Monday 31 March 2014

How to Apply for a PAN Card Online

PAN card (Permanent Account Number) is a ten-digit alphanumeric number issued  by the Income Tax Department. 

1.Who all needs to possess a PAN card?

Any Indian citizen who are eligible for paying Tax to the Income Tax Authority of India should mandatorily possess a PAN card.

Also, those who don't pay taxes can still apply for a PAN card as an identity proof since PAN has become mandatory for all financial transactions, sale or purchase of any immovable properties or vehicles,  installation of a telephone or cellular connection, hotel payments and more.

2.How and where to apply for a PAN card?

PAN application(Form 49A) can be downloaded from,
The form is also available at IT PAN Service centers and TIN Facilitation centers.

3.Where to apply online for a new PAN card?

For an online application to request a New PAN Card, use the below link which includes other PAN related  online services such as, 
Pan Card Online Application
For New PAN for Indian Citizens  - New PAN (FORM 49A)
For New PAN for Foreign Citizens - New PAN (FORM 49AA)
Changes or correction in PAN details - PAN Change Request
Reprint of PAN cards -  Reprint PAN
Status Track for PAN application -  Online Pan Card Status

Other ways for Status enquiry is through SMS

  1. SMS NSDLPAN <space> Acknowledgement No.
  2. Send to 57575 to obtain application status.
4. More details and FAQs about PAN

What documents will serve as proof of Identity and Address for of Individual applicants, including minors and HUF applicants and more FAQs can be found at "PAN Frequently asked questions"  of Income Tax Department Overview.

Hope this post offers all information that your need to know about PAN card. 
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