Procedure to Apply PAN Card Online

How to Apply for PAN Card Online

PAN Card

PAN or Permanent Account Number is provided by the Income tax department to every income tax payer. The primary objective of PAN is to use a universal identification key to track financial transactions that might have a taxable component to prevent tax evasion.

The PAN card also serves as identity proof while the Aadhaar card serves the purpose of identity and address proof, the PAN card is an identity proof with income tax implications. You’ll need a PAN card to file income tax returns

Required Documents to Apply for PAN card online

You will require three types of documents to apply for a PAN card. These are identity proof, age proof, and proof of date of birth.

  1. Identity proof documents (one of):
    • Elector’s photo identity card
    • Ration card having a photograph of the applicant
    • Passport
    • Driving licence
    • Arms license
    • Aadhaar card issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India
    • Photo Identity Card issued by the Central Government or State Government or a Public Sector Undertaking
    • Pensioner Card having a photograph of the applicant
    • Central Government Health Scheme Card and Ex-Servicemen Contributory Heath Scheme Photo Card
    • Certificate of identity in original signed by a Member of Parliament, Member of Legislative Assembly or Municipal Councillor or a Gazetted Officer, as the case may be
    • Bank certificate in original on letter head from the branch (along with the name and stamp of the issuing officer) contained duly attested photograph and bank account number of the applicant
  2. Address proof document (one of)
    • copy of the following documents of not more than three months old
      • Electricity Bill
      • landline telephone or broadband connection bill
      • Water bill
      • Consumer gas connection card or book or piped gas bills
    • Bank account statement
    • Depository account statement
    • credit card statement
    • copy of the post office pass book having the address of the applicant
    • Passport
    • Passport of the spouse
    • voter ID card
    • The latest property tax assessment order
    • Driving licence
    • Domicile certificate issued by the Government
    • Aadhaar card issued by UIDAI
    • allotment letter of accommodation issued by the Central Government or State Government of not more than three years old
    • property registration document
    • Certificate of address signed by a Member of Parliament, Member of Legislative Assembly, Municipal Councillor or a Gazetted Officer
    • employer’s certificate in original
  3. Proof of date of birth (one of):
    • Birth certificate issued by the Municipal Authority or any office authorised to issue Birth and Death Certificate by the Registrar of Birth and Deaths or the Indian Consulate as defined in clause (d) of sub section (1) of section 2 of the Citizenship Act, 1955 (57 of 1955)
    • pension payment order
    • Marriage certificate issued by Registrar of Marriages
    • matriculation certificate
    • Passport
    • Driving licence
    • Domicile certificate issued by the Government
    • affidavit sworn before a magistrate stating the date of birth.

Fee for Applying a PAN card online

The fee for applying for a PAN card costs Rs. 116 (plus payment charges 5)

How to Apply for a PAN card online

Visit the NSDL website

Click on Application Type and Select New PAN – Indian Citizen (Form 49A)

Then select the category of PAN (Select suitable one. If you are applying PAN card for personal purpose then select Individual)

Fill your personal details as per your proof and submit.

Now you will have three choices — authenticate via Aadhaar to avoid sending any documents, scan documents and upload them via e-sign, or to physically submit documents.

We chose to authenticate via Aadhaar as all it needs is an OTP and payment. If you don’t want that option, the steps for the other two are similar except the part where you have to send documents.

Enter all your details such as the Aadhaar number (optional) as requested on screen, and click Next.

This step requires you to fill in your name, date of birth, address, etc. then click Next.

Here you will get the AO code (Assessing Officer code). Just select one of the four choices at the top — Indian Citizens, NRI and Foreign Citizens, Defence Employees, or Government Category.

Then under Choose AO Code, select your state and area of residence. Wait for a few seconds and you will see a full list of AO codes in the box below. Scroll down and look for the category that applies best to you. Click on the correct AO code and it’ll be auto-filled in the form above. Click Next.

Select the documents you have submitted as proof of age and residence from the drop-down menu, fill in the required details, and then click Submit.

Now you will be redirected to the payment page and you can choose one of many common online payment methods.

Once you have paid, you will be asked to authenticate via Aadhaar OTP, or submit documents via e-sign, or to physically send the documents to the NSDL. You will also receive an email acknowledgement from the NSDL. Keep the acknowledgement number for reference.


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