Pan Card Application Instructions

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Pan Card Application Instructions
Use stamp ink to create a thumbprint on your application. (Keith Brofsky/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

The Indian government requires those who wish to conduct financial transactions to apply for a Permanent Account Number, also known as a PAN card. This card displays your name, photo, thumb print and number and is sometimes compared to the American need for a Social Security card. If you wish to obtain a new card, you can apply online by filling out the required form 49a and paying the registration fee.

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Things you need

  • 3.5cm by 2.5cm colour photo
  • Stamp ink

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  1. 1

    Visit the online application website (see the Resources section). Scroll to the place on the page that reads "Apply for a New Pan Card" and click on the drop-down menu that reads "Category of Applicant." Select the appropriate category and click "Select."

  2. 2

    Enter the appropriate information into Form 49A. Enter your area code, AO type, AO number, ward, range and commissioner. Enter your full name in the "Full Name" box and fill out the rest of the form. Click on the circle next to "Credit Card" to pay the fee by credit card or next to "Net Banking" to pay with your bank account. Click on the "Submit" button.

  3. 3

    View the confirmation screen and press the "Confirm" button. Make a note of the 15-digit acknowledgement number.

  4. 4

    Print the acknowledgement by right-clicking on the page and scrolling to "Print." Attach a 3.5cm by 2.5cm colour photograph in the space provided for a photo. Sign the "Signature" line and provide a left thumb impression in the provided area. Have a notary, gazetted officer or magistrate seal, stamp and mail the acknowledgement.

  5. 5

    Enter your credit card or bank information at the payment screen.

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