How to Apply for an NSDL PAN Card- Easy Steps to Follow

how to apply for nsdl pan card
how to apply for nsdl pan card

A PAN card, like an Aadhaar card, is the most important document to submit for income tax returns and related tasks. A PAN card is also required to open a bank account, purchase real estate, or other assets.

An applicant can apply for a PAN card online or in person. The process for applying for a PAN card via any of the methods may differ; however, the eligibility criteria and documentation requirements remain the same.

Aside from applying for a PAN card, an applicant can apply for a PAN card through two different channels: NSDL and UTIITSL. The steps in each of these portals may differ slightly.

In this blog, we will learn how to apply for an NSDL PAN card online and offline.

How to Apply for a PAN Card Online?

Following are the given steps to apply for a PAN card online-

Apply for PAN Card through NSDL

  • Visit the official website of NSDL, click on ‘Application Type’ on the next screen that appears
  • Select the type of application you want to submit (Form 49A for Indian citizens, Form 49AA for foreign citizens)
  • Next, select a category from the drop-down menu
  • Fill in your information carefully
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Submit your application after entering the CAPTCHA code
  • You will then be redirected to the payment page, where you must pay Rs. 93 for your PAN card. Form 49AA requires a payment of Rs. 864
  • Select a payment method, such as a credit card, debit card, net banking, check, or DD
  • You will receive an acknowledgement number page after successfully submitting your PAN card application. Take a printout and keep it safe for future reference
  • 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.
  • Following the successful validation of your documents, you will be sent your PAN card number to your registered mobile number and email address

How to Apply for a PAN Card through NSDL Offline?

The following are the steps an applicant must take to apply for a PAN card through NSDL:

  • Log in to the official website of NSDL
  • Click ‘Apply Online’ and then download Form 49A if you are an Indian citizen and/or 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)

Documents Required to Apply for a PAN Card

Indian citizens and foreign citizens can apply for a PAN card by submitting the following documents, depending on their eligibility criteria. Companies and students are also eligible to apply for a PAN card by submitting the documents listed below. It should be noted, however, that failure to submit any supporting and required documents can hinder the PAN card application process.

Documents Required for PAN Card by Indian Citizens

The following documents must be submitted to apply for a PAN card:

Indian CitizensDocuments Required
Proof of AddressAADHAR card
Passport
Landline bills
Electricity bills
Credit card statement
Spouse’s passport
Applicant’s post office passbook with the address
Driving license
Domicile Certificate issued by the Government
Applicant’s Voter ID card
Broadband connection bill
Bank account statement
Property Registration document
Property Tax Assessment order
Accommodation allotment letter issued by central or State Government (not more than 3 years old)
Proof of IdentityPassport
Voter ID’s Card
AADHAR Card
Applicant’s pensioner card copy
Central Government health scheme card
Certificate issued by the applicant’s bank with the applicant’s photo and bank account number
Arm’s license
Photo ID card (issued by Central Government, State Government or any undertaking public sector)
Applicant’s Ration Card
Driving license
Proof of BirthMatriculation Certificate from a recognized Board
Birth Certificate issued by Indian Consulate
Driving license
Birth Certificate
AADHAR card
Passport
Pension Payment Order
A signed Affidavit stating the DOB before a Magistrate
Marriage Certificate issued by Marriage Registrar’s Office
Domicile Certificate issued by Government
Photo ID card issued by State or Central Government or Central Public Sector Undertaking or State Public Sector Undertaking

Things to note:

  • Original bank statement with the bank’s branch name, the stamp of the issuing officer, the applicant’s photograph, and his/her bank account number is required
  • The original copy of the certificate of identity in its prescribed format must be submitted, duly signed by a Member of Legislative Assembly, Member of Parliament, Gazetted Officer, or Municipal Councillor
  • Bank/credit card statements and utility bills should be no more than three months old

Documents Required to Apply for PAN Card by Company

Note- The term ‘company’ refers to the following-

  • Limited liability Partnership
  • Local authority
  • Association of Persons
  • Trust
  • Partnership Firm
  • Company
  • Artificial Juridical Person
  • Body of Individuals
Types of EntitiesDocuments required
Company Registered in IndiaCopy of Certificate of Registration issued by the Registrar of Companies
Firm (including Limited Liability Partnership) registered or formed in IndiaCopy of Certificate of Registration issued by the Registrar of Limited Liability Partnership/Firms

