How to apply for a PAN card online on Income Tax portal?

Last Updated at: Feb 08, 2021
How to apply for a PAN card online on Income Tax portal?
The Income Tax Department (ITD) has made Aadhaar PAN link mandatory by 30th June 2020. In case, you fail to do that by 30th June 2020, your PAN card will become inoperative after 30th June 2020,


Every working individual and taxpayer must be aware of Permanent Account Number (PAN). PAN stores all financial transactions of an entity. A person can apply for a PAN card online

What is a PAN Card?

A permanent account number or PAN is essentially a ten-digit alphanumeric code which is issued by the Income Tax Department and is used for filing IT returns. This alphanumeric code is printed on a laminated card known as a PAN card and it is used as an identification document for all matters related to the Income Tax Act, 1961. As per Section 139A of the Indian Income Tax Act, the allocation of the PAN card comes under the jurisdiction of the IT department with due supervision being provided by the Central Board for Direct Taxes. Not only the PAN card useful for paying taxes, but it also serves as an integral identification document, but not as a proof of citizenship as it can be applied by foreign nationals as well. 

Structure of PAN

The PAN has ten alphanumeric digits in it, and each character symbolises something as given below. The first 5 digits are uppercase letters followed by 4 numbers and the tenth character is also a letter. The first three letters may be any combination of letters ranging from AAA to ZZZ.

For instance, for number ABCPL1234C:

  • The first three letters are a random assortment of letters.
  • The fourth letter is used to identify the type of card and its owner;
  1. A for Association of persons 
  2. B for Body of individuals
  3. C for Companies
  4. F for Firms
  5. G Government officials
  6. H for Hindu undivided families
  7. L for Local authorities
  8. J for Artificial juridical person
  9. P for Proprietor
  10. T for Trusts
  11. F for Limited liability partnerships
    • The fifth character is the first letter of the person’s name, surname, or last name or the name of the organisation/trust or society.
    • The last character is a letter that is used for verification purpose.

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Types of PAN application

The three types of PAN applications are as follows:

  • Allotment of PAN through Form 49 A

This is viable for first-time applicants who have never owned a PAN card and is the first step that they must take to get themselves a PAN allotment.

  • New PAN Card/Changes/Correction in PAN 

This is used by people who already have an allotted PAN. If they require a new card or find that the information provided in the document is either wrong or outdated, then they may file this application to update the information printed on their card. Data such as name, date of birth and permanent address may be changed in case of printing errors, or relocation. 

  • Allotment of PAN for foreigners through Form 49AA

This type of application is exclusively used by foreign nationals who have never been issued a PAN in their lifetime. Foreigners with an Indian VISA must check whether they have ever been allotted a PAN before filing Form 49AA, and this may be done through the official website of the Income Tax Department.


How to apply for a PAN card?

  1. Visit the UTIISL or TINNSDL website.
  2. Go to New PAN option.

3. Choose Form 49A if you are an Indian citizen, else go for 49AA.

4. Fill in the desired details such as name, address, date of birth and gender as asked.

5. Once you have proofread the application, click on Submit.

6. Pay the processing fee through their online fee payment portal.

7. Note down the 15-digit acknowledgement number and take a print out of the form.

8. You can choose to upload the documents, authenticate through KYC or physically send the documents. To physically send, do the following; else upload the documents online.

9. Sign in the space allotted.

10. Attach the following documents to the slip.

  • Passport size photograph 
  • Identity proof- Aadhaar, Driving License, Passport or Voter’s ID
  • Address proof- Lease Agreement, Land Tax paper, Ration Card, Aadhaar Card, DL or Passport
  • Demand Draft if you choose to pay via DD

11. These must then be sent to the NSDL office via post within 15 days of applying.

Income Tax PAN Services Unit, NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited, 5th floor, Mantri Sterling, Plot No. 341, Survey No. 997/8, Model Colony, Near Deep Bungalow Chowk, Pune – 411016

12. If all the steps were correctly followed, the applicant will receive the PAN card within 15 days.

13. Offline applications may be filed from district PAN agencies by either choosing to download the application form or acquire it from UTIISL agencies.

PAN cards are now being printed with Enhanced Quick Response (QR) Code.

Specimen of the PAN Card as per new design is as under:

Features of new PAN card design:

  1. Enhanced QR Code will contain photograph & signature of PAN applicant apart from existing information i.e., PAN, Name, Father’s Name/Mother’s Name, Date of Birth/Incorporation/Formation. The aforesaid details will be digitally signed & coded on the Enhanced QR Code.
  2. Enhanced QR Code shall be readable by specific Mobile App which is available on Google Play Store (keywords – ‘Enhanced PAN QR Code Reader’). An autofocus camera having a resolution of 12 Mega Pixel and above is recommended for the reading of the Enhanced QR Code.
  3. Positions of photograph, signature, hologram and dimension of QR code have changed.
  4. The enhanced QR code will also be provided in the e-PAN card issued to the PAN applicants.

It has been clarified that PAN cards and e–PAN cards issued prior to July 7, 2018, in old design will also remain valid.