PAN or Permanent Account Number is a unique 10-character alphanumeric code assigned to every taxpayer in India. The number is assigned by the Income Tax Department that keeps a track of all big-ticket financial transactions carried out in your name. PAN is also mandatory for all employees who work in the private sector. The government has made it mandatory to furnish PAN for a number of financial transactions such as buying a property, mutual fund investments, opening a new bank account, etc.
It has also become mandatory to link PAN with Aadhaar. The step was taken by the government and the deadline for this linking has been extended to March 31st 2019. Owing to the importance of this document, it is imperative that a person keeps his PAN handy to carry out transactions on time. There may be cases when you may have to furnish your original PAN for verification. In such cases, if you do not have the original document, you may have to get one reissued by NSDL.
NSDL has recently launched the all-online process to avail all facilities related to PAN card. The TIN-NSDL website now allows users to apply for a new PAN or reprint an existing PAN card online if a person has lost PAN card. As per the all-online process, users can now verify the details and authenticate using the Aadhaar-based OTP service. This process not only saves time but also saves hassles of sending the hardcopy of the application form and documents to NSDL’s office.
How to Apply for a Duplicate PAN Card Online
The all-online process for issuing a duplicatePAN is a very simple and quick process. You can apply for it from the comforts of your home and receive it there itself in as less as seven working days. You do not have to send any document or pay any additional fee to a broker to get a duplicate PAN card issued. Here’s how you can apply for a duplicate PAN card through the all-online process:
- Visit the TIN-NSDL website to apply for the reprint of your PAN
- Click on the Apply option under Reprint PAN card section
- In the form 49-A, select the “Changes or Correction in existing PAN Date/Reprint of PAN Card” option
- Select the category for which the PAN has been issued (individual, company, trust, partnership firm, etc.)
- Fill all the details required in the form
- In the next part of the form, select “Aadhaar based e-Sign” or “Digital Signature Certificate”
- When you select any of the above-mentioned options, you will have to authenticate using the Aadhaar-OTP
- An OTP will be sent to your mobile number registered with Aadhaar
- Enter the OTP to proceed with the application
- Now submit the scanned copy of your PAN, photograph and signature.
- Your details such as name, gender, date of birth, etc. will be automatically fed in the application form as mentioned in your Aadhaar
- Now make the payment of ? 110 through an online transaction method
- Your application will be submitted successfully at the TIN-NSDL portal
- An acknowledgement number is generated against your application
- You can use this application to track the status of your application
How to Track the Status of the PAN Card Online
You can track the status of the application for duplicate PAN card by following these simple steps:
- Visit the Application Tracking section on the TIN-NSDL website
- Select the Application Type
- Enter the Acknowledgement number generated after the successful submission of your PAN reprint application
- Click on the Submit button
- The portal displays the status of the duplicate PAN application.
Points to remember before applying for a duplicate PAN online
You have to keep a few things in mind before you apply for the reprint of your PAN online. Some of these very integral points are as follows:
- Your PAN should be linked with Aadhaar before you start the process of reprinting the duplicate PAN. If your PAN is not linked with Aadhaar, you will not be able to avail the online authentication facility using the Aadhaar-OTP
- In order to verify details using the Aadhaar-OTP method, your mobile number should be registered in UIDAI’s database. You can link your mobile number with Aadhaarif you have not done it already as the OTP is sent only to the number registered in UIDAI’s database.
- When the application is filled online, the duplicate PAN will be sent to the address mentioned on the Aadhaar card irrespective of the address you have provided at the time of filling the PAN application form.
- You have to make the payment online in the all-online process. The payment method includes internet banking, debit/credit cards, billdesk payment, etc. Payment through the demand draft is not allowed in this method.
- Details mentioned in your Aadhaar should match exactly with that in your PAN card. If there is any error or if the data does not match, the application will not be processed. In that case, you will have to get the details corrected first or opt the option to send documents to the authority for verification
- You can also download the PAN card in your DigiLocker app in your smartphone without paying any fee. The required documents can be shared online with any agency whenever required. The Income Tax Department issues the document for the DigiLocker app. Thus it cannot be forged making the document authentic.
Benefits of the all-online process
The all-online process has made reprinting of the PAN card a lot easier. Applicants get a number of benefits through the new process:
- The process is completely online. Thus you do not have to send the hardcopy of documents to NSDL’s address after submitting the form online.
- It also saves a lot of time as the PAN card reaches to you in as less as 7 working days. However, it may take up to 45 days for the PAN to reach to the mentioned address.
- Documentation and paperwork has been eliminated completely as Aadhaar-based verification allows you to authenticate directly and feed Aadhaar details in the form automatically.
- PAN card is sent to the address mentioned in your Aadhaar card. This is beneficial for those who have updated their current address in Aadhaar.
- You can also track the status of your application online using the Acknowledgement number provided to you on successful submission of the form.