How to Apply for a PAN Card Easily- A Step by Step Guide

Applying for a PAN card has become easier for people these days as they can now apply for a fresh PAN online as well as offline. Even those who have lost their PAN card can apply online for a reprint of the card or get the e-PAN from NSDL or UTIITSL. Let us discuss how to apply for PAN card online as well as offline, fees involved, documents required and more.

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 NSDL or UTIITSL web portals, follow the steps outlined below.

PAN Application through NSDL (Protean) Portal

The government has made provisions for applicants to apply for PAN through the Income Tax PAN Services Unit of NSDL. Follow these easy steps to apply for a PAN online:

Step 1: Open the NSDL site ( to apply for a new PAN.

Step 2: Select the Application type – New PAN for Indian citizens, foreign citizens or for change/correction in existing PAN data.

Step 3: Select your category – individual, associations of persons, a body of individuals, etc.

Step 4: Fill in all the required details like name, date of birth, email address and mobile number in the PAN form.

Step 5: On submitting the form, you will get a message regarding the next step.

Step 6: Click on the “Continue with the PAN Application Form” button.

Step 7: You will be redirected to the new page where you have to submit your digital e-KYC.

Step 8: Select whether you need a physical PAN card or not and provide the last four digits of your Aadhaar number.

Step 9: Enter your personal details, contact and other details in the next part of the form.

Step 10: Enter your area code, AO Type, and other details in this part of the form. You can also find these details in the tab below

Step 11: The last part of the form is the document submission and declaration.

Step 12: Enter the first 8 digits of your PAN card to submit the application. You will get to see your completed form. Click Proceed if no modification is required.

Step 13: Select the e-KYC option to verify using Aadhaar OTP. For Proof of Identity, Address and Date of Birth, select Aadhaar in all fields and click on Proceed to continue.

Step 14: You will be redirected to the payment section where you have to make payment either through demand draft or through net banking/debit/credit card.

Step 15: A payment receipt will be generated on successful payment. Click on “Continue”.

Step 16: Now for Aadhaar Authentication, tick the declaration and select the “Authenticate” option.

Step 17: Click on “Continue with e-KYC” after which an OTP will be sent to the mobile number linked with Aadhaar.

Step 18: Enter the OTP and submit the form.

Step 19: Now click on “Continue with e-Sign” after which you will have to enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number. An OTP will be sent to the mobile number linked with Aadhaar.

Step 20: Enter OTP and submit the application to get the Acknowledgement slip in pdf having your date of birth as the password in DDMMYYYY format.

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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