Permanent Account Number or PAN is a means of identifying various taxpayers in the country. PAN is a 10-digit unique identification alphanumeric number (containing both alphabets and numbers) assigned to Indians, mostly to those who pay tax.
AN is allotted to an entity, PAN Card too is given by the Income Tax Department. While PAN is a number, PAN Card is a physical card that has your PAN as well as name, date of birth (DoB), and photograph. Copies of this card can be submitted as proof of identity or DoB.
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FAQ’s on PAN Card
- Where do I get the PAN application form?
The PAN application form is available at any NSDL TIN Facilitation Centre (TIN-FC) or PAN Centre. Certain stationery vendors also provide the form to applicants. Alternatively, you can download the form from the NSDL-TIN website: https://www.tin-nsdl.com/downloads/pan/downloads-pan.html
- To procure a PAN Card, can I write an application on plain paper?
No, it is not possible to apply for PAN Card through a handwritten application. The application is only accepted in the format notified by the Central Board of Direct Taxes. The forms pertaining to the same are:
For Indian citizens, Form 49A
For foreign citizens, Form 49AA
- How should I fill the PAN application form?
The application form for PAN Card should be filled legibly in English. You should use capital letters and black ink (preferably) to update details. Make sure that you read all instructions carefully before filling up the form Permanent Account Number or PAN
- Is it necessary to include father’s name in the application form for a female who is married/widow/divorced?
All female applicants should include only their father’s name in the PAN application form, irrespective of their marital status. The form does not need to be updated with the husband’s name.
- Is it necessary to furnish 2 photos for the application?
Yes, if you are an individual applicant, you should affix 2 recent colour photos with white background in the form. The size of the photos should be 3.5 cm x 2.5 cm. The photographs should not be clipped or stapled to the form. The applicant is required to sign across the photograph such that a part of the sign is on the photo and the rest is on the form. The image clarity on the PAN Card will depend on the clarity and quality of the photograph that you affix on the application form.
- Should I mention my email ID or telephone number on the form?
It is mandated for all applicants to provide either their email ID or telephone number in the PAN application form, so that they can be contacted in the event of a discrepancy. It is also useful when the applicant receives the PAN through email.
If the landline number of the applicant is provided, the country code and STD code should be mentioned. If the mobile number is given, the country code should be stated.
If the email ID of the applicant is furnished, the PAN will be sent to him/her through email.
- What is the application process for individuals who do not know how to sign?
In such a scenario, the left hand thumb impression of the applicant can be provided at the place meant for the signature in the PAN application form. This should further be attested by a Notary Public, a Gazetted officer, or a Magistrate with an official stamp and seal.
- Are there any charges that I would have to pay for the PAN Card application form?
No, the form is available free of any charges.
- When I submit Form 49A for PAN Card, what are the charges that I have to bear?
If your address is within India, then the PAN Card processing fee is Rs.110, i.e., Rs.93 (application fee) + 18% GST.
If your address is outside India, the PAN Card processing fee is Rs.1,020, i.e., Rs.93 (application fee) + Rs.771 (dispatch charges) + 18% GST.
- Where should the PAN Card application form be submitted?
The PAN Card application form, once duly filled in and self-attested, can be submitted along with all relevant documents to any one of the PAN Centres or TIN-FCs that are managed by NSDL e-Gov.
If you have submitted a PAN Card application online, you should take a printout of the application form, sign it and affix a recent photograph. Then you should send this form along with supporting documentation to the address below:
Income Tax PAN Services Unit
(Managed by NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited)
5th Floor, Mantri Sterling, Plot No. 341,
Survey No. 997/8, Model Colony,
Near Deep Bungalow Chowk,
Pune – 411 016
- Will I get an acknowledgement when I submit my PAN application form at a TIN-FC?
Yes, you will receive an acknowledgement that contains a unique 15-digit number.
- How can I change the photograph on my PAN Card?
If the photo on your PAN Card is unclear, then you can get the PAN Card replaced with a photograph of better quality and clarity. This facility is available as part of ‘Correction of PAN Card’ requests. This request is similar to that for name change and change in date of birth. You can visit the website, https://tin.tin.nsdl.com/pan/ and fill up the ‘PAN card change request form’. The relevant documents should be sent to the address mentioned in the form.