Guidelines/FAQ for Allotment of Instant PAN Through Aadhaar Based e-KYC

Guidelines/FAQ for Allotment of Instant PAN Through Aadhaar Based e-KYC 

1. General scheme of Instant PAN allotment

This facility is for allotment of Instant PAN (on near-real time basis) for those applicants who possess a valid Aadhaar number. PAN is issued in PDF format to applicants, which is free of cost.

The applicant is required to type in her/his valid Aadhaar number and submit the OTP generated on the registered mobile number. Once the process is complete, a 15-digit acknowledgment number is generated. Once request is submitted, the applicant can check the status of the request at any time by providing her/his valid Aadhaar number and on successful allotment can download the PAN. The applicant will also receive a copy of the PAN in the e-mail id registered with the Aadhaar database.

2. The salient points of this facility are:

  • The applicant should have a valid Aadhaar which is not linked to any other PAN.
  • The applicant should have his mobile number registered with Aadhaar.
  • This is a paper-less process and applicants are not required to submit or upload any documents.
  • The applicant should not have another PAN. Possession of more than one PAN will result in penalty under section 272B(1) of Income-tax Act.

3. How to apply for instant PAN

  • To apply for PAN, please visit the e-Filing website of Income-tax department. (Url: www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in)
  • Click the link- ‘Instant PAN through Aadhaar’.
  • Click the link- ‘Get New PAN’.
  • Fill in your Aadhaar in the space provided, enter captcha and confirm.
  • The applicant will receive an OTP on the registered Aadhaar mobile number; submit this OTP in the text box on the webpage.
  • After submission, an acknowledgement number will be generated. Please keep this acknowledgment number for future reference.
  • On successful completion, a message will be sent to the applicant’s registered mobile number and e-mail id (if registered in UIDAI & authenticated by OTP). This message specifies the acknowledgement number.

4. How to download PAN

  • To download PAN, please go to the e-Filing website of Income-tax department. (Url: www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in)
  • Click the link- ‘Instant PAN through Aadhaar’.
  • Click the link- ‘Check Status of PAN’.
  • Submit the Aadhaar number in the space provided, then submit the OTP sent to the Aadhaar registered mobile number.
  • Check the status of application- whether PAN is allotted or not.
  • If PAN is allotted, click on the download link to get a copy of the e-PAN pdf.

5. PAN and validity of PAN

1. Electronically issued and Digitally signed ePAN is now a valid mode of issue of Permanent Account Number (PAN) post amendments in clause (c) in the Explanation occurring after sub- section (8) of Section 139A of Income Tax Act, 1961 and sub-rule (6) of Rule 114 of the Income Tax Rules, 1962.

2. Government has recently amended sub-rule (6) of Rule 114 of the Income Tax Rules, 1962, vide G.S.R 1128(E), dated 19/11/2018 for empowering the Pr. DGIT(S) to notify formats and standards alongwith procedure of issue of PAN.

3. Consequent to notification dated 19/11/2018, Pr. DGIT(S) has notified procedure, formats and standards of issue of Permanent Account Number (PAN) vide Directorate of Income-tax (Systems) notification 7/2018 dated 27.12.2018. Consequent to this notification, electronically issued digitally signed e-PAN now is a valid mode of issue of PAN.

4. e-PAN also contains enhanced QR code having demographic (Name, DOB, Father’s Name) as well as biometric (scanned photo and signatures) information of the PAN holders which can be accessed and used for PAN verification purposes in off-line mode. Information of enhanced QR code is accessible to user agencies through freely available Android version of ‘PAN QR Code Reader’ on Google’s ‘Play store’ which can be downloaded in any mobile phone running on Android operating system.

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