e PAN Card : The Complete Guide

The Income Tax Department (ITD) has launched an Aadhaar based e PAN card allotment service. The PAN is unique to an individual or entity and is valid everywhere across India.

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What is e PAN Card?

It is a digitally signed card issued by the Income Tax Department (ITD) in an electronic format using Aadhaar e-KYC. Furthermore, it eases the application filing process for the PAN card.

It is interchangeable with the physical PAN card & will have the same number. It is required to file Income Tax Returns (ITR) and all related transactions with the ITD. Anyone with valid Aadhaar allotted by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) can apply for the e PAN.

Additionally, the CBDT (Central Board of Direct Taxes) stated that the PAN card should is acceptable everywhere as valid government proof.

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Check PAN (Permanent Account Number) details online using PAN, Name, Date of Birth and Status of the PAN holder.
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Eligibility for e PAN card

  1. An individual must be an Indian resident.
  2. The applicant must be an individual and not a company or a member of the HUF.
  3. The individual must-have an Aadhaar Card.
  4. The applicant must have a valid mobile number linked to their Aadhaar card.
  5. The details on the Aadhaar card of the applicant must be verified.
  6. The applicant shouldn’t already have a PAN card.

Therefore, it is available for existing PAN cardholders if they have applied for a reprint of changes which is confirmed by the Income Tax Department within 30 days of the submission of the application.

e PAN Card Application Process

The application can be made through two portals:

  • the NSDL website or,
  • the UTIITSL portal

Furthermore, it is available for free of cost to:

  • new applicants
  • who have applied for any changes/corrections in their PAN details within a month of it being issued

Applicants can download e PAN card through the NSDL portal if they applied for it from the same portal in the past. Applicants can also apply via the UTI portal by first applying for a PAN reprint before they submit an application to download the e-PAN.

e PAN Card on UTI Portal

The download facility on this website is available for users who have:

  1. Applied for fresh PAN or applied for the latest change/correction update with UTIITSL
  2. Earlier registered a valid and active mobile number or e-mail ID with their PAN record with the Income Tax Department

e PAN Card on NSDL Portal

It can be downloaded by the applicants for free of cost if the Income Tax Department has confirmed changes in the PAN card or it has been allotted within 30 days. This facility is available for PAN Holders who have processed their application via the NSDL portal can avail of this feature.

Documents Required for Application

  1. Identity Proof (Eg: Voter ID or Aadhaar Card)
  2. Address Proof (Eg: Electricity bill or Passport)
  3. Proof of Age (Eg: Driving License or Passport)

e PAN Card Status

It takes around 15-20 working days for the card to be issued after filing an application. The status can be tracked using the 15 digit acknowledgment number.

An applicant can visit the NSDL or UTI portal to track their PAN card status. Furthermore, one can also track the status for correction or updating of the PAN card.

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Enter the acknowledgment number received after the successful application of your PAN application & fees payment to track your PAN card status.
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Download e-PAN instantly from the eFiling Portal

  1. Visit the eFiling Portal

    Go to the tax efiling portal and scroll down and click on Instant e-PAN.

  2. New e-PAN

    On the e-PAN page, click Get New e-PAN.

  3. Enter Aadhaar Number

    On the Get New e-PAN page, enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number, select the I confirm that checkbox and click Continue.
     

  4. OTP Validation

    On the OTP validation page, click I have read the consent terms and agree to proceed further. Click Continue. Next, enter the OTP you receive and click on next.

  5. Aadhaar e-KYC

    On the Validate Aadhaar Details page, select the I Accept that checkbox and click Continue.

  6. Successful Submission

    On successful submission, a success message is displayed along with an Acknowledgement Number. Please keep a note of the Acknowledgement ID for future reference. You will also receive a confirmation message on your mobile number linked with Aadhaar.

Prerequisites

  • Individual who has not been allotted a PAN
  • Valid Aadhaar and mobile number linked to Aadhaar
  • User not a minor as on date of request; and
  • User not covered under the definition of Representative Assessee u/s 160 of the Income Tax Act.

FAQs

What is the difference between PAN card and electronice PAN card?

e-PAN is an electronic form of PAN card. this facility is recently launched and provided by the Income Tax Department of India. It is of electronic form not in physical form. However, it is as same as and will be admissible as actual PAN card.

Are there any charges / fee for e-PAN?

No. It is completely free of cost.

What documents do I require for new e-PAN?

You only require a valid Aadhaar with updated KYC details and a valid mobile number linked with your Aadhaar.

I am not able to update my Date of Birth in my e-PAN. What should I do?

If only year of birth is available in your Aadhaar, you will have to update the date of birth in your Aadhaar and try again.

Got Questions? Ask Away!

  1. Hey @Joe_Fernandes ,

    It is necessary to have registered both, the mobile number and the e-Mail address which can be done via change/correction PAN request application. Additionally, this facility is only available to users who have processed their latest application for a fresh PAN or for any change/correction in the PAN from the UTIITSL portal. You can download the e-PAN once the application process is complete.