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Find PAN Card Number

The income-tax department has instituted a procedure for issue of a duplicate PAN card, which is known as the ‘Know Your PAN’ facility. In this article, we discuss the procedure to find a PAN card number and apply for a duplicate PAN card in case the existing PAN card is lost or stolen.

What is a PAN Card?

A PAN card is a document which should be possessed by all taxpayers in India. The document comprises a ten-digit alphanumeric number, which is allotted by the Income-tax Department on a unique basis for every assessee. It serves as a valid proof of identity and is considered essential for making most monetary transactions. An application for a duplicate PAN cannot be processed without the specification of the particular PAN number. However, the applicant need not be hassled with the task of memorizing the PAN number, thanks to the facility of Know Your PAN. The Know Your PAN system enables the PAN holder to retrieve the PAN card number by providing details such as name, date of birth or phone number.

How to Find PAN Number?

An applicant can find the assessee’s PAN number by following the procedures mentioned below:

Step 1: Official Website

Visit the official website of the Income Tax Department.

Step 2: Register

Select the option “Register Yourself,” which can be found on the home page of the website.

Step 3: User Type

Choose the appropriate “User Type” from the options provided. The options include “Individuals, Hindu Undivided Family (HUF), Association of Persons (AOP), Body of Individuals (BOI), Company, Government, Artificial Judicial Person (AOP), Local Authority, Firm or Trust.

Step 4: Specification of Details

The details demanded in the form must be filled in and submitted. The details to be specified are:

  • The first name, middle name and surname of the respective PAN holder (as per PAN application).
  • Gender (optional).
  • Date of Birth of the PAN holder.
  • Active mobile number of the applicant (for OTP validation).

Step 5: Activation Link

The user will receive an activation link on the registered mail ID, clicking on which will effectively activate the account.

Step 6: Login

As the registration is now completed, the user may log in to the account.

Step 7: My Account

Choose the “My Account” option from the profile settings drop-down menu.

The details of the PAN will be displayed on the screen, which includes:

  • The name of the taxpayer
  • PAN Number issued by the Income Tax Department
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Status
  • Address of the taxpayer (which can also be viewed in separate tabs)

The facility mentioned above can also be utilized to track the status of an assessee’s PAN application.

Applicability – Duplicate PAN Card

The following circumstances warrant an application for a duplicate PAN:


PAN Card Theft

Applicants who have lost their PAN card due to reasons of theft must file an FIR with the nearest police station. A copy of the same must be sent to the income tax department along with the documents and duplicate PAN application form.

Authorized Signatory

Taxpayers, with the exception of individuals, are required to have an authorized signatory to file the application of a duplicate PAN Card. The authorized signatory for this purpose varies based on the different classes of taxpayers. Given below is a list of designated signatories for taxpayers of all kinds:

Class of Taxpayer Authorized Signatory
Individual Self
HUF Karta
Company Any of its Directors
Firm/LLP Any partners of the firm/LLP
AOP(s)/BOI(s)/Local Authority/Artificial Judicial Person As specified in the incorporation deed of the taxpayers

Documents Required for Duplicate PAN Application

The documents required for this purpose has been enlisted below. Apart from the essential document of the proof of identity, the applicant may submit either or any the combination of the documents mentioned below:

  • Proof of identity, which includes the photo, date of birth, signature and father’s name of the applicant (mandatory).
  • Proof of age.
  • Proof of address.
  • Copy of the Aadhar Card.
  • Copy of the Voter ID.
  • Copy of the Driving License.
  • Copy of the Passport.
  • Copy of the Ration Card bearing the photograph of the applicant.
  • Copy of the Arm’s License.
  • Copy of any other valid identity proof issued by the Central Government or any of the State Governments.
  • Copy of the Pensioner Card.
  • Copy of the Health Service Scheme Card.

For Foreign Nationals/Person of Indian Origin (PIO)/Overseas Citizens of India (OCI)

The following documents must be produced by foreign nationals, PIO’s or OCI’s if they fall under the radar of the Indian tax laws:

  • Copy of the passport.
  • Copy of the PIO Card.
  • Copy of the OCI Card.
  • Copy of the Nationality Certificate/Proof of Citizenship – to be attested by the “Apostille” (for foreign nationals).

