How to Apply for a PAN Card Easily- A Step by Step Guide
A PAN card is required to file an IT return, open a bank account, purchase a new asset such as a car or a house, for accommodations, trade & purchases, or even for transactions exceeding a certain amount, among many other things.
Although not everyone has a PAN card, anyone can obtain one. This blog will walk you through the steps you need to take to apply for a PAN card both online and offline.
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How to Apply for a PAN Card Online?
You can submit your PAN application online through one of two portals. The first is the NSDL portal, and the second is the UTIITSL portal. After visiting the official websites of any of these portals, you must complete one of these forms: Form 49A (for Indian citizens) or Form 49AA (for non-Indian citizens) (for foreigners).
When you log in to either the N S D L or U T I I T S L web portals, follow the steps outlined below.
Apply for PAN Card through N S D L
Visit the N S D L official website, then click on ‘Application Type’ on the next screen that appears
Choose the type of application that you want to submit (Form 49 A for Indian citizens, Form 49 AA for foreign citizens)
Now, select a category from the drop-down menu
Fill in your information carefully after that
Choose the title (Shari, St, or Kumari) that you want to appear on your PAN card
Fill in the blanks with your last name/surname, first name, and middle name ( if there is any)
Choose your DOB/Incorporation/Formation date in the format shown below – DD/MM/Y Y
Keep a record of your current email address so you don’t miss out on any PAN-card-related information
Enter your current mobile number
Tick mark on the guidelines
Submit your application after entering the CATCHALL code
The page will then redirect you to the payment page, where you must pay Rs. 93 for your PAN card. If you select Form 49 AA, you must pay Rs. 864
You can pay with a credit card, a debit card, net banking, a check, or a DD
After successfully submitting your PAN card application, you will receive an acknowledgement number page. Take a printout and save it for future use
Place a passport-sized photograph on the acknowledgement paper, sign it with a black pen, and mail the acknowledgement receipt to the Income Tax Department. Send your residential proof, identity proof, or other support documents, along with the receipt, within 15 days of the date of the online application
After your documents have been successfully validated, you will be sent your PAN card number to your registered mobile number and email address
Apply for a PAN Card through U T I I T S L
Visit the official website of U T I I T S L and select the ‘For PAN Cards’ option
Click on ‘Apply PAN Card’
You will now be redirected to a new page with options such as PAN card as an Indian Citizen, PAN card as a Foreign Citizen, Download e-PAN, etc.
Select ‘PAN Card as an Indian Citizen’ or ‘PAN Card as a Foreign Citizen’ from the drop-down menus
Click on the option that best describes your citizenship, then on ‘Apply for a New PAN Card (Form 49 A),’ ‘Regenerate Online PAN Application (Form 49 A),’ or ‘Download Blank PAN Form 49 A.’
Select ‘Apply for a New PAN Card.’
Following that, you will be redirected to Form 49 A or Form 49 AA, where you will have two options for filling out the form: ‘Physical Mode’ and ‘Digital Mode.
Click on ‘Physical Mode,’ and then submit the signed application to the nearest U T I I T S L office for a physical copy of the PAN card
Fill in all of the required information, such as ‘Applicant Status,’ and select your preferred PAN card mode
Once done, submit the application
Make the required payment for your PAN Card on the following screen, using a DD, cheque, internet banking, credit card, or debit card
Following payment, you will be sent a soft copy of an acknowledgement paper
Now, take a printout of the acknowledgement paper, paste your passport-sized photograph on it, and sign it in black ink
Send the acknowledgement receipt, along with copies of the identity and residence proofs, to the Income Tax Department within 15 days of submitting the online application
After the documentation process is completed, your PAN number will be sent to your registered mobile number and email address
How to Apply for a PAN Card Offline?
Log in to the official website of NSDL
Click ‘Apply Online,’ then download Form 49A if you are an Indian citizen, and Form 49AA if you are a foreign citizen
Fill out the form carefully, upload all supporting documents, including a passport-sized photograph, and pay the PAN card fee
After that, print a copy of the 15-digit acknowledgement number and sign it
Attach a passport-sized photograph as well as POI (Proof of Identity)/POA (Proof of Authorization) (Point of Address)
Now, carefully send all of the above documents to the NSDL office, along with the Demand Draft (if you are paying with it)
List of Documents to Submit for a PAN Card
As previously stated, you must submit your identity proof and address proof details along with your PAN card acknowledgement receipt. Make sure you have the following documents on hand for a smooth PAN card verification process:
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A PAN card can be obtained through both online and offline means. It is, however, critical to submit the correct documents, as well as a registered email address and phone number. Any lack of official documents, as well as the submission of the incorrect number or other required information, may impede your ability to obtain a PAN card.