PAN Card Application Last Updated : 18 Oct 2021

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Pan Card Application

A PAN card is an essential document for any Indian citizen for proof of identity and more importantly for all your tax purposes. The Income Tax Department of India has made PAN card applications easier over the years with the help of the internet.

The Income Tax department has assigned the National Securities Depositary Limited (NSDL) primarily for the application of PAN card online. Apart from this, UTI Infrastructure and Services Limited (UTIISL) has also been appointed by the IT Department for the application of PAN cards.

There are several agencies working on a district-level providing PAN cards for applications from accepting applications, processing them and then providing the customers with the card.

How to Apply For a PAN Card?

Application of a PAN card can be done online as well as through offline methods. To apply for the card online, you can visit the official website of NSDL and fill in the required details. You can also visit the website of UTIIISL to do so. For offline application, you will be required to download the application form and submit it to the agency of your choice.

Online Process to Apply For a PAN Card

Here are the steps which need to be followed to apply for the PAN card:

Step-1 In order to apply for a PAN card online, you will have to visit the website of NSDL where you can fill in the information which needs to be submitted.

Step-2 Click on the option 'Apply Online' on the top left corner since you are a new applicant.

  • In the drop-down, you can select one from the three options which are:
  • New PAN – Indian Citizen
  • New PAN – Foreign Citizen
  • Changes or Correction on Existing PAN/Re-print of PAN card.

Step-3 Once done, you will need to select the 'Category'. The category list includes options such as individual, company, an associate of individuals, Hindu Undivided Family, Trust, Limited Liability Partnership, local authority, etc.

Step-4 After choosing any one of the following options, you will need to fill in your details.

The information must be provided for these sections:

  • Title
  • Last name
  • First name
  • Middle name
  • Date of Birth
  • Email ID
  • Phone number

Step-5 After providing the required information, you will have to re-type a captcha code and then click on 'Submit'.

Step-6 After submitting, the website provides you with a 15-digit acknowledgement number and the page must be printed.

Process to Apply For a PAN Card Offline

Here are the steps to follow in order to apply for a PAN card through offline methods:

Step-1 You will need to download the Form 49A from the official website of Income Tax Department of India or you can visit any of the Income Tax PAN service centre which is managed by UTIISL.

Step-2 Fill up the form with all the sections in the 8 pages.

Step-3 Once done, you will have to send a demand draft of Rs.107 including tax along with the application form.

  • If the PAN application needs to be sent outside India, an additional amount of Rs.887 must be paid.

Step-4 The form must be sent along with a copy of your ID proof and address proof to - INCOME TAX PAN SERVICES UNIT (Managed by NSDL e-Governance, Infrastructure Limited), 5th Floor, Mantri Sterling, Plot No. 341, Survey No. 997/8, Model Colony, Near Deep Bungalow Chowk, Pune - 411 016.

How to Apply For a New PAN Card in Case of Loss?

In case, you have lost your PAN card, you can apply for a reissue of your card by visiting the NSDL website. From the main page, you can select the option of 'Reprint of PAN Card'. This can be opted if you already have a PAN card and number issued to you but have misplaced/lost the original copy of it.

To apply for the same, here are the steps which you need to take:

  • Visit the website of NSDL.
  • Click on the 'Apply Now' option under the option of 'Reprint of PAN Card'.
  • You can either choose the 'Apply Now' or the 'Registered User' option if you are a registered member of NSDL.
  • If you are a registered user, you need to enter your Temporary Token Number along with your e-mail ID, phone number, date of birth and the captcha code and click on 'submit'.
  • Under the 'apply online' option, you will need to add your details such as first name, surname, application type and category along with your phone number, date of birth and e-mail ID.
  • Once done, add the captcha code and click on 'submit'.
  • A token number will be presented to you which must be kept for future references.
  • You can then apply for the reprint of your PAN card online from the same page by entering the required details.
  • Your PAN card can either be sent to your e-mail ID provided or a physical card will be sent to your address through post depending on what you choose.

Application For New PAN card for Indian, Foreign Citizens and for Making Changes or Corrections in Existing PAN Card

In order to apply for a new PAN card for India citizens, foreign citizens and for the reprint of existing PAN card, you can visit the official website of NDSL and fill up the Pan form.

Who Can Apply For a PAN Card?

Application of PAN card or a request for any kind of correction on PAN card can be done by any individual, trusts, corporate companies, organisations, local authorities, minors, senior citizens as well as governments.

Every tax-payer in the country needs to have a PAN card in order to make any financial transactions such as receiving a salary which is under the tax bracket, buying or investing in mutual funds. With your PAN card, all financial transactions are tracked and kept account of by the Income Tax Department.

Documents Required for Application of New / Modified / Reprint / Correction Of PAN

The documents which will be required for the application of PAN card in either of these categories should verify your identity, date of birth and address.

The application forms for all these categories can be found on the official website of NDSL and UTIITSL.

