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Instant PAN Card Through Aadhaar

By Adnan Ali


Updated on: Apr 15th, 2024


7 min read

You can get the instant e-PAN for free in just 10 minutes by using an Aadhaar Card for e-KYC. e-PAN can be used for all purposes like a traditional PAN card, such as paying income tax, filing income tax returns (ITR), opening a bank account or Demat account, applying for a debit or credit card, etc.

Instant PAN Allotment Through Aadhaar

The new provision facilitates the allotment of instant PAN to individuals who already possess a valid Aadhaar card. The applicants will not be required to submit a detailed application form as in normal cases. The instant PAN Card will be issued in PDF format with no additional charges.

The PDF contains a QR code that includes the demographic details, such as the applicant’s name, date of birth, and photographs. You can use the 15-digit acknowledgement number to download the e-PAN from the income tax e-filing portal. The soft copy of the e-PAN will also be sent to your registered email address.

Eligibility for instant e-PAN card

The following are the core requirements for getting an instant PAN through Aadhaar-based e-KYC:

  • A PAN Card is never allotted to you. 
  • You should not be a minor at the time of application.
  • You need a valid Aadhaar card with a linked mobile number.
  • Your full date of birth (DD/MM/YY) should be present on your Aadhaar card.
  • You should not fall under the category of Representative Assessee as per section 160 of the Income Tax Act.

How to Apply for Instant PAN Card Through Aadhaar

Step 1: Visit the official e-filing home page of the IT department (

Step 2: Click on the ‘Instant E-PAN’ option under the ‘Quick Links’ section of the homepage to redirect you to the instant PAN allotment webpage.

Login page for e-filing

Step 3: Click on the ‘Get New PAN’ button to redirect you to the instant PAN request webpage.

New e-Pan

Step 4: Enter your Aadhaar number for PAN allotment. Select the ‘I confirm that’ check box to confirm the undertaking and click on the ‘Continue’ button.

Enter aadhar for e-Pan

Step 5: Enter the Aadhaar OTP received on your registered mobile number and click on the ‘Validate Aadhaar OTP and Continue’ button once you have agreed to validate your Aadhaar details with UIDAI.

Step 6: You will be redirected to the OTP validation page, where you will be required to tick the checkbox to accept the terms and conditions and click on the ‘Continue’ button.

OTP validation for new e-Pan

Step 7: Enter OTP and click on the check box followed by the ‘Continue’ button.

Step 8: In the next step, if your email ID is not validated, click on ‘Validate email ID’. Select the check box and click on the ‘Continue’ button.

You will be given an acknowledgement number once you have submitted your Aadhaar details for validation. You can view the PAN allotment status by entering your Aadhaar number.

How to Check Status/Download Instant PAN

Step 1: Visit the official e-filing home page of the IT department (

Step 2: Click on the ‘Instant E-PAN’ option under the ‘Quick Links’ section on the homepage.

instant e-Pan on e-filing portal

Step 3: Click on the ‘Check Status/Download PAN’ button.

Check status/Download e-Pan

Step 4: Enter your valid Aadhaar number and captcha code. Click on the ‘Submit’ icon once you are done.

Step 5: Validate your request by entering the OTP received on your registered mobile number within the specified time limit. Select the check box and click on the ‘Continue’ button to proceed to the next page.

Step 6: You will be redirected to a new page where you can check the status of your PAN allotment request.

Step 7: If the PAN allotment were successful, a PDF link would be generated within 10 minutes to download your PAN file.

Instant PAN with Aadhaar

Note: The PDF file containing your PAN is password protected. Use your date of birth in the format ‘DDMMYYYY’ as the password to open the PDF file. A sample PAN PDF file would look like this:

Sample PAN with aadhaar


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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply for e-PAN through Aadhaar if I have lost the PAN card?

No, you can only get e-PAN if you have never been allotted a PAN card.

Are there any charges / fee for e-PAN?

No, this service is absolutely free of cost. 

Why do I need to generate an e-PAN?

It is mandatory to quote your Permanent Account Number (PAN) while filing your Income Tax Return. If you have not been allotted a PAN, you can generate your e-PAN with the help of your Aadhaar and a mobile number registered with your Aadhaar. Generating e-PAN is free of cost, online process and does not require you to fill up any forms.

What documents do I require for obtaining a new e-PAN?

You only require a valid Aadhaar with updated KYC details, and a valid mobile number linked with your Aadhaar.

Can foreign citizens apply for PAN through e-KYC mode?

No, only resident individuals are eligible to Apply an e-Pan

Do I need to submit a physical copy of the KYC application or proof of Aadhaar card?

No. This is an online process. No paperwork is required.

Do I need to upload a scanned photo, signature etc. for e-KYC?

No. This is an online process. no scanned photo, or signature is required.

Will I get a physical PAN card?

No. You will be issued an e-PAN which is a valid form of PAN. 

Will I also receive a PAN card in physical form?

If you apply for an Aadhar-based instant PAN card, the Income Tax department will not issue you a physical PAN card.

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