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How to Apply for a Duplicate PAN card?

  • Highlights

  • Having multiple PAN cards is illegal and punishable

  • Avoid multiple PAN cards with duplicate PAN card

  • Apply online for reprint/duplicate PAN card

  • Use e-PAN until PAN card arrives

Having a PAN card is a basic requirement whether as an adult working or residing in India. In some cases, you may lose your PAN card or find that it is damaged or stolen. In such situations it is crucial that you get a duplicate PAN card with the same PAN as soon as possible.

It is important to note that applying for a fresh PAN card will be considered as holding multiple PAN cards and is illegal and punishable as per Section 272B of the IT Act of 1961. The fine for this offence can go up to Rs.10,000 and you may be even tried as per income tax laws if your motives are found to be questionable. So,

Procedure to reprint your PAN card

It is essential to remember that reprinting your PAN card is the same as applying for a duplicate PAN card. Besides, making a request online is the easiest way to complete this process. Here’s how you can do so.

  • First visit the official TIN-NSDL website and access the application form or simply click here.

  • Under application type, select the last option, titled ‘Changes or correction in existing PAN data/ Reprint of PAN card (No changes in existing PAN data)’.

  • If you are an individual, select this option under the ‘Category’ drop-down menu. If not, select the appropriate category.

  • Select your title as per your marital status. Enter your surname, first name and middle name. Then enter your date of birth if you are an individual. If you are a company, enter your date of incorporation.

  • Fill in details of your email ID, mobile number and PAN and confirm if you are a citizen of India.

  • Click ‘Submit’ to move on to the next part of this process.

  • Submit the necessary documents including proof of the existing PAN card.

  • You will then need to make a payment for the reprint of your PAN card which will include delivery charges. The price is Rs.110 if you reside in India, and Rs.1,020 if you reside outside India.

  • Upon making a payment, you will be given a 15-digit acknowledgment number which you must save.

  • Just like a new PAN card, a duplicate PAN card also takes around 2 weeks to reach you. In the meanwhile, you can track your PAN card status online.

How to avail an e-PAN card

While you wait for your duplicate PAN card to arrive, you can use the e-PAN card as identity proof. This is your UTI PAN card in a PDF format and can be downloaded on to your phone or computer. This is sent to your email ID when you first apply for a PAN card. As the PAN card takes a while to be delivered to your address, in the interim, you receive an email with your allotted PAN and your e-PAN card. You can also use the Government of India’s DigiLocker app if you have your PAN card stored there.

Before you follow these steps, remember to file a report with the police in case of a stolen or missing PAN card, as it contains personal information that could be misused.

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