How to Apply for a PAN Card Online

  • Updated on: 10 Jun 2024
  • Published on: 28 Jun 2023
How to Apply for a PAN Card Online

Your PAN (Permanent Account Number) card is a crucial document without which you can’t file your tax returns. That’s not all. Your financial transactions will also be limited and restricted. For example, if you don’t have a valid PAN card, you cannot deposit or pay more than ₹50,000 at a time. 

Read to know the steps to apply for a PAN card online and offline.

How to Apply for a PAN Card Online

Follow these steps to apply online through the Protean eGov Technologies website or the UTIITSL website:

Via Protean eGov Technologies (NSDL website)

  • Visit the Protean eGov Technologies website
  • Navigate to ‘PAN’ under the ‘Services’ tab
  • Go to the ‘Apply Online’ tab 
  • Scroll to ‘Application for allotment of New PAN (Form 49A) – applicable for Citizens of India’ or ‘Application for allotment of New PAN (Form 49AA) – applicable for foreign citizens’, whichever is applicable
  • Read through the guidelines, instructions, and do’s and don’ts 
  • Click on the ‘Apply’ link once you’ve read the instructions and have the documents ready
  • Enter the required details to get a temporary token number
  • Fill in the application as per the instructions and ensure there are no errors
  • Complete the e-KYC and e-sign process 
  • Click on ‘Submit’ and complete the payment 

Via UTIITSL website

  • Visit the UTIITSL website
  • Navigate to ‘Apply PAN Card’ under the ‘PAN Card Services’ tab
  • Click on ‘PAN Card for Indian Citizen/NRI’ or other option, as applicable
  • Choose the applicable form, ‘Form 49A’, if applying as an Indian Citizen/NRI 
  • Select your preferred mode, Physical or Digital and choose the sign option in case of latter 
  • Choose the ‘Status of Applicant’ and ‘PAN Card Mode’
  • Note the reference number, which you can use till the application number is generated
  • Fill in the required details and complete the e-sign and e-verification
  • Pay the fees and submit your form 

How to Apply for a PAN Card Offline

Here are the steps you need to follow to submit your application offline: 

  • Download and print the form from the official website (UTIITSL or the Income Tax Department)
  • Carefully fill it in black ink and block letters
  • Attach the required documents and your photographs as per the dimensions (do not staple or clip) 
  • Submit the documents and the application form to your nearest office within 30 days of payment

Armed with this information, be sure to apply at the earliest and link it with your Aadhaar card as soon as you get it. Doing so will make you eligible to get affordable financing from leading lenders like Fibe. 

At Fibe, you can get an Instant Personal Loan for up to ₹5 lakhs through an entirely digital process. You can enjoy competitive rates and flexible tenures to ensure a stress-free experience. Download our Personal Loan App or log in to our website to apply.

FAQs on How to Apply for a PAN Card

How can I apply for a PAN card online myself?

The government has two websites through which you can apply. These are: 

  • Protean eGov Technologies (NSDL) website
  • UTIITSL portal  

Which documents are needed for a PAN card?

You need the following paperwork to submit your application: 

  • ID Proof
  • Age Proof 
  • Residential Proof

How can I apply for a PAN immediately?

To apply instantly, visit any of these websites and complete the process: 

  • Protean eGov Technologies (NSDL) 

What is the fee for a PAN card?

This depends on your residential status, the form chosen, your mode of application, and whether you need a physical card. Here is an overview of the charges for Form 49A as per these factors:

Physical card is required
Dispatch placePhysical modeDigital mode
Within India₹91₹86
Outside India₹862₹857
Physical card is not required
Dispatch placePhysical modeDigital mode
Email ID mentioned in the application₹61₹56

Disclaimer: The charges are subject to change and exclusive of taxes

Can I apply for a PAN card online free of cost?

No, you will have to pay a fee even if you are applying digitally. 

Can I get a PAN card in 2 days?

Yes, the Income Tax Department introduced an expedited process to get a PAN in 2 days. However, remember to apply carefully and ensure that everything is in order to ensure a seamless process. 

How many days does a PAN card take?

Check the details of the number of days it will take for you to receive your PAN card:

  • Under the expedited process, you can get a PAN card in 48 hours, but it depends on your application and the documents submitted 
  • It can take up to 2 weeks for the department to dispatch your PAN card under regular applications

How many times can we apply for a PAN card?

You can apply only once. The PAN allotted is a unique number. If you lose your card or if there are any errors, you can apply for a duplicate one or for rectification. However, you have to pay a fee for either of these services. In both cases, your number will stay the same.


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