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Permanent Account Number or PAN Card is a nationalized identity card. Without a PAN, you will not be able to carry out any financial transaction. It is the Indian Income Tax Department that allocates this 10-digit alphanumeric and unique account number to a tax-paying person, company or HUF. It has lifetime validity. In this article, we will explore how to apply for PAN Card.
PAN can be applied online. Further, requests for changes or correction in PAN data may also be made online. Here is how to apply for PAN Card online: Online application of PAN can be made on the NSDL websiteOR UTIITSL website. Both have been authorized by the government of India to issue the PAN or to make changes/corrections in the PAN on behalf of the Income Tax Department. The online process is the most hassle-free way of obtaining PAN. The applicant is only required to fill and submit the online application form along with online payment of the respective processing fee. Copies of required documents can then be sent by post to either NSDL or UTIITSL, for verification purposes.
Step 1: Submit the PAN card application Form 49A available on the NSDL Website https://www.onlineservices.nsdl.com/paam/endUserRegisterContact.html
Step 2: Fill all the details in the form. Read the detailed instructions before furnishing the details in the form. https://tin.tin.nsdl.com/pan/Instructions49A.html#instruct_form49A
Step 3: Mode of Payment: The charges for applying for PAN is Rs. 93 (excluding GST) for Indian communication address and Rs. 864 (excluding GST) for foreign communication address. Payment of application fee can be made through credit/debit card, demand draft or net-banking. On successful payment, acknowledgment will be displayed. Save this acknowledgment number.
Step 4: Documents to be sent to NSDL Once the application and payment are accepted, the applicant is required to send the supporting documents through courier/post to NSDL. Only after the receipt of the documents, PAN application would be processed by NSDL. Documents include one proof of identity, one proof of address and one proof of date of birth. To know the complete list of documents, click COMPLETE LIST OF DOCUMENTS.
If you want to make changes in the existing PAN such as change in name, date of birth etc, you can apply for it online. The procedure is almost the same as you apply for new PAN except in case of corrections in PAN, you also need to submit the documents to support the change required in PAN.
Here are the steps :
Step 1: Fill the online application form for making changes/corrections in PAN on the NSDL website. https://www.onlineservices.nsdl.com/paam/endUserRegisterContact.html Read instructions carefully filling the form. https://www.tin-nsdl.com/services/pan/instructions-change.html
Step 2: The charges for making changes in PAN is also Rs. 93 (excluding GST) for Indian communication address and Rs. 864 (excluding GST) for foreign communication address. Payment of application fee can be made through credit/debit card, demand draft or net-banking. On successful payment, acknowledgement will be displayed. Save and print this acknowledgement number.
Step 3: Documents to be sent to NSDL Once the application and payment are accepted, the applicant is required to send the supporting documents through courier/post to NSDL. Only after the receipt of the documents, PAN application would be processed by NSDL. Documents sent should support the changes applied for in PAN. Example, request for the change in applicant’s or father’s name will have to be supported with a document that will contain proof of change of name from old to new. The documents that shall be accepted as proof in this case are: