How to Apply for a PAN Card Easily- A Step by Step Guide

How to Apply for a PAN Card Easily

A PAN card is required to file an IT return, open a bank account, purchase a new asset such as a car or a house, for accommodations, trade & purchases, or even for transactions exceeding a certain amount, among many other things.

Although not everyone has a PAN card, anyone can obtain one. This blog will walk you through the steps you need to take to apply for a PAN card both online and offline.

How to Apply for a PAN Card Online?

You can submit your PAN application online through one of two portals. The first is the NSDL portal, and the second is the UTIITSL portal. After visiting the official websites of any of these portals, you must complete one of these forms: Form 49A (for Indian citizens) or Form 49AA (for non-Indian citizens) (for foreigners).

When you log in to either the NSDL or UTIITSL web portals, follow the steps outlined below.

Apply for PAN Card through NSDL

  • Visit the NSDL official website, then click on ‘Application Type’ on the next screen that appears
  • Choose the type of application that you want to submit (Form 49A for Indian citizens, Form 49AA for foreign citizens)
  • Now, select a category from the drop-down menu
  • Fill in your information carefully after that
  • Choose the title (Shri, Smt, or Kumari) that you want to appear on your PAN card
  • Fill in the blanks with your last name/surname, first name, and middle name ( if there is any)
  • Choose your DOB/Incorporation/Formation date in the format shown below – DD/MM/YY
  • Keep a record of your current email address so you don’t miss out on any PAN-card-related information
  • Enter your current mobile number
  • Tick mark on the guidelines
  • Submit your application after entering the CAPTCHA code
  • The page will then redirect you to the payment page, where you must pay Rs. 93 for your PAN card. If you select Form 49AA, you must pay Rs. 864
  • You can pay with a credit card, a debit card, net banking, a check, or a DD
  • After successfully submitting your PAN card application, you will receive an acknowledgement number page. Take a printout and save it for future use
  • Place a passport-sized photograph on the acknowledgement paper, sign it with a black pen, and mail the acknowledgement receipt to the Income Tax Department. Send your residential proof, identity proof, or other support documents, along with the receipt, within 15 days of the date of the online application
  • After your documents have been successfully validated, you will be sent your PAN card number to your registered mobile number and email address

Apply for a PAN Card through UTIITSL

  • Visit the official website of UTIITSL and select the ‘For PAN Cards’ option
  • Click on ‘Apply PAN Card’
  • You will now be redirected to a new page with options such as PAN card as an Indian Citizen, PAN card as a Foreign Citizen, Download e-PAN, etc. 
  • Select ‘PAN Card as an Indian Citizen’ or ‘PAN Card as a Foreign Citizen’ from the drop-down menus
  • Click on the option that best describes your citizenship, then on ‘Apply for a New PAN Card (Form 49A),’ ‘Regenerate Online PAN Application (Form 49A),’ or ‘Download Blank PAN Form 49A.’
  • Select ‘Apply for a New PAN Card.’
  • Following that, you will be redirected to Form 49A or Form 49AA, where you will have two options for filling out the form: ‘Physical Mode’ and ‘Digital Mode.
  • Click on ‘Physical Mode,’ and then submit the signed application to the nearest UTIITSL office for a physical copy of the PAN card
  • Fill in all of the required information, such as ‘Applicant Status,’ and select your preferred PAN card mode
  • Once done, submit the application
  • Make the required payment for your PAN Card on the following screen, using a DD, cheque, internet banking, credit card, or debit card
  • Following payment, you will be sent a soft copy of an acknowledgement paper
  • Now, take a printout of the acknowledgement paper, paste your passport-sized photograph on it, and sign it in black ink
  • Send the acknowledgement receipt, along with copies of the identity and residence proofs, to the Income Tax Department within 15 days of submitting the online application
  • After the documentation process is completed, your PAN number will be sent to your registered mobile number and email address

How to Apply for a PAN Card Offline?

  • Log in to the official website of NSDL
  • Click ‘Apply Online,’ then download Form 49A if you are an Indian citizen, and Form 49AA if you are a foreign citizen
  • Fill out the form carefully, upload all supporting documents, including a passport-sized photograph, and pay the PAN card fee
  • After that, print a copy of the 15-digit acknowledgement number and sign it
  • Attach a passport-sized photograph as well as POI (Proof of Identity)/POA (Proof of Authorization) (Point of Address)
  • Now, carefully send all of the above documents to the NSDL office, along with the Demand Draft (if you are paying with it)

List of Documents to Submit for a PAN Card

As previously stated, you must submit your identity proof and address proof details along with your PAN card acknowledgement receipt. Make sure you have the following documents on hand for a smooth PAN card verification process:

Proof of Address

Proof of Identity


Voter ID card

Driving License



Driving License

Voter ID card


Post office passbook

Ration Card

Domicile certificate

Photo ID Card

Property Tax assessment order

Bank certificate

Letter of allotment issued by the state or central government

Pensioner Card, Arm’s License, Central Government Health Scheme Card

Landline bill, gas connection card, water bill, bank account statement, credit card statement, electricity bill (not over 3 months)

Certificate of Identity (Signed by Member of Parliament/Municipal Councilor/Member of Legislative Assembly

A PAN card can be obtained through both online and offline means. It is, however, critical to submit the correct documents, as well as a registered email address and phone number. Any lack of official documents, as well as the submission of the incorrect number or other required information, may impede your ability to obtain a PAN card.

How much do I need to pay for a PAN card?
For Indian Citizens, the PAN card fee is Rs. 93 whereas, for Foreign citizens, it is Rs. 864.
Can I get more than one PAN card?
No, you cannot procure more than one PAN card. Instead, if you have more than one PAN card, you will have to pay a penalty of Rs. 10,000.
Is it important to mention PAN in return of income?
Yes, it is important to quote your PAN card details in return of income. If you fail to do so, a penalty will be charged against it.
Can a student apply for a PAN card?
One can apply for a PAN card only after reaching the age of 18 years. In case you are a minor (younger than 18 years), your parents can apply for the PAN card on your behalf.
What is the validity of a PAN card?
A PAN card remains valid for a lifetime. In case, if you want to make changes to the PAN card, you need to raise a request for the same using any of the websites- NSDL, UTIITSL.
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