For Non-Individual Entities/HUF

  • Certificate of Incorporation.
  • Trust Deed (with details of the date of formation).
  • Partnership Deed (for Partnership firms).
  • LLP Agreement.
  • Letter of HUF – duly signed by all its coparceners.
  • Proof of Identity.

Application Procedure – Online

The digital platform of the Income Tax Department (TIN-NSDL) has facilitated an easier and cost-efficient application process. A step-by-step elucidation of the process has been provided below:

Step 1: The Official Website

The applicant may initiate the application process by visiting the TIN NSDL website of the Income Tax Department, which caters to this purpose.

Step 2: Apply for PAN  

On the home page, the option “Apply for PAN Online” shall be selected. This option can be found among the various service options enlisted in the page.

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Step 3: Reprint of PAN Card

The following page displays a list of application options along with the essential instructions for the applicant to choose from. With respect to this provision, the applicant may select the “Reprint of PAN Card” option.

Reprint of PAN Card

Step 4: Specification of Mandatory Details

The essential details must be entered and submitted.

Mandatory Information

Step 5: Generation of Token Number

The applicant will receive a token number in the e-mail ID which was provided on the previous page. This can be used for future references.

Token Number for PAN Application
Token Number for PAN Application

Step 6: Personal Details

The next step in the line involves the filling of the ‘Personal Details’ page, after which the user will be prompted to choose the desired mode of submission of PAN application form. The options here include:

  • Forward application documents physically – in which case the copies of documents and the acknowledgement generated after payment is sent by registered post to the PAN services unit of NSDL.
  • Submit digitally through e-KYC and e-sign – a paperless mode of submission which takes away the need of uploading photos, signature and any other documents (Aadhar is mandatory).
  • Submission of Scanned Images through e-sign – the user will be required to upload scanned images of photograph, signature and other documents (Aadhar is mandatory).
Mode of PAN Submission
Mode of PAN Submission

Step 7: Physical or Digital

The user will now require to choose whether he/she needs a physical PAN Card or an e-PAN Card. If the latter is chosen, the document will be addressed to the registered mail address of the applicant.

Step 8: Contact and Other Details

The final set of details to be filled-in include the “Contact & other details,” followed by “Document Details.” The form can now be submitted.

Final Submission
Final Submission

Step 9: Payment

The applicant will be directed to the payment page. Upon making the payment, the applicant will receive an acknowledgement number which can be used for checking the status of an application or other purposes.

This concludes the digital application procedure. The applicant will receive the document within two weeks of the receipt of the application by the department.

Points to Remember – Offline Application

The Income-tax Department has also facilitated an offline procedure for this purpose. Applicants who opted for this method are advised to remember the following while making an offline application:

  • The application for this purpose can be obtained by visiting the respective TIN-Facilitation Centers, IT PAN Service Centers, PAN Centers or stationery vendors. The same can also be downloaded from the website of the Income-tax Department.
  • The application form must be filled in capital letters by using a black-ink pen.
  • Not more than one character must be filled in each box; a blank box must be left after each word.
  • Individual applicants are required to affix two recent coloured photographs in the space provided on the top of the form.
  • A left-hand thumb impression or signature of the applicant must be placed across the photo on the left-hand side of the form.
  • Also, a full signature or left-hand thumb impressions must be placed in the box provided on the right-hand side of the application form.
  • Thumb impressions must be duly attested by any Magistrate, public notary or any gazetted government officer under his/her official seal and stamp.
  • The processing fee for PAN application for Indian residents is Rs. 110, whereas non-resident individuals are required to remit a fee of Rs. 1020. The same must be presented in the form of cash, cheque or DD at the counter during the submission of the application form.
  • While sending the acknowledgement of PAN application through a registered post, the applicant is required to mention the following on the top of the envelope – “Acknowledgment Mo. – (*********_ – Application for Reprint of PAN/Application for Charges/Correction in PAN Data).