OR

Copy of the Partnership deed
Association of Persons (Trusts) registered or formed in IndiaCopy of Trust Deed

OR

Copy of the Certificate of Registration Number issued by Charity Commissioner
Company registered outside IndiaRegistration Certificate in India or of approval granted to set up the office in India by the Indian Authorities

OR

Copy of Certificate of Registration issued in the country where the applicant is located, duly attested by ‘Apostille’ or by Indian Embassy or High Commission or Consulate in the country where the applicant is residing or by Authorized Officials of the overseas branch of Scheduled Banks registered in India
Firm registered or formed outside IndiaCopy of Registration Certificate issued by India or of approval given by Indian Authority to set up an office in India

OR

Copy of Certificate of Registration issued in the country where an applicant is residing. It should be duly attested by ‘Apostille’ or by Indian embassy or High Commission or Consulate in the applicant’s located country or authorized officials of overseas branches of Indian registered Scheduled Banks
Association of Persons (Trusts) formed outside IndiaCopy of Certificate of Registration issued in the country where the applicant is located, duly attested by ‘Apostille’ or by Indian Embassy or High Commission or Consulate in the country where the applicant is residing or by Authorized Officials of the overseas branch of Scheduled Banks registered in India

OR

Copy of Registration Certificate issued by India or of approval given by Indian Authority to set up an office in India
Association of persons (other than Trusts) or local authority or person formed or body of individuals or any other entity registered outside IndiaCopy of Certificate of Registration issued in the country where the applicant is located, duly attested by ‘Apostille’ or by Indian Embassy or High Commission or Consulate in the country where the applicant is residing or by Authorized Officials of the overseas branch of Scheduled Banks registered in India

OR

Copy of Registration Certificate issued by India or of approval given by Indian Authority to set up an office in India

Documents Required by HUFs and Non-Resident Indians

HUFs and non-residents of India can apply for a PAN card by submitting the following documents to the Indian PAN card authorities-

HUFs and Non- Nationals of IndiaDocuments Required
Proof of AddressPassport
Bank account statements from the applicant’s country
Non-resident external bank account statement in India
PIO card allotted by Indian Government
OCI card allotted by Indian Government
Registration Certificate issued by Office of Foreigner’s Registration that also reflects Indian AddressVisa granted by any foreign country
Appointment letter copy given by Indian Company or Employer issued original Certificate of Address in India

Others– National ID number, Taxpayer ID number, Citizenship ID number (all these documents should be attested either by the ‘Apostille’ or by Indian Embassy/High Commission/Consulate functioning in the applicant’s home country)
Proof of BirthNot required
Proof of IdentityPassport
PIO card allotted by Indian Government
OCI card allotted by Indian Government

Others– National ID number, Taxpayer ID number, Citizenship ID number (all these documents should be attested either by the ‘Apostille’ or by Indian Embassy/High Commission/Consulate functioning in the applicant’s home country)

Documents Required to Apply for PAN Card by Students

A student can also apply for a PAN card by submitting the following documents-

StudentsDocuments Required
Address ProofCopy of AADHAR card
Copy of Passport
Copy of Driving License
Bank account statement (latest, not older than 3 months)
Copy of Voter ID card
Electricity Bill
Gas connection/Telephone bill
Copy of Government issued Domicile Certificate
Credit Card statement
Original Certificate of Address attested by Gazetted officer or MLA
State/Central Government issued letter of Accommodation Allotment (latest, not older than 3 months)
Identity ProofCopy of AADHAR card
Copy of Passport
Copy of Voter ID card
Copy of Driving License
Copy of Ration Card (with the photograph)
Original identity Certificate attested by Gazetted officer or MLA
Bank Certificate signed by Branch Manager
FAQs
Can a student apply for a PAN card?
Yes, a student can apply for a PAN card by submitting the required documents online or offline.
Which is the form for Indian citizens to apply for a PAN card?
Indian citizens need to fill form 49A to apply for a PAN card.
Which is the portal to be used to apply for a PAN card?
Applicants can use NSDL or UTIITSL portal to apply for a PAN card online.
What is the PAN card application fee?
The PAN card application fee for an Indian communication address is Rs. 93, whereas Rs. 864 is a foreign communication fee.
What are the types of PAN card forms?
There are two types of PAN card forms, one is Form 49A which is for Indian nationals and the second is Form 49AA which is for foreigners.
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