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Permanent Account Number (PAN) form

A PAN card application form, also referred to as Form 49A or Form 49AA, is used for the allotment of the Permanent Account Number (PAN).

PAN cards are issued by the Income Tax Department and are primarily used to identify taxpayers in the country. As such, every earning citizen of India is required to have a PAN card for availing of TDS/TCS credits, specified transactions or for filing income tax returns or claiming an Income Tax refund.

Form 49A is required to be filed by Indian citizens who are situated within or outside India, while Form 49AA is to be filed by individuals outside India or companies incorporated outside India.

There are four options for filing a PAN Card application online:

1.Physical form submission with documents

2.e-KYC based

3.e-Sign based

4.Digital Signature based.

1. Physical mode submission

This method requires the applicant to print the application form and attach photos after online data entry and submit the application along with the required documents. The process involved is as given below:

  • Select the category of the individual applying for a PAN card.
  • Complete the form with all the necessary details and verify that the information given is accurate.
  • Make the payment online to receive a duly filled Form 49A/49AA along with the payment receipt in your email.
  • Take a printout and affix two passport-sized photographs to it.
  • Next, sign the form after attaching the required documents.
  • Lately, send the form to NSDL at Income Tax PAN Service Unit, NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure, 5th Floor, Mantri Sterling, Plot No 341, Survey No.997/8, Model Colony, Pune- 411016.

2. e-KYC based

In this method, the applicant’s Aadhar card details are used for verifying the PAN card application. The photograph used in the Aadhar card would be used in the PAN card. PAN card would be dispatched to the address mentioned in Aadhar.

3. e-Sign based

In the Aadhar based e-Sign option, an applicant is required to upload scanned images of the photo, signature and supporting documents while making the application.

4. Digital Signature-based

An applicant is required to submit scanned copies of documents for this option.

Authentication is to be done using their digital signature.

What are the documents required for PAN?

For individuals and Hindu Undivided Families (HUF):

  • Proof of address - Electricity Bill, Bank Account statement, Water Bill, Post office passbook.
  • Proof of identity - Voter ID, Driving License, Passport, Aadhar Card etc.

For other categories

  • A copy of the registration certificate of the company.

How to fill out Form 49A and Form 49AA?

Online Method


  • Visit the official site of NSDL
  • Select the form related to PAN Card Application. Next, select the application type - ‘New PAN - Indian Citizen (Form 49A)/ Foreign Citizen (Form 49AA) and also select the applicable category.
  • Now, provide the applicant’s information including the name, middle name and surname, date of birth, e-mail id and mobile number.
  • Enter the captcha code
  • Lastly, click on the ‘Submit’ button.


  • Visit the official website of UTIITSL.
  • Select the option ‘Apply for PAN Card ‘from the drop-down list.
  • Click on the ‘Click to Apply Link’
  • Fill in the details and verify the details
  • Click on the Submit button
  • Provide the required data on the relevant boxes.
  • Enter the captcha code.
  • Click on the Submit.
  • After clicking on the Submit button, the applicant has to make the payment by any of the accepted modes which includedebit cards, credit cards, wallet payments or UPI.
  • Lastly, after a successful payment, the scanned images of supporting documents, photos and signatures are required to be uploaded and the application is signed digitally using a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC).

Offline Method to Fill Form 49A and 49AA

  • Visit the official website of NSDL or UTITSL
  • Select the option “New PAN” from the website.
  • Choose Form 49 or 49AA
  • Enter the details in the respective form.
  • Submit the form after filling up the required data.
  • Complete the payment of the processing fee to generate an acknowledgement slip.
  • Take a printout and sign in the relevant box.
  • Attach photographs of the acknowledgement along with other supporting documents.
  • Finally, submit the form and the documents to the NSDL within 15 days of submitting the online application form.

Points to be noted while applying for a PAN Card?

1. Personal details in the form should match with the supporting documents.

2. The resident's address, mobile number and email id should be correct.

3. The application is required to be filled in Block Letters only.

4. While applying online, the scan copy of the photo should not exceed 30kb in size.

5. Similarly, the scan copy of the signature should not exceed 60kb in size.

6. The photograph is required to be clipped or stapled in the form.

7. Signature must be affixed in such a manner that a portion of the signature is across the photo as well as the form.

8. In the case of a thumb impression for a physical form, it is required to be attested by a Gazetted Officer or Magistrate under his official seal and stamp.

9. The AO code, the AO type, Range Code and Area of the Jurisdictional Assessing Officer is required to be filled up by the applicant in the form. These codes are available from the PAN centres or the Income Tax Office.

What is an E-PAN?

E-PAN is the PAN provided in PDF format rather than a physical card. It is generally sent to the email id mentioned in the PAN application form. The PAN applicant is required to indicate the requirement of such format at the time of application. In such cases, email is mandatory to be mentioned in the application form.

What is Instant PAN?

Income Tax Department has launched a facility to provide PAN to an assessee on the basis of his AADHAR number.

This facility however is subject to the following conditions namely:

1. He has not been allotted a PAN;

2. The assessee's mobile number is linked with his Aadhar number.

3. His complete date of birth is available on his AADHAR Card.

4. The Assessee is not a minor on the date of application for PAN.

How to get an Instant PAN using this functionality?

1. Go to the Income-tax e-filing website.

2. Click on the option ‘Get New PAN’

3. Enter the Aadhar number of the applicant

4. Next, enter the OTP received on the mobile number linked with Aadhar.

5. Authenticate the Aadhar details.

6. Validate Email-id.

7. Lastly, download the e-PAN on successful validation.

How to apply for PAN Card correction

1. Visit the Protean eGov Technologies Limited site or the UTIITSL portal.

2. Fill out the PAN change request form.

3. Mention your PAN number correctly since any incorrect number will delay your request.

4. Select the checkbox next to the parameters required to be changed.

5. Check and verify all the details before submitting the form.

6. Once the changes are confirmed, you will receive a 15 digit acknowledgement number. This will be required for further communication or to track your application.

7. Lastly, make the payment, take a printout of the acknowledgement and after attaching the required documents send it to the following address:

Income Tax PAN Service Unit, NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure, 5th Floor, Mantri Sterling, Plot No 341, Survey No.997/8, Model Colony, Pune- 411016.


1. What is the PAN number?

A permanent account number is a unique number that is assigned to every person in the country for the purpose of identification and also helping in the process of banking and other transactions.

2. How many digits are there in the PAN card number?

The PAN card is a 10 digit alphanumeric number that is assigned to each applicant and is unique for each applicant.

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