The following documents are required for the application:

  • Aadhar Card
  • Passport
  • Passport size photographs
  • Acknowledgement letter (in case of new passport)

Things to keep in mind while applying for a new PAN card

There are a few things that should be kept in mind at the time of applying for a new PAN card. Some of the important factors are being listed below:

1. The personal details provided by you should match the details which are recorded on your documents which you have submitted.

2. Double check the address of residence before submitting the application.

3. Make sure that you provide your active email ID and mobile phone number.

4. You cannot apply for a new PAN card if you already have a PAN which has been issued to you previously. You have to place a request for a duplicate card if you have lost or misplaced your PAN card.

5. In case you are applying offline, make sure that you fill up Form 49A in block letter only.

6. Before you submit the Form 49A, make sure that your photograph is pinned to your application form.

7. In the case of online applications, make sure that the size of your photograph does not exceed 30 kb. The file should be in JPEG format and in square dimension (213*213).

8. In the case of online applications, make sure that the size of your scanned signature copy does not exceed 60 kb. The file should be in JPEG format.

9. For offline application, the signature or thumb impression of the applicant should go across the photo provided with the form.

10. In case of an application being submitted with thumb impression, the same has to be attested by a Magistrate or Gazetted Officer.

Fees and Charges for PAN Card

The fees and charges applied varies on the type of application which is filed with the Income Tax Department of India. For example, for application of a new PAN card, Rs.107 is the fee which needs to be paid in the form of a demand draft when applied online. This is for an Indian citizen.

Depending on your type of application for the card, if you are an Indian or a foreign citizen or if you have applied for changes to be made, the fees charged varies. A postal fee is also charged if you choose the option of card delivery to your address.

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FAQs on PAN Card Application

  1. What will happen if I sent a cheque in place of demand draft to NSDL for PAN processing fee?
  2. As NSDL accepts the payment of the requisite fees for PAN card application only through credit card/debit card/net banking or Demand Draft, on sending a cheque I believe the application will not be processed. The best thing to be done is to stick to the guidelines mentioned in the official website of Tax Information Network (TIN) and make the payment through the modes mentioned there. If the fee is paid through a Demand Draft, it should be drawn in favour of 'NSDL-PAN', that is payable at Mumbai. The Demand Draft must be sent to 'Income Tax PAN Services Unit, NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited, 5th Floor, Mantri Sterling, Plot No. 341, Survey No. 997/8, Model Colony, Near Deep Bungalow Chowk, Pune - 411016.

  3. What does 'PAN has been allotted by Income Tax department', 'Your PAN is under process' at NSDL mean?
  4. Both statements have different meanings. While 'Your PAN is under process' means that the PAN application has been accepted and is being processed, 'PAN has been allotted by Income Tax Department' means that the PAN card containing the 10-digit alphanumeric number has been allotted by the department and has been dispatched to the address mentioned in the application form.

  5. How long is a PAN valid after it is allotted?
  6. A Permanent Account Number or PAN is valid for a lifetime. Once it has been issued to an user, it will be unaltered throughout his or her lifetime.

  7. Can I get the information on my PAN card corrected?
  8. Yes, you can get the information corrected on your PAN card.

  9. How can I get the information in my PAN database rectified?
  10. You can simply visit the official NSDL portal and login using your credentials to request the changes for your PAN.

  11. Can I apply for more than one PAN?
  12. No, you cannot hold more than one PAN. Only one PAN is allotted to each individual.

  13. Is it a punishable offence to hold more than one PAN card?
  14. Yes, it is a punishable offence to hold more than one PAN card. In such cases, it invites a penalty of Rs.10,000 under Section 272 B of the Income Tax Act, 1961.


News About PAN Card Application

  • Form 49A compulsory to apply for PAN

    While applying for a PAN there are different forms that needs to be filled. Indian citizens need to fill for 49A compulsorily. This form must be filled by companies, citizens, entities, staying and formed within India. For citizens, entities, and companies who aren’t formed in India, form 49AA must be filled.

    Documents needed to fill form A

    Identity proof (Aadhaar card, passport, ration card, bank certificate, etc,)


    An Indian citizen must pay Rs.93 + GST.

    24 June 2019

  • Don't Make These 10 Mistakes When Applying for a PAN Card Using Form 49A

    A convenient way to apply for a PAN card is to fill in Form 49A and submit it online. Alternatively, you can download the form, fill in the details, attach the required documents, and submit it to the NSDL office.

    That being said, people tend to make mistakes while filling out their application form. This often leads to your application form being cancelled.

    To prevent this from happening, here are 10 mistakes you shouldn’t make:

    1. While filling out the form, ensure that your signature is within the box provided and does not go across the box.
    2. Ensure that you only provide your signature and no other details (date, place, etc.) in the signature box.
    3. All address proof and identity proof documents should be in the name of the applicant. If you submit any address proof document that is, say, in your parent’s or guardian’s name, your application will be rejected.
    4. In the space allocated for your father’s name, do not mention your spouse’s name.
    5. Try not to use abbreviations of your initials.
    6. Make sure that the complete postal address is written. This should include the landmark as well.
    7. Ensure that all details are correct. This includes your PIN code, email id, and telephone number.
    8. Do not overwrite or make any corrections to the document. If you have made a mistake, download another form and start entering details afresh.
    9. Do not staple or pin your photograph to the form.
    10. If you have already been allotted a PAN card, do not apply for another one since it is illegal to own two PAN cards at the same time.

