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Important things you need to know about the new e PAN card

  • Highlights

  • e-PAN card is a PAN card in an electronic format

  • Only individual tax-payers can apply for an e PAN card

  • You can check your e-PAN status via the portals online

  • Use your e-PAN as an ID proof to apply for a SuperCard

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?

e-PAN card is a PAN card in an electronic format. The IT Department currently issues you an e PAN card online in a in a bid to encourage PAN card registration in the country. However, 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. It is issued by the IT department 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.

Following steps have to be followed to apply for an e-Pan card:

  • Log on 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 as 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 email ID/mobile number you have mentioned in your application. Post allotment, you will receive intimation via email or SMS

  • Use the 15-digit acknowledgement number to check your e PAN status

In a similar manner, you can also, to get an e PAN card, apply 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

The instant e PAN can also be used as an identity proof for credit cards like the Bajaj Finserv RBL Bank SuperCard. The SuperCard is loaded with industry-first features and can be used as a credit card, debit card, loan card and EMI card. Moreover, you get access to a range of credit card deals, from discounts on apparel and food to flight tickets and hotel accommodation. So as you apply for an e PAN card online, check your pre-approved credit card offer from Bajaj Finserv, for instant access to the financial flexibility that these two cards offer!

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