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

A PAN card is one of the most widely used formal documents. It is mandatory to submit a PAN card to file an IT return, open a bank account, buy a new asset such as a car or a house, for accommodations, trade & purchases, or even for transactions exceeding a particular amount, among many other uses. 

Well, not everybody has a PAN card, but everybody can have a PAN card. This blog will take you through the steps that you should follow to apply for a PAN card using both, online and offline ways.

How to Apply for a PAN Card Online?

There are two portals through which you can submit your PAN application online. One is NSDL whereas the other one is the UTIITSL portal. After visiting the official websites of any of these portals, you need to fill either of these forms- Form 49A (for Indian citizens) and Form 49AA (for foreigners).

Follow the below-mentioned steps when you log in to either of the web portals- NSDL or UTIITSL.

Apply for PAN Card through NSDL

  • Visit the official website of NSDL, after which, click on ‘Application Type’ on the next screen that appears
  • Choose the type of application you want to apply for (Form 49A- for Indian citizens), Form 49AA- for Foreign citizens)
  • Now, choose the category from the options available
  • Next, fill in your details carefully
  • Choose the title (out of Shri, Smt or Kumari) you want to reflect on your PAN card 
  • Write your Last name/Surname, First name and Middle name ( if there is any)
  • Select your DOB/Incorporation/Formation date in the following format – DD/MM/YY
  • Write down your email address that is in use so that you don’t miss out on any PAN-card related information
  • Enter your current mobile number
  • Tick mark on the guidelines
  • Enter the CAPTCHA code and submit your application
  • Next, you will be redirected to the payment page where you need to make a payment of Rs. 93 for your PAN card. In case, you opted for Form 49AA, you will have to pay Rs. 864
  • You can choose any payment method like a credit card, debit card, net banking, cheque or DD
  • After the successful submission of your PAN card application, you will receive an acknowledgement number page. Take a printout and keep it safe with you for further use
  • Paste your passport size photograph in the acknowledgement paper, sign it with a black pen and send the acknowledgement receipt to the Income Tax Department. Along with the receipt, send your residential proof, identity proof or other support documents as requested, within 15 days from the date of the online application
  • After the successful validation of your documents, you will receive your PAN card number to your registered mobile number and email id 

Apply for a PAN Card through UTIITSL

  • Visit the official website of UTIITSL and click on the option ‘For PAN Cards’
  • Click on ‘Apply PAN Card’
  • Now, you will be redirected to a new page with various options such as PAN card as an Indian Citizen, PAN card as Foreign Citizen, Download e-PAN, etc. 
  • Click on ‘PAN card as an Indian Citizen’ or ‘PAN Card as Foreign Citizen’
  • Click on the option that defines your citizenship and then click on ‘Apply for a new PAN Card (Form 49A)’, ‘Regenerate Online PAN application (Form 49A)’, or ‘Download blank PAN Form 49A’
  • Click on ‘Apply for a new PAN Card’
  • Next, you will be redirected to Form 49A or Form 49AA with two options to fill the form- ‘Physical Mode’ and ‘Digital Mode’
  • Click on ‘Physical Mode’; for a physical copy of the PAN card, you need to submit the signed application to the nearest UTIITSL office
  • Now, fill in all the required information such as ‘Status of the Applicant’ and choose your required PAN card mode
  • Once done, submit the application
  • On the next screen that appears, make the required payment for your PAN Card, using either a DD, cheque, internet banking, credit card, or debit card
  • After the payment, you will receive the soft copy of an acknowledgement paper
  • Now, take a printout of the acknowledgement paper, paste your passport size photograph, and sign it with a black pen
  • Send the acknowledgement receipt to the Income Tax Department along with the copies of the identity proof and residence proof copies within 15 days of submission of the online application
  • After the documentation process is completed, you will receive your PAN number to your registered mobile number and email id

How to Apply for a PAN Card Offline?

  • Log in to the official website of NSDL 
  • Click on ‘Apply Online’, download Form 49A, if you are an Indian Citizen, and/or Form 49AA, if you a foreign citizen
  • Fill the form carefully and upload all the supporting documents along with a passport size photograph and pay the PAN card fee
  • Once done, take a printout of the 15 digit acknowledgement number and sign it
  • Attach the passport size photograph along with POI (Proof of Identity)/POA (Point of Address)
  • Now, send all the above documents to the NSDL office, along with the Demand Draft (in case you are paying through it) carefully

List of Documents to Submit for a PAN Card

As mentioned above, you need to send in your identity proof and address proof details with your PAN card acknowledgement receipt. For a smooth PAN card verification process, make sure you have the following documents in handy-

Proof of Address

Proof of Identity

AADHAR Card

Voter ID card

Driving License

AADHAR Card

Passport 

Driving License

Voter ID card

Passport

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

Both online and offline ways can be used to apply for a PAN card. However, it is very important to submit the right documents, registered email id and phone number. Any shortage of official documents or submission of the wrong number or any other required information might hinder your way to getting a PAN card smoothly.

FAQs
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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