Complete Guide to Know How to Apply PAN Card Online

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PAN card issued by the Income Tax Department, India is an important document in the country. Of late, it is also used as an ID proof. Let’s see here how to apply it online.

Permanent Account Number or the PAN card is issued by the Income Tax Department in India for the residents of India. It is mainly used for filing the income tax returns. Of late, it has become mandatory for opening any bank account and it also serves as an identity proof. Under the circumstances, one should know as to how to apply pan card online. Any citizens of India even minors and non-resident Indians (NRIs) can get the PAN card. Of late, even foreign citizens are provided with a PAN card for specific reasons. Let’s see here some of the steps involved in applying for PAN card online.

Step 1: Filling up of Basic Information Form:

  1. Log on to

  2. Different categories for Indian citizens as well as foreign citizens. Select the one that suits you.

  3. First, the basic online application form should be filled up

Step 2: Form 49 A:

  1. Next, you have to fill up the form 49A which is meant for Indian citizens residing in India as well as abroad

  2. For filling up this form, you need to go through the instructions first.

  3. Next, you have to provide Address proof and ID proof and some of the documents that can be submitted are Elector’s photo ID, Aadhaar card, Driving licence, electricity bill, water bill, bank account statement, etc.

  4. You can even go for Aadhaar based e-signature.

  5. Once you completely fill up the form, you will get the confirmation screen, if everything is correct you can confirm it otherwise you have to edit it again.

Step 3: Application Fee:

The application fee for all those residing in India is Rs 107/- and for residing abroad it is Rs 994/-. This can be paid online by way of credit card or debit card or net banking. You can even pay through a demand draft made in favour of ‘NSDL-PAN’ and this is to be payable at Mumbai. When you make payment online, please save and take a print out of the acknowledgement once you make the payment.

Step 4: Acknowledgement:

Once you confirm the payment, the acknowledgement screen will appear containing the 15 digits unique acknowledgement number. It will also have space for your photograph and you have to sign on it. Please save it and take a print out.

Step 5: Affixing of Photographs and Signature:

For all the individual applicants, there will be space for photographs (size 3.5 cm x 2.5 cm) and also a space for signature will be available. You must not staple or clip the photos as the clarity will get affected. Sign across the photograph on the left side. Also, sign in the signature box. If you are affixing a thumb impression then you should get it attested by a Notary public or a Magistrate or a Gazetted Officer. If you are opting for Aadhaar based e-signature then you only need to upload all the relevant scanned documents.

Step 6: Submission of Documents:

The acknowledgement form along with the photographs, online payment confirmation or demand draft, proof of identity, date of birth and address to NSDL at the following address:

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 411 016

PAN/TDS Call Centre – 020-27218080


All the documents should be submitted within 15 days of applying for PAN card online. You can even send SMS NSDLPAN <space> 15 digit acknowledgement no to 57575 to know the status of your application.

Today, the PAN card has become a very important document. Hence, it is ideal to get it at the earliest.

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