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NSDL accepts PAN applications on behalf of Income Tax Department (since June 2004) through its chain of TIN-Facilitation Centres (TIN-FCs) and PAN centres set up across the country. Further, NSDL also provides a facility to apply for PAN over internet through its online facility.
Types of PAN Applications
There are two types of PAN applications:
1. Application for allotment of PAN: – This application form should be used when the applicant has never applied for a PAN or does not have PAN allotted to him. Applicant may visit ITD’s website www.incometaxindia.gov.in to find whether a PAN has been allotted to him or not.
Following forms have been notified by ITD (w. e. f. November 1, 2011) for submitting applications for allotment of new PAN:
FORM 49A: – To be filled by Indian citizens including those who are located outside India.
FORM 49AA: – To be filled by foreign citizens.
2. Application for new PAN Card or/and Changes or Corrections in PAN Data: – Those who have already obtained the PAN and wish to obtain the new PAN card or want to make some changes / corrections in their PAN data, are required to submit their applications in the following form prescribed by ITD:
REQUEST FOR NEW PAN CARD OR/AND CHANGES OR CORRECTION IN PAN DATA: – The same form can be used by Indian as well as foreign citizens.
A new PAN card bearing the same PAN but updated information is issued to applicant in such case.
How to Apply
Applicant may either make an online application through this website or submit physical PAN Application to any TIN-FC or PAN centre of NSDL.
Applicants should go through the instructions and guidelines provided in the application form before filling the form.
Applicant should ensure that the necessary supporting documents (as specified under Rule 114 of Income Tax Department) are submitted along with the application. The details of the documents required are also provided in the application form. Name mentioned in Application form and Name in the Proof of Identity /Proof of Address should match exactly.
Where to get the Physical Application Forms
Applicants may obtain the application forms from TIN-FCs, PAN centres, any other vendors providing such forms or can freely download the same from this website.
NSDL forwards the application details to ITD after digitization of the form submitted.
In case of application for allotment of PAN (Form 49A), a new PAN is allotted by ITD. NSDL prints the PAN card after allotment of PAN by ITD and dispatches the same along with an allotment letter to the respective applicant.
In case of ‘Request for New PAN Card or/and Changes or Correction in PAN data’ the application request is forwarded to ITD for update of the database and after confirmation from ITD, a new PAN card is printed and dispatched to the applicant.
All the communications are sent at the address mentioned as ‘address for communication’ in the form. Applicants, specifying valid e-mail ID in the application, are informed about the new PAN through e-mail in addition to the PAN allotment letter. Applicants are advised to mention their telephone number (preferably a mobile number) in the application. This ensures faster communication in case of any discrepancy in the application.
PAN Applications by Non Resident Indians
Guidelines for PAN applications by non residents
The applicants may track the status of their application using 15 digit unique Acknowledgment Number after three days of application using the status track facility. Alternatively, applicant may call TIN Call Centre on 020 – 2721 8080 to enquire about the status of application. The status of the PAN application can also be tracked by sending an SMS – NSDLPAN < your 15 digit acknowledgement number > to 57575.
If the communication address is within India, the fee for processing of PAN application is Rs.105 (Rs.93 +12.36% service tax).
If the communication address is outside India, the fee is Rs.971 [Application fee Rs.105 (Rs.93 + 12.36% service tax) + Dispatch Charges Rs.866].
How Soon a PAN Card is Dispatched
Normally 15 days are required to process the application, provided application is found to be in order (25 days in case of CR).