Application for Permanent Account Number (PAN) online

Although PAN card is used to file tax returns,most of the people in the country use it as an identification document as well. As more and more number of people has started applying for PAN, Income Tax department has come up with an online method to avail PAN card .

PAN card

Steps involved in applying for PAN card online:

  • Firstly, visit the website of Income Tax PAN Services Unit
  •  You come across various kinds of applications here including application for new PAN card, tracking status or correction in the PAN details.
  • For those applying for new PAN, form 49A needs to be filled online. You can visit  and fill in your details here.  Once the form is submitted, you receive an confirmation in form of a 15 digit acknowledgement number which can be printed for further use.

This 15 digit acknowledgement number must be sent to the IT department along with mandatory documents (address proof, identity proof, 2 photographs attached etc.) as mentioned in the form. You must ensure that your name is in the same format as you filled in the form 49A.

  • In addition, you are required to pay Rs 96 as fee if the communication address lies within India. In case the address is outside India, you will pay Rs 962.

You can even pay your charges through demand draft, internet banking, and credit/debit card in the earlier case. You will receive payment receipt if charges paid online and you are required to attach it with your acknowledgement letter as payment proof. However, for the latter you can only pay through a demand draft.

  • The acknowledgement form along with accompanied proofs must be sent to NSDL in Pune within 15 days of the online application date. The envelope must be subscribed with the words APPLICATION FOR PAN – Acknowledgement Number.
  • Thereafter, you must wait for the payment received, if paid through cheque or demand draft. You must track your application status regularly. You can use tracking facility provided by NSDL by sending an SMS to 57575 or by typing SMS NSDLPAN-space-Acknowledgement No

The process for making needed corrections in the given details of your existing PAN card is same as the procedure for application of a new PAN card. You only have to select the option of Changes or Correction in PAN details on the home page of the Income Tax PAN Services Unit.

Ashish Pandey

I am a business and finance journalist who is currently employed at Financial Express and previously at Zee News. My areas of interest include business and foreign policy. You can reach me on Twitter at @ashuvirgo1984 or @eFundsPlus.

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  • bharat

    Get to the nearest Axis bank branch, sign a PAN card form (bank executive will take care of the details) and pay the fee in cash. This still seems easier!
    Nonetheless, e-filing for PAN card is a good initiative.

  • Kuldeeptweet03

    I will suggest to apply it online as by visiting their website one can have easy glimpse of other details related to it.

  • Manohar Thakur

    Yes that makes sense to apply online as it save the hell lot of time.