There are two ways to apply for the PAN Card. You can apply online at the NSDL website or you can apply offline at any of the district level PAN agencies.

You can get a PAN card by applying through the NSDL (National Securities Depository Limited) as well as through the UTIISL (UTI Infrastructure Technology and Services Limited).

For applying you need to fill and submit Form 49A. You can get this form both offline and online depending on the method of your application. We will be discussing both the methods of application in length.

How to Apply for PAN Card Offline

  • Visit the or website.
  • You then need to select the New PAN option on the website.
  • You will then find Form 49A for Indian Citizens including NRI/NRE/OCI individuals.
  • Fill in the details given in the form.
  • After filling the form you need to submit the form and pay the processing fee.
  • Then, you will find a page with 15 digit acknowledgment. Print the page and sign in the space provided there.
  • Attach passport sized photographs on the acknowledgment along with the proof of identity and proof of address documents and also Demand Draft in case you are paying through DD.
  • Send the above to the NSDL office by post within 15 days of submitting the online application form.
  • After following all these steps, the PAN will be sent to the address given in the form within 15 working days.


  • Download the PAN card application form from the NSDL or UTIISL websites. You can also collect a copy from UTIISL agents.
  • The next thing would be to fill in the form and attach required documents and that would be proof of identity, address, and photographs.
  • After you have filled the form, submit the form and documents to the NSDL office along with the payment of the processing fee.
  • After following the above things the PAN card will be sent to the address mentioned by you in the form within 15 working days.  

Form 49A PAN Card Application

Form 49A is the application form required for the Permanent Account Number allotment for Indian residents.

It is compulsory for any individual who is a resident of India to fill the form 49A in order to apply for PAN as this form is the application form. One can find and download the application form online from UTIITSL website or NSDL e-Governance official website.

The form needs to be filled with correct details and once the form is filled, the payment can be made by the applicants and then they can submit the form with the required documents and photographs. 

Before moving forward, it would be nice to know a few things about this form that is the rules to fill this form and what details can one expect to fill in this form.

PAN Card Eligibility Age Limit

Minimum age limit for applying for PAN card

The minimum age limit for applying for a PAN card is 18 years.

Can a Student Apply for a PAN Card?

Students can apply for a PAN card as long as they are above 18 years of age. In case you are a minor (younger than 18 years old), your parents can apply for the PAN card on your behalf.

Maximum Age Limit for PAN Card Application

There is no maximum age limit for application of PAN card. You can be of any age and still apply for a PAN card.

What to Fill in the PAN Card Form? 

  • Assessing officer code: This section requires the applicant to mention the code of the area he is residing in, Accounts office type, Range code and also the accounts office number.
  • Full name: The individual has to fill in their marital status, first name, last name, and surname.
  • Abbreviation of the name: The applicant gets to abbreviate their name in this section of the form.
  • Another name: The applicant needs to mention here if they were ever known by any other name apart from the name mentioned earlier. In case they did have another name, the applicant will have to provide details of the other name that is the first name, last name, and surname.
  • Gender: write your gender – male or female.
  • Date of birth: For an individual applicant, they have to mention their date of birth and in case the application is for organizations, the date of partnership/incorporation/Agreement or Trust deed have to be mentioned.
  • Father’s name: The first name, last name, and surname of the applicant’s father is required in this part of the form. This part is applicable only to the individual applicants including married women.
  • Address: This part has to be carefully filled by the applicants and they need to give the correct details. The applicants need to fill the details of their residence address and office address in this part of the form.
  • Address of communication: A choice has to be made between office or residence as the address of communication by the applicant in this part of the form.
  • Phone number and email id: both the phone number as well as the email have to be ones you are available on.
  • Status of applicant: In this part of the form, the applicant will have to mention their status from among the following: individual, an HUF member, Company, Partnership firm, etc.
  • Registration number: The applicant has to provide the registration number for the company, firms, LLPs, etc.
  • Aadhaar number: If the applicant owns an Aadhaar card then the Aadhaar number should be mentioned in here.
  • Source of income: The applicant should disclose their source of income.
  • Representative Assessee: The applicant needs to provide the name and address of the representative assessee.
  • Documents submitted– In this part of the form, the applicant needs to mention all the documents they have submitted with the form. 

Tips for Applying for a PAN Card

The form can only be filled in English language. There is no provision to fill the form in any other language apart from English.

