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We are here to provide you with information and guidance about the PAN card in India, and help you through the application process. We can offer assistance in checking and submitting your application for your first PAN card and can also offer guidance about how to make changes to the details shown on an existing card. We will also assist in replacing PAN cards which have been lost, stolen or damaged.

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PAN stands for personal account number and is the system used by the Indian tax department to track tax paid by companies, individuals and other institutions, and to monitor who is moving money around the country and why.

What information is on a PAN card?

Your PAN card number is allocated to you automatically when you apply for your first card. Each PAN is unique to you, and by law, an individual can only have one PAN. The government has put all of the PAN information and application forms online to make application easier. Your PAN is with you for life, and the number won’t change if you get married, move house or even leave India to live elsewhere. PAN isn’t a proof of citizenship, but as the cards bear your personal details and photograph, it’s a useful form of identification to have.

You will be asked to show your PAN card when carrying out lots of basic financial transactions in India. For example, banks will ask to see your PAN card when you open a new account, or start to have a salary paid in by a new employer. PAN cards are required when you buy or sell a home or other property, or when you buy other assets over a certain value. Having a PAN card isn’t required by law, but you will be asked for your PAN in so many situations that on a practical level, everyday life is almost impossible without one. It’s not just individuals who need a PAN; organisations like companies or charities need one too in order to legally move funds around the Indian banking system.

Don’t confuse PAN with the Aadhaar ID card with biometric data – they are two separate things. If you already have an Aadhaar, then you can have it linked to your PAN card by filling in the details in the appropriate section.

Getting a PAN Card

By far the simplest way of getting your PAN is using the online services provided by the Indian government. You can read through the guidance notes then complete the forms online, sign your application digitally, and then scan and upload whatever supporting information you are providing with your application. You’ll need to send passport photographs, a copy of something official with your signature on it and scans of other documents proving your identity such as passport, residence visa or a statement from your employer.

People who are citizens of countries other than India use the same website for PAN applications, but have to complete a different form. Check carefully that you’re in the right section of the website for your circumstances as completing the wrong paperwork might mean your application is rejected, and you have to start again from the beginning. Also check that you’re applying for the correct category of PAN card. Most people will be applying in the “individual” category for their PAN. If you want to make corrections to a PAN card, or want to request a replacement card, this can also be done through the website.

Those living in India have another option. There is a network of PAN service centres across the country where you can make an appointment to attend in person to go through the process with an advisor. This might be a better option for people who have unusual circumstances or want to ask more questions.

How long will I wait for my new PAN card?

If you’ve not made any mistakes when completing the form and have uploaded the right supporting evidence with your application, it should take around 3 weeks for you to receive your PAN card in the mail.

Do I really need to bother with a PAN card?

We understand how frustrating it can be to complete endless forms and applying for seemingly dozens of different types of identification. However, getting a PAN is something you really should prioritise. If you want to take up employment, have a mobile phone contract or open a bank account in India, you’ll be asked for your PAN card. Your PAN card shows both your photograph and the number which is unique to you, and is used to track your financial and tax affairs in India. In practical terms, you’re not going to be able to work legally, live and pay the right tax in India without one.

Does everyone need a PAN card?

It’s not just people born in India or with an Indian passport who need a PAN card. People who have moved to India to live or work will need to apply for a PAN card too. PAN cards have to be shown when you’re opening a bank account or signing up for a new mobile phone contract, and these rules apply to everyone, irrespective of where they were born or what country’s passport they have. Companies need a PAN card too, so if your business is turning over the equivalent of around £10,000 per year, you will need to register the company for a company PAN too.

The one exception to the PAN system is for people who are contractors in India for a short period or for workers in India being paid by organisations in their home country. If you’re not liable to pay tax in India, you won’t need a PAN.

Getting a PAN Card

You have a couple of options when applying for your PAN card. The quickest and easiest method for many is online application. This is definitely the better option if you’re trying to get paperwork in order before making the move for a new job in India. You’ll first have to register as a user on the government website before starting your PAN application. You can read through and then complete the forms online, scan and upload documents such as passport to support your applications, make your payment online and them submit the whole application electronically. You can request your PAN to be sent anywhere in the world, but it costs more to have the cards sent to a non-Indian postal address. If you’re living in India already, electronic application is still often better as it’s available around the clock and you can go online at a time which suits you.

The second application method is to apply in person at one of the hundreds of Tax Information Network (TIN) offices all over India. Call your local office to make an appointment, then attend in person with all of your documents to go through the application process with an advisor. This might be a better option for people who don’t like using the internet or just prefer to have a real person assist them.

Using a PAN Card

PAN cards are widely accepted as a standard form of identification as they have the holder’s photograph, signature and personal details. It’s wise to have your PAN card with you at all times as if you’re opening a bank account or starting a new job, you’ll be asked to show your card rather then just quoting the number.