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How to get a PAN card number

Whether you want to take up a job, start a business, open a bank account or pay your taxes, you will need a PAN card. The PAN card is one of the most important documents to conduct any sort of financial transactions in India today. It is also a valid proof of identity.

What is a PAN card?

PAN stands for permanent account number. It’s a 10-digit alphanumeric code issued by the Income Tax Department. This code is unique to each individual. You must quote this code while making any major financial transaction. The PAN allows the IT department to monitor transactions and keep track of the taxes you have paid.

HOW TO GET A PAN CARD?

You can easily apply to make a PAN card online or offline.

HERE’S HOW TO MAKE A PAN CARD ONLINE:

  • Step 1:   Visit the NSDL website: https://www.onlineservices.nsdl.com/paam/endUserRegisterContact.html
  • Step 2:   Select ‘Application Type’ option. Download Form 49A if you are an Indian resident. An NRI or foreign national should download form 49AA
  • Step 3:   Click category ‘Individual’. Fill in personal details like name, date of birth, mobile number, email id, etc.
  • Step 4:   Enter the captcha code and submit the information. A token will be generated on your screen
  • Step 5:   Take a screenshot of the token page and click on ‘Proceed with PAN Application Form.’
  • Step 6:   Choose one of the three options:
    • - Submit digitally through e-KYC
    • - Submit scanned images through e-sign
    • - Forward application documents physically
    • The first two options offer a completely paperless PAN card application process. But you must have an Aadhar card or digital signature for it. If you don’t have an Aadhar card or digital signature, choose the third option.
  • Step 7:   Enter details like Aadhaar number, parents name, etc.
  • Step 8:   Click next after filling all the data
  • Step 9:   Fill in details like the source of income, address, contact details, etc.
  • Step 10:   Click next and include other details like area code, assessing officer, range code, evaluating officer code
  • Step 11:   Click on next.
  • Step 12:   If you chose ‘Submit scanned images through e-sign’ in step 6, you will need to upload all the supporting documents mentioned in the form along with your passport size photograph and signature. You will also need a digital signature (DSC) to authenticate the document.
    If you chose ‘Submit digitally through e-KYC’, your Aadhar information will be used for the application. You will need to authenticate the document through an OTP-based verification.
    If you chose ‘Forward application documents physically’, then you must print the application form after completing the process, sign it and send it to the address mentioned in point number 15 along with your photograph and relevant documents.
  • Step 13:   Make the required payment (INR 115.90) either by debit or credit card
  • Step 14:   Your screen will show a 15-digit acknowledgement number. Send the number to the following address:
    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

    You must also attach all relevant documents required for PAN card and photographs along with the acknowledgement number if you chose ‘Forward application documents physically’
  • Step 15:   Your subject line on the envelope should mention APPLICATION FOR PAN -N-15 DIGIT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT NUMBER.'
  • Step 16:   Once NSDL receives your application, it will take 15-20 days to process your PAN
  • Step 17:   You can track your PAN card at https://tin.tin.nsdl.com/pantan/StatusTrack.html using the 15-digit acknowledgement number

What are the documents required for a PAN card?

You must submit all the necessary documents required for PAN card like proof of identity, address and age for your application.

Proof of identity:

  • Aadhaar Card
  • Voter’s ID
  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • Ration card with photograph
  • Photo ID issued by the Central Government or State Government or PSU
  • Pensioner card with photograph
  • Central Government Health Service Scheme Card or Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme photo card
  • Certificate of identity signed by a MP, MLA, municipal councillor or a Gazetted officer
  • Bank certificate on letter head from the branch (along with name and stamp of the issuing officer) containing duly attested photograph and bank account number of the applicant

Proof of address

  • Aadhaar Card
  • Voter’s ID
  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • Spouse’s passport
  • Post-office passbook with address
  • Domicile certificate
  • Property tax assessment order
  • Property registration document
  • Government residence allotment letter
  • Copy of electricity, phone, water or gas bill
  • Bank account, depository account or credit card statement
  • Employer certificate
  • Certificate of address signed by a MP, MLA, municipal councillor or a Gazetted officer

Proof of age

  • Aadhaar Card
  • Voter’s ID
  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • Matriculation mark sheet
  • Birth certificate
  • Photo ID issued by the Central Government or State Government or PSU
  • Pensioner card with photograph
  • Central Government Health Service Scheme Card or Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme photo card
  • Domicile certificate
  • Marriage certificate
  • Sworn affidavit

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