  • The applicants need to attach 2 recent color photographs in the space provided. Make sure the photos are not stamped or clicked as this photo is going to be in your pan card. Also, a signature or left thumb impression should be provided across the photo.The signature or the thumb impression should be on both the photo and the form. This photo has to go on the left top corner of the form. For the photograph that has to be affixed on the right top corner of the form, the signature or thumb impression should be contained inside the box provided and not on the photograph as this photograph will be the one displayed on the PAN card.
  • Make sure you don’t overwrite and all the details given by you are correct otherwise you would need to apply for correction of the PAN card.

Documents Required for PAN Card Application

1.Date of Birth

The documents that can be used as proof of Date of Birth (DoB) for PAN card are as follows:

  • Birth certificate
  • Order for pension payment
  • Marriage certificate
  • Matriculation certificate
  • Passport
  • Driving Licence
  • An affidavit that has been notarized before a magistrate

2.Proof of Address

The documents that can be used as a proof of address for PAN Card are as follows:

  • Electricity bill.
  • Landline bill.
  • Broadband connection bill.
  • Water bill.
  • Consumer gas connection.
  • Bank account statement.
  • Depository account statement.
  • Post office passbook.
  • Passport of the spouse.
  • Passport.
  • A domicile certificate that is issued by the government.
  • Aadhaar card.
  • Employer certificate.

3.Proof of Identity

The documents that can be used as a proof of identity for PAN card are as follows:

  • +Driving license.
  • +Passport.
  • +Arm’s license.
  • +Aadhaar Card.
  • +Any photo identity card issued by a government body.
  • +Pensioner card with a photograph of the applicant.
  • +Bank certificate.
Eligibility to Apply a PAN Card

To own a PAN card one must fulfil the criteria listed as below:

  • The applicant must be a citizen of India with the valid documents listed above that is with a valid address, an identity of proof and date of birth.
  • In case you are a minor, your parents can apply for the PAN card on your behalf.
  • If you are a citizen of India but are residing outside the country, then you can provide a copy of your bank statement in the present country of residence as proof of address.
  • For mentally challenged individuals, a representative can apply for his/her PAN card. The representative will have to provide the documents of the mentally challenged individuals as well as his/her own details.
  • If you are running a company and require a PAN card, then your company should be registered with the Registrar of Companies and you should also provide the registration certificate in order to get a PAN card for your company.
  • For partnership firms or limited liability partnerships, the firms should be registered with the relevant government authorities and they too shall provide the registration certificate.
PAN Card Status

You can check the status of your PAN card application here:


Check PAN Card Status:

To check PAN Card status here, enter application coupon number, or enter the PAN number if you already have one. Then, enter the captcha and press ‘Submit’.


Check PAN Card Status:

To check PAN Card status here, choose the application type, and then enter the acknowledgment number. Then, enter the captcha and press ‘Submit’.

Some Additional Information

Structure of Pan Card

Pan number is generated automatically based on the information given by the applicants.

The first three characters of the PAN card are a sequence of alphabets from AAA to ZZZ. The fourth character signifies the type of taxpayer that you are. The following letters and their significance is given below:

  • A — Association of Persons (AOP)
  • B — Body of Individuals (BOI)
  • C — Company
  • F — Firm
  • G — Government
  • H — HUF (Hindu Undivided Family)
  • L — Local Authority
  • J — Artificial Judicial Person
  • P — Individual
  • T — AOP (Trust)
  • K — Krish (Trust Krish)

So if an individual obtains PAN, his/her PAN will have the fourth character as ‘P’ which stands for Individual.

The fifth character in PAN is the first letter of your surname. So, if a person is named ‘Aman Singh’, the fifth character of his PAN will be ‘S’. And the last character is an alphabet.

Do’s and Don’ts for PAN Card Application

There are few things you need to keep in mind while applying for the PAN card.

  • Make sure to fill in all the details as per your identity and address proof documents that you have submitted.
  • Do get your thumb impression attested by a Magistrate/Notary and then submit the form to avoid disqualification.
  • Make sure to write the complete address and provide accurate contact details in the form.
  • Fill in the application form in capital letters.
  • Do not make corrections or overwrite on the form.
  • Do not use initials in the first name or last name columns.
  • Do not apply for a new PAN card if your old PAN card is lost/stolen/defaced.

This is all you need to know before applying for the PAN card and once you follow the steps mentioned above, you will get your Pan cards. Since PAN cards are an important document to have, make sure you get it quickly and in time.

Happy investing!

Disclaimer: the views expressed here are of the author and do not reflect those of Groww.


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