A Complete Guide On How To Apply For PAN Card

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PAN or Permanent Account Number is a ten digit alphanumeric number issued by the Income Tax Department of India to individuals and companies. This important ID proof is mandatory for Indian residents, NRIs and international companies in order so that the government can track any financial transactions in the country and avoid any tax evasion.


Need of PAN Card in India

Other than serving as an important identity proof, PAN card is also needed to carry out important functions like:

  • To start a business in India
  • To open a bank account
  • To apply for credit/debit card
  • To file income tax returns
  • To apply for passport or visa
  • To apply for a loan
  • For sale/purchase of property above Rs. 5 lakh
  • To make an investment in mutual funds or shares above Rs. 50,000.
  • To exchange foreign currency
  • To deposit any more above Rs. 50,000 in bank
  • to pay for life insurance premium above Rs. 50,000 in a year
  • To purchase or sell vehicle/s

How To Apply For PAN Card In India?

Applying for a PAN card is extremely easy. One can apply for a PAN card by two means – Offline and Online.

Online Application of PAN Card

One can apply for PAN card online using Form 49A (for Indian residents and NRIs) and Form 49AA (for foreign citizens). This application form is available online on the official NSDL and UTIITSL website. Both are government authorized portals that issue new PAN card or make changes in the existing one. Here’s how it works:

  • Visit the official UTIITSL or NSDL website to fill the form. Ensure that one needs to fill Form 49A in case of Indian Residents or NRIs or Form 49AA for foreign citizens.
  • Fill in all the details in the form carefully. Recheck before you submit.
  • Once verified, you can click on “Make Payment” to proceed with the online payment.
  • You will be directed to the payment gateway where you can make a payment via credit card/debit card or net banking. You need to pay Rs. 107 (inclusive of service tax) in case of Indian citizen or Rs. 994 (inclusive of service tax) in case of foreign citizen.
  • Once the payment has been successfully done, you will get an acknowledgement number. Save that for future reference.
  • After this, take a print out of your application and affix same photographs and sign in the space given. Along with this form, send necessary documents (self-attested copies) through post to NSDL or UTIISL for verification. These documents are one proof of identity, one proof of address and one proof of date of birth. Don’t forget to mention the acknowledgment number on the envelope.
  • After successful verification, your PAN card will be delivered to your resident within 15-20 days.

Things to Remember While Applying For PAN Card

  • Some of the supporting documents that can serve as a proof of identity are Aadhaar card, voter’s ID card, passport, driving license, photo ID issued by central or state government. For proof of address, you can submit self-attested copies of electricity bill/water bill/landline bill/gas bill/credit card system/bank account statement under your name, passport, driving license, Aadhaar card, etc. The documents that can serve as a proof of date of birth are birth certificate issues by the municipal authority, marriage certificate, matriculation certificate, passport, driving license, etc.
  • If you have applied through UTIISL, send the documents to any of the following address

New Delhi region

UTI Infrastructure Technology And Services Limited

1/28 Sunlight Building, Asaf Ali Road,

NEW DELHI -110002

Mumbai region

UTI Infrastructure Technology And Services Limited

Plot No. 3, Sector 11, CBD Belapur

NAVI MUMBAI – 400614

Kolkata region

UTI Infrastructure Technology And Services Limited

29, N. S. Road, Ground Floor,

Opp. Gilander House and Standard Chartered Bank,

KOLKATA – 700001

Chennai region

UTI Infrastructure Technology And Services Limited

D-1, First Floor,

Thiru -Vi-Ka Industrial Estate, Guindy,

CHENNAI – 600032

  • In case you have applied through NDSL, send the documents 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′

  • Ensure that the documents and application should reach the concerned office within 15 days of filling the online application.

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