easier for you.

We have covered everything here related to what licenses you need to start a vending machine business in India; what norms you need to follow and comply with, and anything else that you might need.


Why do you need a license for Vending Machine Business?

For a business to run smoothly, there has to be a certain sense of accountability. The license or registration with the authorities ensures the businesses stay accountable at all times through a system of rules and regulations. A license allows you to comply with all these rules and regulations.

A license and registration also help you avoid any penalties or bans in case of any violation or missing information and registration.

It also allows you to build trust among your customers and consumers about your authenticity and provides a sense of relief to them about a ‘registered’ brand.

Here is everything that you need to know


List of Licenses required for Vending Machine Business


FSSAI License: The most basic license that every food seller requires is a permit from a food corporation. It will also help build trust among customers.

GST Number: Every good has applied a tax on its sale. This tax registration is mandatory in India.

GST or the Goods and Services Tax replaced a lot of indirect taxes that were levied on commodities. Every vendor has to have a GST registration in order to operate. The process is fairly simple and can be done online.

Trade License: You are trading food with your customers. Then you are eligible for the trade license.

In case you want to take vending machine franchise:

If you are not from a business background and starting the business for the first time, you can also go for a Franchise Model.

Getting a Vending Machine Franchise is a good way to go about things. There are a lot of advantages associated with the franchise model.

  • Get Vending Machines, Software, and Apps.
  • Get Training and vendor, and supply support
  • Customer support is also provided to the franchise partner
  • You can leverage the brand image of the Franchisor (the company that is providing franchise opportunities)
  • Marketing & Location acquisition support.


For a franchise, you would need to register a firm, get a GST number, and have identity proof like an Aadhar card, and a PAN card. 


The FSSAI (Food Safety & Standards Authority of India) License: 


An FSSAI registration is required for any business involved in the food industry, including manufacturing, processing, storage, distribution, and sale. The FSSAI registration number is a 14-digit number that must be printed on all food containers. The primary goal of the FSSAI registration is to increase the food business operator’s accountability.

The Food Standards and Safety Authority of India (FSSAI) is the primary authority in charge of food safety regulation. As a result, taking the FSSAI Basic Registration is required by law.

A Food business operator who owns or rents the food vending machine must get an FSSAI certificate. You should not be doing or running a vending machine business if you do not have an FSSAI certificate. It is prohibited to operate a food vending machine without first registering with the FSSAI.

The food safety standard authority of India (FSSAI) has made it mandatory for all.

The process is fairly simple and can be done online.


Required Documents for Basic FSSAI Registration


  1. Authorized person address proof
  2. Passport size photo
  3. Business name and address
  4. FSSAI declaration form
  5. Nature of business details

There are different categories under which businesses fall and they need to get their licenses accordingly.

Different Types of Licenses


State & Central licenses

Businesses with annual revenue of Rs.12 lakhs to Rs.20 crore can apply for a state license from the FSSAI.

Businesses with annual revenue of more than 20 crore rupees are eligible to apply for an FSSAI central license.


Required Documents for State and Central FSSAI License

  1. Rental Agreement of Business Premises.
  2. Any ID proof like Aadhaar Card or Voter ID Card
  3. Company Incorporation Certificate / Firm Registration/Trade License/Partnership deed copy, etc.
  4. Fssai declaration form & Nature of Business.

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