    Keep these points in mind while filling out your application form. This will help reduce the chances of your application being rejected.

    20 May 2019

  • PAN Application To Include Third Gender Option From Now On

    The Government of India has modified the Income Tax rules in a bid to include the third gender as an independent category of applicants for securing Permanent Account Number (PAN) for tax-related purposes. The Central Board of Direct Taxes or CBDT has issued a gazette notification dated April 9 2018, under sections 139A and 295 of the Income Tax Act. Form 49A and Form 49AA will include the option of transgender apart from the ‘Male’ and ‘Female’ category. It needs to be mentioned that the transgender community were facing issues in procuring a PAN card. The issue further escalated when the linking of PAN and Aadhaar was introduced as Aadhaar included the third gender category and PAN did not provide the option.

    16 April 2018

  • Cbdt Makes Amends In Pan Application Form, Includes Third Gender

    The application forms used to apply for or even update the Permanent Account Number (PAN) has been revised to include the third gender. According to a notification issued by the CBDT on April 9, 2018, Form 49A, and Form 49AA will now also have the option of third or transgender, along with 'Female' and 'Male.' Application forms of Voter ID cards and Aadhaar cards already have the option of third gender mentioned in them. Since PAN card is an important financial document, since it is mandatory to avail various financial services like starting a bank account, filing ITR, investing in fixed deposits, among others. Last year, the government introduced Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act that made it compulsory for applicants trying to get new PAN cards to quote their Aadhaar card number from July 1, 2017.

    Existing PAN cardholders were asked to link it with their Aadhaar to avoid getting their PAN invalid. Since Aadhaar already includes the third gender as an option and PAN so far did not have this option, it made things and process difficult. With the launch of this initiative, it will be easy for PAN cardholders across the country to link it with their Aadhaar cards.

    11 April 2018

  • Government gives more time for linking PAN with Aadhaar

    A number of individuals were left in a state of panic when the government announced that every citizen of India had to get their PAN Card linked with their Aadhaar Card before the 1st of July. The online portal which was meant to be used for linking a person's PAN with their Aadhaar Card was extremely slow due to high traffic on the site. The government has now given the people a reason to breathe as PAN Cards which have not been linked yet will not immediately become invalid. The government has provided some more time for people to link these two documents. Individuals can even link their cards via SMS by sending "UIDPAN <12 digit Aadhaar> <10 digit PAN>" to 567678 or 56161.

    14 July 2017

  • New Income Tax Rules

    1. The government has reduced the tax rate instead of raising the income tax limit. The minimum tax rate has been reduced from 10% to 5%. Income between Rs.2.5 lakhs and Rs.5 lakhs per annum will be levied a tax @ 5%.

    2. To avoid duplicity in income tax filing, the government has made it compulsory to have an Aadhaar number to apply for a PAN or file Income Tax Returns.

    3. There is a 10% surcharge on income between Rs.50 lakh and Rs.1 crore. There present surcharge of 15% on income above Rs.1 crore remains unchanged.

    4. Under the amended rules of the Finance Bill 2017, the government has put a daily limit on cash transactions to the tune of Rs.2 lakh.

    5. There are seven new Income Tax Returns forms introduced by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). The CBDT has further simplified the ITR-1 Sahaj form for individuals and Hindu Undivided Famalies (HUF).

    6. A rental payment of more than Rs.50,000 will be levied a 5% tax deduction at source.

    7. Tax Commissioners now have sweeping powers. The amended tax rules grant tax officers the power to search a premise, seize assets and make arrests if necessary.

    8. The new tax rules also give tax officers retrospective powers. Tax officers will now be able to reopen tax violation cases up to 10 years old, if an income of Rs.50 lakh or above is found during search and seizure.

    9. There will be no tax on partial withdrawal of funds from the National Pension Scheme (NPS). Individuals who have made savings in NPS can withdraw up to 25% of their savings before retirement.

    10. Property may now fall under the purview of long-term gains if it is held for a minimum of 2 years. The rules earlier stated that the property needed to be held for a minimum of 3 years to fall under the purview of long-term gains.

    6 April 2017

  • Procuring Documents Has Become Much Easier Now

    Some of the most important documents that individuals must possess are, Aadhaar Card, Voter ID and Pan Card. However, the process to procure these documents has always been quite cumbersome and time consuming. The good news is that, situation is a lot better now as applicants need not visit tehsil or district offices to get these documents.

    Applicants can now visit any of the CSCs or Common Services Centers and pay for the form(s). These prices have already been fixed. Customers can procure colour Voter ID, PAN card (fee of Rs.107 is charged) and even their Aadhaar card for the same. Similarly, if applicants wish to procure a Passport, they will have to visit one of these Centers and submit the application form and fee. This Centre will aid the individual in availing an appointment at the Passport office. A fee of Rs.100 is charged for the same.

    21 September 2016

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