Frequently Asked Questions

Q What are minimum requirements for publishing a newspaper/magazine or a news agency?
A A person should have Master degree in any subject with 5 years’ experience or bachelor degree in any subject with 10 years’ experience in journalism with registered publication / news agency
Q Do the academic and experience qualification criteria apply on NOC for title of a printing press?  
A No. This does not apply in this case. 
Q How do I know if a title is available or not?
A An applicant shall submit a request on prescribed proforma for allotment of a title along with requisite documents and proposed title names. Press Registrar Office will check the availability of proposed title names and inform the applicant.
Q What is fee for NOC and Registration?
A

For Metropolitan including Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Lahore and Karachi:
Fee for NOC is Rs. 5,000/-

Fee for Registration (Fresh/Renewal) is Rs. 10,000/-

For Rest of the country:

Fee for NOC is Rs. 1,000/-

Fee for Registration is Rs. 1,000

Q Is there any minimum requirement for my account balance for NOC and Registration?
A For NOC and Registration cases regarding publications and news agencies minimum balance should be Rs. 500,000. Whereas for NOC cases of printing press minimum balance should be Rs. 500,000 but for Registration cases of printing press the applicant shall submit a bank statement equivalent to current cost of machinery installed at printing press.
Q How many titles an applicant can hold?
A An applicant can hold maximum three titles including publications and news agencies.
Q When to apply for fresh registration?
A A publisher /owner of a title shall apply for its registration with Press Registrar Office within 3 months of date of declaration or publication of first issue/ release of news stories. 
Q What is the validity period of a registration certificate?
A Validity of a registration certificate is three years.
Q When to apply for renewal of a registration certificate?
A A publisher shall apply for renewal within three months of expiry of registration certificate. Failing which may lead to imposition of penalty.
Q Whom do I contact in case of a complaint?
A OPR Complaint Desk can be contacted for complaints. Citizen may also register complaints at PMDU.
Q What policy has Press Registrar defined if a title is inadvertently or otherwise issued to more than one applicants?
A Press Registrar has notified policy measure in case same title is issued to more than one applicants. In such cases, preference for Registration and continuation will be given to the older one.