Permanent Account Number (PAN) is a code that acts as identification for Indian nationals, especially those who pay Income Tax. It is a unique, 10-character alpha-numeric identifier, issued to all judicial entities identifiable under the Indian Income Tax Act, 1961. It is issued by the Indian Income Tax Department under the supervision of the Central Board for Direct Taxes (CBDT) and it also serves as an important proof of identification.
The primary purpose of the PAN is to bring a universal identification to all financial transactions and to prevent tax evasion by keeping track of monetary transactions, especially those of high-net-worth individuals who can impact the economy. A PAN card has simplified and streamlined the taxation system for the government, providing sufficient information and bringing about transparency in financial transactions.
The PAN is unique to each individual and is valid for the life time of the holder, throughout India. An important point to note would be that once issued, the PAN is not affected by a change of address. Hence, the emphasis is on PAN Application.
Track your PAN application status
It usually takes around 15 working days for an individual to receive his/her PAN after applying for it. The government, on its part makes it easy for an applicant to track the application status by providing a 15 digit acknowledgment number to each applicant. An applicant can choose between three modes to track his/her PAN application, as mentioned below.
Via SMS –
Applicants can track their application status through their phone, using a specialised SMS service. An individual can do this by sending an SMS to NSDLPAN followed by their 15 digit acknowledgment number to 57575. They will receive an SMS indicating their current application status.
Via Telephone call –
An applicant can call the TIN call center to receive an update on the current application status. One can reach this call center on 020-27218080, and will be required to provide his/her application acknowledgement number.
Via Online tracking –
Applicants can choose to track their application online, through the official website of TIN-NSDL.
Note: An applicant can track his/her PAN application status 3 days after an application has been submitted. Tracking within 3 days might not provide accurate updates.
Check NSDL PAN application status online
Online tracking of a PAN application is perhaps the most popular and fastest modes of tracking, with applicants expected to follow a few simple steps to stay abreast of any changes in their application status.
- An applicant should log on to the official website for PAN, TIN-NSDL and navigate to the PAN section of the website. Once on this page, they have an option to check the status of their application.
- An applicant will then be required to choose the application type (New PAN/updated information) and provide a few details including the 15 digit acknowledgement number, his/her full name and date of birth.
- On successfully providing the necessary information, he/she will be directed to a page which shows the current status of the application.
Note: Online tracking of a PAN application is possible only 24 hours after an application is submitted online.
Check Your UTI PAN Application Status
You must have your application number in order to track your PAN card application status. The application number can be noted from your application form. To track your PAN Card status, you can follow the steps below:
- Access the UTIITSL’s PAN Online Portal.
- Select “Track PAN Card Application Status”.
- Select “Click here to check status online”.
- Enter your Application coupon number.
- Click on submit to find out your application status.
To apply for new PAN Card or/and Changes or Correction in PAN data –
Go to the following link to fill the Application Form online: