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Instant PAN Card Through Aadhaar

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman introduced a new facility in Budget 2020 where individuals can get instant Permanent Account Number (PAN) through their Aadhaar without submitting a detailed application form. The facility was introduced to ease the PAN allotment process for individuals.

You can obtain the instant e-PAN for free in just 10 minutes in a soft copy format. If you doubt if the e-PAN will work for all purposes, here is the answer. Instant e-PAN is equivalent to the PAN card you get after filling the detailed application form. 

PAN card is mandatory for several purposes like paying income tax, filing income tax returns (ITR), opening a bank account or Demat account, applying for a debit or credit card, etc. and you can use this e-PAN for all these purposes the same way as you do with the traditional PAN card.

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.

You can apply for e-PAN on NSDL and UTITSL websites, but you may have to pay a fee for the same. On the other hand, you can get the e-PAN for free on the income tax e-filing portal. 

Applying for PAN through this method will automatically link your Aadhaar with PAN.

Requirements of Instant PAN Facility

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

a. The applicant must possess a valid Aadhaar number that has never been linked to another PAN before.

b. The applicant’s Aadhaar must be linked to the registered mobile number.

c. Since the instant PAN through the Aadhaar facility offers a paperless process, applicants need not submit or upload any KYC documents.

d. The applicant must not possess more than one PAN. Applicants who possess more than one valid PAN will be penalised under Section 272B(1) of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

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How to Apply for Instant PAN Card Through Aadhaar

Step 1: Visit the official e-filing home page of the IT department (www.incometax.gov.in).

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.

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

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.

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.

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 (www.incometax.gov.in).

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

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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

You can apply for e-PAN only if you are applying for the PAN first time and if you have a valid Aadhaar with updated KYC details.

What should I do if I cannot update my date of birth while applying for e-PAN?

If only the year of birth is available in your Aadhaar, you need to update your date of birth in Aadhaar first and apply again for e-PAN.

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