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  • Documents Required for PAN Card

    Like all other government issued proofs, PAN too requires applicants to submit a certain set of documents for identification purposes. Application for PAN can be made either online or offline. There are two kinds of application forms available for the same. One is form 49A and the other, for foreigners is form 49AA . Also, applications can be made both for new PAN as well as correction or reprint of an existing PAN card.

    Documents required for each type of PAN application are different and can be segregated based on the entities that are applying for it. Let us look into the different sets of documents required by various entities in order to obtain PAN.

    Documents Required for PAN Application by an Individual Indian Citizen

    Following is the list of documents that are required by an individual applicant who is a citizen of India.

    Proof of Identity required to apply for PAN Card by an Individual who is Indian Citizen

    Following are the documents out of which any one can be submitted as identity proof.

    • Copy of voter's identity card
    • Ration card with the applicant's photograph
    • Copy of passport
    • Copy of driving license
    • Arm's license
    • Copy of Aadhar card issued by Unique Identification Authority of India
    • Photo identity card issued by central government or state government or any other public sector undertaking
    • Central government health scheme card
    • Bank certificate containing an attested photograph of the applicant along with bank account number of the applicant
    • Copy of pensioner card having photograph of the applicant
    • Certificate of identity in original signed by a Member of Parliament or Member of Legislative Assembly or Municipal Counsellor

    In case of PAN card application for minors, any of the above documents either for parents or the minor can be submitted as proof of identity

    Address Proof Required to Apply for PAN Card by an Individual who is a Citizen of India

    Copy of the following documents that can be submitted as address proof

    • Copy of electricity bills
    • Copy of landline bills
    • Copy of broadband connection bill
    • Bank account statements
    • Credit card statement
    • Post office passbook featuring address of the applicant
    • Passport
    • Passport of spouse
    • Voter identity card with photograph
    • Latest order for property tax assessment
    • Driving license
    • Domicile certificate issued by government
    • Aadhar card issued by Unique Identification Authority of India
    • Allotment letter
    • If submitting copy of one of the first five documents, the documents should not be more than three months old.

    Proof of Date of Birth Required for PAN Card Application by an Individual who is a Citizen of India

    Proof of age is also required to be submitted by the PAN applicant. Any document that specifies the date of birth of the applicant serves the purpose. This document has to be any one of those listed below.

    • Birth certificate issued by the Municipal Authority or any office authorized to issue Birth and Death Certificate by the Registrar of Birth and Deaths or the Indian Consulate
    • Pension payment order
    • Marriage certificate issued by Registrar of Marriages
    • Matriculation certificate
    • Passport
    • Driving license; or
    • Domicile certificate issued by the central or state government
    • Affidavit signed before a magistrate stating the date of birth

    Documents Required for PAN Application by a Foreigner

    There are situations when an individual who is not an Indian citizen may require PAN for himself or herself. Documents required for the same are listed as under.

    Proof of Identity Required for PAN Application by an individual who is not an Indian citizen

    Following are the documents out of which any one can be submitted as identity proof by an individual who is not an Indian citizen

    • Copy of passport or
    • Copy of Person of Indian Origin card issued by the Indian Government or
    • Copy of overseas citizenship of India card issued by the Indian Government
    • Copy of other national or citizenship Identification Number or Taxpayer Identification Number duly attested by Apostille or by Indian Embassy or High Commission or Consulate in the country where the PAN applicant is located

    Proof of Address Required for PAN Card Application by a Foreign Citizen

    Copy of any of the following documents is required to be submitted as address proof.

    • Copy of passport or
    • Copy of Person of Indian Origin card issued by the Indian Government or
    • Copy of overseas citizenship of India card issued by the Indian Government
    • Copy of other national or citizenship Identification Number or Taxpayer Identification Number duly attested by Apostille or by Indian Embassy or High Commission or Consulate in the country where the PAN applicant is located
    • Copy of bank account statements in the country of residence
    • Copy of non-resident external bank account statements in India
    • Copy of registration certificate which is issued by Foreigner's Registration Office and shows Indian address
    • Copy of Visa granted by the foreign country and/or copy of appointment letter issued by an Indian company and original certificate of Indian Address issued by employer

    Documents Required for PAN Application by a Hindu Undivided Family (HUF)

    Hindu Undivided families are units which joint families in India form if there is a family business that is being shared between family members. This unit is required because in such situations there is a joint income earned and hence the income tax is attributed to the whole unit. For a Hindu Undivided Family or HUF, a single PAN is assigned to the whole unit. The application process requires a certain set of documents to be submitted. All Hindu Undivided Families are supposed to select a karta who is required to carry out all official formalities on behalf of the HUF. These documents are listed above and are same as the documents that are applicable to all citizens of India.

