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25 May 2021

PAN stands for Permanent Account Number and consists of a 10-digit code, comprising numbers and alphabets. PAN gives the Income Tax Department a means of identifying taxpayers, as each taxpaying entity is issued a PAN against which all tax-related information is stored. Recently, to ensure faster issuance of PAN cards to an increasing number of applicants, the Income Tax Department rolled out the e-PAN card. The e-PAN card is a digital PAN card that is instantly issued to first-time taxpayers.

Here's more about the e-PAN card and its application process.

What is an e-PAN card?

The e-PAN card is a PAN card in an electronic format. The IT Department currently issues you an e-PAN card online to encourage PAN card registration in the country. However, the allotment of instant e-PAN cards is for first-time taxpayers only, who do not already have a PAN card. The digitally signed e-PAN card has your name, signature, photograph, unique alphanumeric code and a QR code containing biometric and demographic information. The IT department issues it based on your e-KYC.

How to apply for an e-PAN card?

To get an instant e-PAN card, apply for it on the UTI Infrastructure Technology and Service Limited (UTIITSL) website.

The following steps have to be taken to apply for an e-Pan card:

  • Login to the UTIITSL online portal
  • Click on ‘PAN card as an Indian Citizen/NRI’
  • Select ‘Apply for new PAN CARD’ and pick the PAN card mode, that is, both physical and e-PAN or e-PAN only
  • Fill out details per your Aadhaar
  • Tick the acknowledgement box and click on ‘Submit’
  • Upload a scanned copy of your signature as per the following specifications:
  • 200 DPI resolution, JPEG file type, 10KB maximum size, 2cm x 4.5cm dimensions
  • Once the online application process is complete, you will obtain an acknowledgement number on the e-mail ID/mobile number you have mentioned in your application. Post allotment, you will receive intimation via e-mail or SMS
  • Use the 15-digit acknowledgement number to check your e-PAN status

In a similar manner, you can also get an e-PAN card by applying via the official income tax website.

How to check e-PAN card status?

To check your e PAN card status online:

  • Visit the UTIITSL online portal
  • Click on the ‘Track PAN card’ button
  • Enter your 15-digit application number, and other required details
  • Click on ‘Submit’ to know your e-PAN status

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What are the benefits of an e-PAN card?

e-PAN card comes in handy when you are:

  • Filing income tax returns
  • Buying or selling property
  • Investing in mutual funds
  • Registering a business
  • Carrying out other financial transactions

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