Permanent Account Number or PAN is mandatory for all transactions with the Income Tax Department. It is mandatory to quote PAN on return of income and therefore having a PAN card is compulsory for all assesses or taxpayers.
For Indian citizen who wants to apply for a new PAN Card have to submit Form 49A. To apply for PAN online click here. Changes or correction in the existing PAN card can also be made. To apply for changes/ correction click here.
After filling the form online the applicant has to pay the processing fee. The processing fee including the service tax is Rs.105 for dispatching in India and Rs.971 for dispatching abroad.
After a successful online submission an acknowledgement will be sent to the applicant. The applicant has to sign the acknowledgement, affix two recent passport size photograph and send to NSDL office at Pune along with copies of documents for proof of identity, proof of address and proof of date of birth.
Proof of Identity
A copy of any of documents like adhaar card, voter id card, driving license, passport, ration card having applicant's photograph, arm's license, photo identity card issued by state govt. or PSU, pension card with applicant's photograph has to be submitted as a proof of identity.
Other than that original identity certificate signed by MLA / Municipal Councilor/ Gazetted officer or original bank certificate on bank's letter head can also be submitted as identity proof.
Proof of Address
For address proof the documents that are accepted include aadhar card, voter id card, driving license, passport, passport of the spouse, post-office passbook with address mentioned, latest property tax assessment order.
Bills like electricity bill, landline telephone bill, Broadband connection bill, water bill, consumer gas connection bill, bank account statement, depository account statement, credit card statement can be submitted. But the bills should not be more than three months old.
Proof of Date of Birth
For proof of date of birth copy of any one of the document like birth certificate, pension payment order, marriage certificate, matriculation certificate, passport, driving license, domicile certificate issued by the Govt., Affidavit stating the date of birth sworn before a magistrate.
Before sending the documents to NSDL, applicants must check that the acknowledgement has been duly signed, photographs has been attached and processing fee has been paid. Also, copies of documents must be sent to NSDL for verification.