PAN (Permanent Account Number) is a unique alphanumeric number allocated by the Government of India under the Indian income tax act of 1961 to all juristic entities.

Permanent Account Number (PAN) is a 10-digit alphanumeric number individually allotted to each citizen by the Income Tax Department of India. The widespread usage and application of PAN have made it one of the most significant documents for anyone who wants to be a part of a booming economy.

PAN Card

It is issued under the supervision of the Central Board of Direct taxes by Indian Income Tax Department and serves as an important identification proof in India.

The main purpose of the PAN number is to identify the key financial transactions to curb tax evasion. This is done so by tracking the monetary transactions of individuals.

This number has been made mandatory for all major financial transactions such as opening a bank account, receiving taxable salary or professional fees and even sale or purchase of assets above specified limits.

The Income Tax Department of India has made it simple and convenient to apply for a PAN card. You can download the Application form No. 49A and after filling it up correctly submit it online. You can download the form and submit it in

The same form can be downloaded from UTI Investor Services Ltd website and the website of National Securities Depository Ltd. The same form in the printed format is available at IT PAN Service Centers and TIN Facilitation Centers.

Along with the form you need to submit a valid identify identity proof and a proof of residence. Also, you need to attach a recent color photograph of yourself on the application before submitting it.

The filled application has to be submitted at your nearest IT PAN Service Centre or TIN Facilitation Centre with the requisite fee. The Addresses of the centers can be obtained from

Check PAN Card Application Status Online

Once you have applied for a new PAN card or have asked for the reprint of the original copy, then you may be wondering how do you track the status of the application. Fortunately for you, the government provides three options — SMS facility, telephone call, and online tracking.

Both National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) and UTI Infrastructure Technology and Services Limited (UTIITSL), which are authorized by the Government of India to issue PAN cards, allows you to track the application status online.

The method is reasonably simple and the only thing this is needed is the application number that is sent to you via email, once the application form is submitted.

Check PAN Card application status online (NSDL)

  • You can visit the NSDL PAN application status tracking page here.
  • Select the application type.
  • Enter the acknowledgment number in the field below application type (this number is sent to you via email by NSDL on completion of the application form).
  • Enter captcha code.
  • Press submit to view the status of your PAN card.

Check PAN Card application status online (UTIITSL)

  • You have to visit the UTIITSL PAN card application status page here.
  • Enter the application coupon number sent to you by UTIITSL on completion of the application form.
  • Alternatively, you can enter the PAN number.
  • Enter captcha code. Press submit to view the status of your PAN card.

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