    Apart from that, they will need to submit the following additional documents:

    • A declaration signed by the karta of the HUF stating the name, father's name and address of all the HUF members
    • Copy of any of the above listed proof documents of the member who is supposed to act as the karta of the Hindu Undivided Family

    Documents Required for PAN Card Application by a Company

    Documents required for PAN Card Application by a Company Registered in India

    Documents required by any registered company for PAN Card Application in India are just a couple of things. This so because companies do not have a huge list of address or identity proofs to choose from in order to apply for PAN. Here are the two documents that are required by any company registered in India, for the purpose of PAN allocation.

    • Copy of Registration Certificate issued by the Registrar of Companies

    Documents required for PAN application by a Company Registered outside India

    • Certificate of Residence copy issued by the country of residence, duly attested by the Apostille or by Indian Embassy or High Commission or Consulate in the country
    • Copy of Registration Certificate issued in India or copy of approval granted to set up company in India by Indian authorities

    Documents Required to Apply for PAN Card by a Firm

    Documents Required for PAN Application by a firm (includes Limited Liability Partnership) registered or formed in India

    A Limited Liability Partnership is where all partners have limited liabilities and no one partner is responsible for misconduct or negligence of the other partner/partners. Following are the two documents required by LLPs for PAN application in India. Either of these documents can be submitted.

    • Copy of Registration Certificate issued by the Registrar of Limited Liability Partnerships or;
    • Copy of partnership deed

    Documents Required for PAN application by a Firm Registered outside India

    Following are the required documents for PAN Application by a firm formed or registered outside India

    • Certificate of Residence copy issued by the country of residence, duly attested by the Apostille or by Indian Embassy or High Commission or Consulate in the country
    • Copy of Registration Certificate issued in India or copy of approval granted to set up the firm in India by Indian authorities

    Documents required for PAN application by a Limited Liability Partnership Registered outside India

    Documents required for PAN application by a Limited Liability Partnership registered outside India are as follows

    • Certificate of Residence copy issued by the country of residence, duly attested by the Apostille or by Indian Embassy or High Commission or Consulate in the country
    • Copy of Registration Certificate issued in India or copy of approval granted to set up LLP in India by Indian authorities

    Required Documents for PAN Card Application by Trusts

    Documents Required for PAN Application by Trusts Registered or Formed in India

    An Association of Persons (Trust) is a unit that is formed by a group of individuals and is allowed to hold assets on behalf of a beneficiary or beneficiaries. Trusts can be formed in several different ways based on the aim of the unit. Following are the documents required by a trust which is trying to apply for PAN.

    • Copy of deed of Trust
    • Copy of Certificate of Registration Number issued by Charity Commissioner

    Documents Required to Apply for PAN Card by Trusts Registered outside India

    Documents required for PAN application by an Association of persons (Trusts) registered outside India

    • Certificate of Residence copy issued by the country of residence, duly attested by the Apostille or by Indian Embassy or High Commission or Consulate in the country
    • Copy of Registration Certificate issued in India or copy of approval granted to set up the trust in India by Indian authorities

    Documents Required for PAN Application by an Association of Persons (other than Trusts)

    Documents Required to Apply for PAN Card by an Association of Persons (other than Trusts) Registered in India

    Following are the documents required by the above listed entities for the purpose of PAN application by an Association of Persons (other than Trusts) or body of individuals or local authority or artificial juridical person registered or formed in India

    • Agreement copy
    • copy of Certificate of Registration Number issued by Charity Commissioner or Registrar of Co-operative Society or any other Competent Authority; or
    • Any other document originating from any Central Government or State Government Department establishing Identity and address of such person.

    Documents required for PAN Application by an Association of Persons (other than Trusts) Registered outside India

    Following are the Documents Required for PAN application by an Association of persons (except trusts) or body of individuals or local authority or any other entity registered outside India

    • Certificate of Residence copy issued by the country of residence, duly attested by the Apostille or by Indian Embassy or High Commission or Consulate in the country
    • Copy of Registration Certificate issued in India or copy of approval granted to set up the entity in India by Indian authorities

    The above listed information on documents required is based on the entity that is applying for PAN and based also on whether that entity is located in India or outside. Different documents are required in case the entity is not located in India. This is because standard proof documents are neither available nor relevant in such cases.

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