Duplicate PAN Card

Every PAN allotted by the Income Tax Department is valid for a lifetime. There are instances where one can lose the PAN Card, or it can even be stolen, and in certain situations, it could be damaged. In such cases, the Income Tax Department issues a duplicate PAN Card on request. 

When a request for the duplicate PAN Card is raised, the PAN details and number remain the same without a change, only a new PAN Card is issued, and all the other information remains as it was in the lost/stolen, or damaged PAN. The Income Tax Department has made it very easy to get a duplicate PAN Card. Here is how you could get it done.

What is a Duplicate PAN Card?

A duplicate PAN card is a document issued by the income tax department to a PAN bearer when the card is lost, misplaced, or damaged. People frequently expose crucial papers to various threats daily and then question how to recover them. The Income Tax Department has made it quite simple to obtain a duplicate PAN card. Let's see how it goes.

When to Apply for a Duplicate PAN Card

Loss/theft:  Because people frequently carry their PAN cards in their wallets or pockets, they will probably be lost if their wallet/purse is stolen. Multiple applications to the department are fairly prevalent in India.

In case of theft, an FIR of theft needs to be filed, and a copy of the FIR needs to be sent along with the application and other supporting documents.

Misplaced: There are several instances where people leave the card somewhere and then are unaware of where they keep it.
Damaged:  The sole option for any type of damage to the current PAN card needs to be led to the PAN Card reprint. 

How to Apply for a Lost PAN Card?

Obtaining a duplicate PAN card is a straightforward process. The application can be submitted via the official website, TIN-NSDL, or in paper form to the NSDL’s PAN services unit. Online duplicate card applications save a significant amount of time and money.

Let’s have a look at how to get a duplicate PAN Card-

  • Visit TIN-NSDL and choose the application type “Changes or corrections in existing PAN data/Reprint of PAN card (specify ‘No changes in existing PAN data’). (If your PAN card is lost, forgotten, or stolen, you should reprint it without altering any of the information.)
  • Fill in the essential fields and then submit the form.
  • A token number will be produced and delivered to the email address you entered on the previous page. Make a note of the token number for future reference, and then proceed with the application filing.
  • Fill out the essential information in the “Personal Details” tab and choose the mode of submission for your PAN application form. The three possible modes are as follows:
  • Physically provide application paperwork: The acknowledgement form generated after payment must be printed, together with the copies of papers requested, and mailed to the NSDL’s PAN services section.
  • Submit digitally using e-KYC and e-sign (paperless): Aadhaar is required to use this option, and all of the information provided in your Aadhaar should be utilized alone in the duplicate PAN card application. An OTP will be given to the Aadhaar registered phone to verify the information supplied. It is not necessary to upload a photo, signature, or any other papers. When using this option to submit the completed form, a digital signature (DSC) will be required to e-sign the form. iii. Submit scanned photos through e-sign: Aadhaar is required for this option, however, you must submit scan images of your portrait, signature, and other documents. Only an OTP will be required to authenticate the application form.
  • Then you must decide whether you require a physical PAN card or an e-PAN card. If you choose an e-PAN card, you must supply a valid email address. The digitally signed e-PAN card will be sent to the email address given.
  • Fill out the “Contact & other details” and “document details” pages before applying.
  • You will be routed to the payment page, and once you have made your payment, an acknowledgement will be created.
  • Using the 15-digit acknowledgement number generated, you may verify the status of your duplicate PAN card.
  • After the department accepts the application, the duplicate PAN card will be sent out within two weeks.

Documents Required to Apply for Duplicate PAN Card

The following are the documents needed to apply for lost PAN card-

  • Self-attested identity documents such as a driver's license, Aadhaar card, voter ID, and so on.
  • Address proof that has been self-attested, such as bank account statements, utility bills, Aadhaar, and so on.
  • A PAN allocation letter or a self-attested copy of the PAN Card.
  • Self-attested documents with your birth date, such as a birth certificate, passport, matriculation certificate, etc.

How to Check the Duplicate PAN Card Application

You can maintain track of the status of your offline or online application for a duplicate PAN card by following the steps outlined below.

Step 1: Go to the TIN-NSDL website to check the status of duplicate PAN cards.

Step 2: Select 'PAN-New/Change Request' from the 'Application Type' drop-down box.

Step 3: Enter your confirmation number and security code.

Step 4: Press the 'Submit' option.

The status of the duplicate PAN card application will be displayed on the following screen. If you choose the paperless option for acquiring this document, you can also download a duplicate PAN card copy online.

How to Download the Duplicate PAN Card Online

To download missing PAN cards online, follow these step-by-step instructions.

Step 1: Go to the TIN-NSDL website first.

Step 2: Enter the acknowledgment number you obtained after completing the online duplicate PAN card application.

Step 3: Click the 'Generate OTP' button to complete the process.

Step 4: Enter the OTP that was issued to your cell phone. After that, click 'Validate.'

Step 5: To obtain your e-PAN card, select the 'Download PDF' option.

If you can't recall your application acknowledgment number, you can still download the document with your Aadhaar card.

How to Surrender the Duplicate PAN

It is illegal to carry more than one PAN card. A penalty of Rs. 10,000 is imposed on anyone who holds more than one PAN card. As a result, if you have more than one PAN card, you must surrender the duplicate PAN card immediately by carefully following the instructions-

  • Send a letter to the assessing officer requesting the return of the duplicate PAN card. Provide all essential and mandatory PAN card information.
  • Mention both the PAN card you want to carry and the one you want to submit.
  • Submit the letter to the evaluating officer, who will review it and respond with an acknowledgment number. The acknowledgment number serves as verification that the PAN card you surrendered has been revoked.
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