Apply for a Permanent Account Number (PAN)

June 28, 2011

Apply for a Permanent Account Number (PAN)

Permanent Account Number (PAN) refers to a ten-digit alphanumeric number, issued in the form of a laminated card, by the Income Tax Department in India. It is a must to have a PANnumber for all those who file their income tax returns, because from 2005 onwards, it has been made mandatory by the Income Tax Department to quote the PAN on return of income as well as on all correspondence with any income tax authority in the country.

Also, it is now compulsory to quote PAN in all documents pertaining to financial transactions notified from time to time by the Central Board of Direct Taxes, such as sale and purchase of immovable property or motor vehicle or payments in cash, of amounts exceeding a certain limit to hotels and restaurants, or in connection with travel to any foreign country. It is also mandatory to mention PAN for obtaining a telephone or cellular telephone connection. Likewise, PAN has to be mentioned for making a time deposit exceedingRs. 50,000/- with a Bank or Post Office or for depositing cash of Rs. 50,000/- or more in aBank.

How to apply for a PAN ?

The Income Tax Department(External website that opens in a new window) has ensured that applying for a PAN is a simple and convenient procedure. All you need to do is submit the requisiteApplication Form No. 49A (273 KB)(PDF file that opens in a new window) . The PAN application can also be downloaded from the website of UTI Investor Services Ltd (the authorised agency to manage IT PAN service Centres in various cities) or from the website of National Securities Depository Ltd (NSDL)(External website that opens in a new window) or printed by local printers or photocopied (on A4 size 70 GSM paper) or obtained from any other source. The form is also available at IT PAN Service Centres and TIN Facilitation Centres.

You will need a recent colour photograph (stamp size: 3.5 cm x 2.5 cm) to attach on the form. You must mention the designation and code of the concerned Assessing Officer of theIncome Tax department in Form 49A. You can get this from the IT PAN Service Centresmentioned in the websites listed above. Also, the application shall have to be accompanied by a proof of identity as well as a proof of residence.

The filled application form has to be submitted at your nearest IT PAN Service Centre orTIN Facilitation Centre along with the requisite fee. The location of such centres can besearched online by using the facility given below :

Applications for fresh allotment of PAN can also be submitted through the Net

Further, requests for changes or correction in PAN data or a request for a newPAN card (for an existing PAN) may also be made through the Internet. For more details visit website that opens in anew window). If an application for allotment of PAN is submitted through theInternet and payment made through a ‘nominated’ credit card, the PAN is allotted on priority and communicated through email.

For more information, visit the FAQ section on Permanent Account Number(External website that opens in a new window) on the Income Tax Department website.


How to Get New PAN Card if Pan Card Lost? Step by Step
  • First of All If you have lost your PAN card, you need to notify the police and get an FIR from your local police station. You also need to write a letter requesting the issue of a duplicate PAN card. (for escaping from any misuse of lost or misplaced PAN Card)
  • Second You need to fill in a change request or correction form. Download
  • “You can also download a correction form from the websites of UTI Technology Services Ltd (UTITSL), National Securities Depository Ltd (NSDL), or the I-T department—‘’, ‘’ or or you can get a hard copy from any of the branches of UTITSL and NSDL. You can easily locate your nearest centre from the websites of UTITSL, NSDL or the I-T department.”
  • Now fill out the lost PAN card information on the form. In case you don’t have the number, you can retrieve the number of the lost card from‘‘’—(link) . You only need to fill your name, date of birth and your father’s name to get your lost card number.
  • Attach stamp-sized photograph along with cash 94. Submit your form at PANapplication centres of UTITSL and NSDL, the addresses of which are available at the I-T department website, and you will get a new card in 15 working days.

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15 Responses to “Apply for a Permanent Account Number (PAN)”

  1. selvamadavan k Says:

    pancard missing kindly forther action req

  2. Jawaid Khan Says:

    I want to surrender my PAN, Kindly assist.

  3. abdul gaffar Says:

    pan card AZNSPG8677N

  4. ramanaiah goda Says:

    my pancard no is aachg0954m,but tds returns not accepted that way i sabmited my pan no aacpg0954m for fourth colum is “p” toward individuval nov not avbl 26aa our tds amount,please accepte our filing records yours

    • admin Says:

      Hi Ramana,
      Please check the website and click on the link given on the page for the clarification. This website is just a convenient assorted gateway for the Huge database of Indian government websites.

  5. D.N.Aggarwal Says:

    one pan number given two person now what they do apply new pan card he submit the file from last 10 year and deposit the tax no problem but this year refund not given


    SIR I AM havlng pan card no#ADOPN5541J

  7. Babji Duvva Says:

    Hello Sir,
    my PAN card is damaged( half break), can any one help me to get a new or duplicated.

    • admin Says:

      Hi Babji,

      Visit any nearest pan card office and show your PAN card, they will issue a new card for you other wise if your no is not visible on the card. Then you have to FIR on nearest police station for stolen your pan card of {No. of pan card} and fill a form to reissue Stolen Pan card with attach a copy of this FIR.

  8. vikarm singh Says:

    apply for pan card number then i have receive no-08440300746503

  9. neeraj arya Says:

    sir i have PAN card. i wanted to made my family member’s pan card. can i apply online. if yes how?

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