Friday, 20 October 2017

How to Submit PAN Card Application Online

How to Submit PAN Card Application Online

Our government has never been more digitally savvy than it is today, and that means that there are many important government functions that can be carried out online. A month ago, the government even launched a website to let all of us track the attendance of central government employees, and to see if they were arriving to work on time. With so many government services going digital, we believe that it’s important that our readers also know what can be done online, and how.

To start with, we’re taking you through the process of applying for a PAN card. In India, most important financial transactions require you to have a PAN card – it is used when opening a bank account, filing tax returns, or for financial transactions above Rs. 50,000. Having one of these cards is pretty much essential if you’re working and managing your own finances.

Applying for a PAN is simple, and you can fill the forms online, but you’ll have to mail your documents to the Income Tax PAN services offices to finalise the process. Once you fill up the form on the site and send your papers, the application is processed and the card shipped directly to your residential address.

In case you get stuck and need more information, then the helpline number (18001801961) is a good resource – when we got stuck on some of the details of the application, we gave them a call and found the service extremely helpful.

Step one is to get copies of the different documents you need to submit on your application.

Documents Required

To submit the application, you need to upload several documents to the PAN Services Unit website. You will need to upload a proof of identity, address and date of birth, along with a scanned passport photograph. Start by making a scan of any one document per section, for each section below:

Proof of identity
A copy of any one of these documents is acceptable as ID proof for a PAN card:

Aadhaar Card issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India

Elector’s photo identity card


Driving licence


Passport


Ration card having photograph of the applicant


Arms license


Photo identity card issued by the Central Government or State Government or Public Sector Undertaking


Pensioner card having photograph of the applicant


Central Government Health Service Scheme Card or Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme photo card


Certificate of identity in original signed by a Member of Parliament or Member of Legislative Assembly or Municipal Councillor or a Gazetted officer


Bank certificate in original on letter head from the branch (along with name and stamp of the issuing officer) containing attested photograph and bank account number of the applicant

Address proof

Along with your photo ID, you’ll also have to enclose an address proof in your application. Any of the following documents can be included with your form:

Aadhaar Card issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India

Elector’s photo identity card


Driving licence


Passport


Passport of the spouse


Post office passbook having address of the applicant


Latest property tax assessment order


Domicile certificate issued by the government


Allotment letter of accommodation issued by Central or State Government of not more than three years old


Property registration


Certificate of address in original signed by a Member of Parliament or Member of Legislative Assembly or Municipal Councillor or a Gazetted officer

Employer certificate in original

You can also use one of the following documents, if it is less than three months old:

Electricity bill


Landline telephone or broadband connection bill


Water bill


Consumer gas connection card or book or piped gas bill


Bank account statement


Depository account statement


Credit card statement

Proof of date of birth

A copy of any one of these documents should suffice as proof of date of birth:

Birth Certificate issued by the Municipal Authority or any office authorised to issue Birth and Death Certificate by the Registrar of Birth and Deaths or the Indian Consulate as defined in clause (d) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Citizenship Act, 1955 (57 of 1955)

Pension payment order

Elector’s photo identity card


Driving licence


Passport


Passport of the spouse


Post office passbook having address of the applicant


Latest property tax assessment order


Domicile certificate issued by the government


Allotment letter of accommodation issued by Central or State Government of not more than three years old


Property registration

Photographs

You will need two recent passport sized photographs for the PAN card application.

How to apply

Once you have scans of all these documents ready, simply do the following:

Go to this page on the NSDL website.

Scroll to the bottom and select Individual in the Apply for a new PAN Card drop down menu. Click on Select.

Now you can start filling the form. In case you have any doubts, visit this page for form filling guidelines.

The first field is AO Code, which you can look up here. You can also call the Income Tax department helpline at 18001801961 to find out about your AO code.

The other fields like name, gender, address, etc. are pretty self-explanatory, but remember to select the correct documents you will be submitting along with the application, from the drop-down window in point 15 on the form.

Once you’ve filled in all the details, select a payment method at the end of the form. The PAN card application fee is Rs. 105, but additional bank charges may apply depending on the payment method. If you want the PAN card sent outside India, the fee is Rs. 971. You can pay via demand draft, cheque, credit/debit card or net banking.

Click Submit when done.

Review all the details in your form. Make sure all spellings are correct and enter the captcha code, then click Confirm.

Now you’ll see a page with payment terms and conditions. Note down the transaction number at the top of the page and click Agree.

Complete the payment.

You’ll now see an acknowledgement form. This has a unique 15-digit acknowledgement number. Print this page.


Paste the two photographs on the printout of the acknowledgement (in the space provided). 


Sign within the box on the acknowledgement form.


Put this form in an envelope with the cheque or DD (if you haven’t paid online), and the required documents mentioned earlier.


On the envelope, write APPLICATION FOR PAN – ____. Fill in the blank with your unique 15-digit acknowledgement number.


Post it 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.


Your application must reach NSDL within 15 days from the date of online application. They’ll send the PAN card to your address after processing the application. You can call 02027218080 to check the status of your application.


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