How to Apply Online for Permanent Account Number?

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Steps to Apply Online for Permanent Account Number

Please see this video for an overview:

Here are the Steps given:

Step 1:

An applicant must fill Form 49A online before submitting the online form. Do not make any errors and if, rectify them and re-submit the form.

Once the form is submitted, a confirmation screen with all the data filled by the applicant will be displayed; the applicant may either edit or confirm the same.

After the confirmation, an acknowledgement will be displayed containing a unique 15-digit acknowledgement number.

The applicant is requested to save and print this acknowledgement.

Step 2:

‘Individual’ applicants must affix two recent colour photographs with white background (size 3.5 cm x 2.5 cm) in the space provided and please note that the photographs should not be stapled or clipped to the acknowledgement.

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Signature / Left Thumb Impression should only be within the box provided in the acknowledgement.

The signature should not be on the photograph affixed on right side of the form. In case of applicants other than ‘Individuals’, the authorized signatory shall sign the acknowledgement and affix the appropriate seal or stamp.

The signature should not be on photograph. If there is any mark on photograph such that it hinders the clear visibility of the face of the applicant, the application will not be accepted.

Signature / Left hand thumb impression should be provided across the photo affixed on the left side of the form in such a manner that portion of signature/impression is on photo as well as on acknowledgement.

Thumb impression, if used, should be attested by a Magistrate or a Notary Public or a Gazetted Officer under official seal and stamp.

If communication Address is within India; the fee for processing PAN application is 96.00 (85.00 + 12.36% service tax) and the payment can be made either by Demand Draft; Cheque; Credit Card / Debit Card; Net Banking

In case, if any of addresses i.e. office address or residential address is a foreign address, the payment can be made only by way of Demand Draft payable at Mumbai.

If communication Address is outside India; the fee for processing PAN application is 962.00 (Application fee  85.00 + Dispatch Charges  771.00) + 12.36% service tax and the payment can be made only by way of Demand Draft payable at Mumbai.

At present the facility for dispatch of PAN cards outside India is available for a select list of countries.

Instructions for Processing Fee:

Demand draft and cheque should be drawn in favour of ‘NSDL – PAN’.

Demand draft shall be payable at Mumbai and the acknowledgement number should be mentioned on the reverse of the demand draft.

Applicants making payment by cheque shall deposit a local cheque (drawn on any bank) with any HDFC Bank branch across the country (except Dahej).

The applicant shall mention NSDLPAN on the deposit slip. List of HDFC Bank Branches

Credit card / Debit card / Net banking payment

Persons authorized to make Credit card / Debit card / Net banking payment are as below:           

Category of Applicant Payment by Credit Card / Debit Card / Net Banking can be made by / for
Individual Self, immediate family members (parents, spouse, children)
HUF Karta of the HUF
Company Any Director of the Company
Firm / Limited Liability Partnership Any Partner of the Firm / Limited Liability Partnership
Association of Person(s) / Body of Individuals / Association of Person(s) Trust / Artificial Juridical Person / Local Authority Authorized Signatory covered under section 140 of Income Tax Act, 1961

Applicants making credit card / debit card payment will be charged an additional surcharge of 5.00 by the bank providing payment gateway facility.

Applicants making payment through Net Banking facility will be charged an additional surcharge of 4.00 + service tax for payment gateway facility.

On successful credit card / debit card / net banking payment acknowledgement will be displayed. Applicant shall save and print the acknowledgement and send to NSDL as mentioned in point (p) & (q) below.

After the payment done, the acknowledgement duly signed, affixed with photograph (in case of ‘Individuals’) along with Demand Draft, if any, and proof of identity (name in the application should be same as in the proof of identity) & proof of address (Individuals, HUFs, Body of Individuals, Association of Persons & Artificial Juridical Person should provide proof of address of residence stated in the application) as specified in the application form is to be sent to:

NSDL at 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 – 411016.

Super scribe the envelope with ‘APPLICATION FOR PAN – Acknowledgement Number’ (e.g. ‘APPLICATION FOR PAN – 881010100000097’).      

Please Note:

Acknowledgement, Demand Draft, if any, proofs, should reach NSDL within 15 days from the date of online application. Applications received with demand draft or cheque as mode of payment shall be processed only on receipt of relevant proofs and realization of payment.

For more information

  • Call PAN/TDS Call Centre at 020 – 27218080; Fax: 020 – 27218081
  • e-mail us at:
  • SMS NSDLPAN <space> Acknowledgement No. & send to 57575 to obtain application status.
  • Write to: INCOME TAX PAN SERVICES UNIT (Managed by NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited), 5th floor, Mantri Sterling,
  • Plot No. 341, Survey No. 997/8, Model Colony, Near Deep Bungalow Chowk, Pune – 411016


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