How To Apply For Pan Card? Step By Step Guide

PAN Card is not just acknowledged as the taxpayer’s identity, it is termed as the universal identification card used for many purposes.

This is why it is imperative for every citizen to have a PAN card. If you also want to know that how to apply for PAN card online, then follow the step-by-step process mentioned below:-

How To Apply For Pan Card - Step By Step Guide 

Apply For Pan Card Online

Step 1- The first step of the online PAN application requires you to gather all the essential documents.  Such as a proof of identity, one address proof, 2 passport-size recent photographs and a proof of date of birth.

It is important to gather all these documents in advance.  Most people fill in the PAN application form first and then gather all these documents.

This mostly leads to a mismatch in details on the form and in the documents and which may lead to the rejection of the application.

Therefore, we should collect the documents first and then apply for the PAN online.

Step 2: In the second step of the process, choose the appropriate portal from which you will apply for PAN card.

Ideally, there are two portals - NSDL and UTIITSL portal. Both these portals are authorized to allow PAN card application and offer convenient process throughout.  So it’s up to you to choose any one website.

Read: What Is Pan Card And Why It's Important?

Step 3: The NSDL and UTIITSL portal has three types of forms available to apply for a PAN.

However, choosing the most suitable form should be your third step.  The three different forms available on these portals are:-

  1. Form 49A: If you are a citizen of India (residing in the country or outside India) or an entity formed India applying for a new PAN card.
  2. Form 49AA: If you are a foreign citizen (residing in India or abroad), or an entity formed outside India and if you are applying for the new PAN card.
  3. One can also apply for corrections in PAN detail or update any detail on his/her PAN card using the above two forms  (depending on the residential status of the applicant)

Step 4: Fill in the form correctly by mentioning all the accurate details. However before you fill up the form, read all the guidelines to fill the form correctly.

Though the form is self-explanatory, you can seek the assistance of anyone who is expert at this to avoid mistakes.

The government has also introduced the DigiLocker facility for the PAN applicants that allow them to easily fetch documents such as proof of identity,  address, and date of birth and add it to the online form while submitting it.

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Step 5: After you have filled and submitted the form online,  you will have to go through the verification process where you need to cross-check all the details in the form such as your name, address, DoB, etc.

Also look for any typo-errors and spelling mistakes and submit the form again.  You will then be redirected to the page wherein you need to make the payment either by using credit/debit card or net banking.

The charges for applying for a PAN are Rs. 110/- including service tax for Indian communication address,  whereas for foreign communication address, the charges are Rs. 1,020/- including service tax.

Step 6: On successful payment, the form will be displayed on your computer screen which you will have to download and get a printout.

On the form print out, affix your photograph at the designated column, sign the form wherever it is mentioned,  attach with it your documents such as your address, identity, and date of birth proofs and mail it to the address given below-

NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited,
5th floor, Mantri Sterling, Plot No. 341,
Survey No. 997/8, Model Colony,
Near Deep Bungalow Chowk, Pune – 411016

Remember, your online PAN card application shall not be processed until the time the PAN Centre receives the physical documents.

Step 7: Once done with all, track the status of your PAN application on the respective portal - NSDL or UTIITSL with which you have submitted the application.

Generally, it may take 30 days for PAN to reach you on your communication address mentioned in the form.

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