Know how to apply for a PAN card online

If you're thinking of getting a loan from bank or buying a property or opening a savings bank account, one document that you will need for each of these activities. And that document is the Permanent Account Number (PAN) card.

Know how to apply for a PAN card online

A PAN card is issued by the Income Tax Department.

In this article, I've written how you can apply for a PAN card online, all by yourself.


What is the Permanent Account Number?

A Permanent Account Number (PAN) is a unique 10-digit alphanumeric identity which is allotted to any taxpayer by the Income Tax Department of India. It helps the I-T department in checking evasion of tax as it links all financial transactions of an individual/company.

Step 1: Submit PAN card application Form on NSDL website

  • Visit the National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) website and select your 'Application Type'.
  • Form 49A is for Indian citizens,
  • Form 49AA is meant for non-resident individuals (NRIs) and foreign nationals.
  • Select your category as 'Individual' and provide all the information asked in the form, including DOB, email id, etc.
  • Enter the shown captcha code and click on the 'Submit' button.
Submit PAN card application Form on NSDL website


Step 2: Submit PAN application documents through e-KYC and e-sign

  • After clicking on the 'Submit' button, you will be redirected to a new page, showing you three options to submit your documents.
  1. Submit digitally through e-KYC and e-sign
  2. Submit scanned images through e-Sign or
  3. Forward application documents physically
  • Choose paperless facility (1st Option above) and enter your Aadhaar details.
  • Then, enter the details of your parents and click 'Next'.
PAN CARD

Submit PAN application documents through e-KYC and e-sign


Step 3: Provide your income and contact details

  • After clicking on 'Next', you will be redirected to a new screen asking for your additional personal information.
  • On this page, provide details regarding your source of income, residential address along with your contact information (telephone number and email id).
  • Click on 'Next' to proceed with your PAN application.
Know how to apply for a PAN card online

Step 4: Provide details regarding your Assessing Officer (AO)

  • After clicking on 'Next', you'll get redirected to a page asking the Assessing Officer (AO) code.
  • For this, select one of the four choices given at the top - Indian Citizens, NRI and Foreign Citizens, Defense Employees, or Government Category.
  • Now, select your state and area of residence. Choose your AO code from the drop-down list and it will auto-fill the form.
  • Click 'Next'.
Know how to apply for a PAN card online

Step 5: Upload supporting documents and proceed to pay

  • Now, select and upload the documents you want to use as proof of age and residence.
  • Then, upload your photograph and signature and click on the 'Submit' button.
  • Now you will be redirected to the payment page. You may choose to pay the PAN application fee using your debit/credit cards, demand draft, or net banking. The application fee for Indian citizens is Rs. 115.90.
Know how to apply for a PAN card online

Upload supporting documents and proceed to pay

Step 6: Authenticate PAN application and get your PAN card

  • After making the payment, you will be required to authenticate the PAN application process via an OTP sent to the mobile/e-mail linked to your Aadhaar.
  • After this, NSDL will send you an acknowledgment email which will contains a 15-digit unique acknowledgment number.
  • You will then receive your PAN card in around  2 to 3 weeks through post/courier. 
Authenticate PAN application and get your PAN card
Know how to apply for a PAN card online




You may track your application status using this link: https://tin.tin.nsdl.com/pantan/StatusTrack.html

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