Online PAN CARD Application

PAN, or Permanent Account Number, is a unique 10-digit alphanumeric identity allotted to each taxpayer by the Income Tax Department. PAN is an identification key with which the Income Tax Department can track the taxable component of your financial transactions and round up tax defaulters.

The PAN application process for an individual is given below:

Step 1: Locate, fill and submit online form:

  • Visit
  • Choose the appropriate form - Form 49 A is for Indian citizens and Form 49AA is for foreign citizens
  • Fill in your details – when in doubt yell i.e. refer to the instructions given in the form for each detail asked
  • Submit the form online - an acknowledgement is displayed which has a unique 15 digit acknowledgement number

Step 2: Getting together the acknowledgement package

  • Save and print a copy of this acknowledgement.
  • Paste two recent colour photographs with white background (size 3.5 cm x 2.5 cm) in the space provided.
  • Sign twice - once within the box provided for signature and once across the photograph pasted on the left side of the form – a part of the sign should spill over on the acknowledgment.
  • DO NOT sign or put any mark on the photograph affixed on the right side of the form. If any mark hinders the clear visibility of the face of the applicant here, the application is rejected! You will have to restart the whole process. Ugh!
  • A proof of address, a proof of identity and a proof of date of birth have to be attached to the acknowledgment form. Aadhar card, Passport, Electoral photo identity card, driving license are acceptable documents for all three “proof-categories” and so are the most convenient to attach. The entire list of acceptable documents is mentioned in the form.
  • IMPORTANT - Your name as mentioned in the proof documents should be in the same format as that in the PAN application form … else it is Ugh once more! So please take care when you fill your name if the form.

Step 3: Payment of fees

  • The fee is Rs. 107/- if communication address is within India and Rs. 989/- if outside India
  • For within India the fee can be paid by Demand draft, cheque, debit/credit card, net banking
  • For outside India it can be paid by Debit/credit card and demand draft only
  • Cheque / DD should be in favour of NSDL – PAN.
  • Save and print the payment acknowledgement for debit/credit card payment or net banking.
  • This payment acknowledgement or cheque/ demand draft will also be added to the acknowledgement package we have prepared earlier.
  • Now our parcel is ready for dispatch!

Step 4 – Send the parcel

  • Send the parcel to NSDL at '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'.
  • Super scribe envelope with ‘APPLICATION FOR PAN – and your acknowledgement number’.
  • The parcel must reach NDSDL within 15 days of submission of online application.

Step 5 – Track your PAN application

  • After three days of application you can track the status of your PAN application using the Acknowledgment Number
  • Receive your PAN Card

…… And now dear reader it’s time to pay your taxes and – you have received your PAN Card; the taxman has the identification key!

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