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How to Apply for a Duplicate PAN Card: Your Complete Guide

TeamAckoJan 5, 2024

A PAN (Permanent Account Number) Card is one of the most important documents for a citizen to have. Losing your PAN card could be a troubling experience for you to have. Given the fact, for taxpayers in India, it happens to be an essential document. Losing it can hinder your life in a lot of ways and can cause your financial transactions to be both delayed and restricted.

If you've lost yours and are wondering how to get a duplicate PAN card, this guide will walk you through the online and offline methods to apply for a duplicate PAN card. As the process is straightforward, we will break down each step for you to make it easier for you to get it back. Let's delve into the learning process so you can get your PAN Card back in no time.




What Exactly Is A Duplicate PAN card?

In case you had your PAN card stolen, misplaced, lost, or even damaged, the Tax Department can issue an exact duplicate to you. The Tax Department has also simplified the process so that you don't have to go through any more trouble in getting such an important document back.

How to Apply for a Duplicate PAN Card: Online & Offline Methods

You can use either of the two methods available. Most of the requests and applications are sent by the online method, as you can and do it from anywhere, making it more cost-effective and time-saving. The offline method will require you to send it to the NSDL facilitation centre and get your form processed there.

Step-by-Step: How to Get a Duplicate PAN Card Online

Here is a simple rundown of the entire process you will need to follow.

Step 1: Select The Reprint Option 

First, you will need to visit the NSDL website. You can access it by clicking here.  Now you will need to select the application type, which in your case would be the ‘Reprint of PAN card’. 

Step 2: Fill The Information 

In this step, you will be required to fill in all information that is marked as mandatory on the page.

Step 3: A Token Number Will Be Generated 

You filled in an email ID on the previous page. The generated token number will be sent to that provided email ID. Remember to keep a note of this token number, for future reference.

Step 4: Personal Details And Mode Selection 

In this step, you will first be filling in all the necessary personal details on the ‘Personal Details’ page. After this, you will move on to selecting the mode of filing this application. You would be selecting - the ‘Submit digitally through e-KYC & e-sign (Paperless)’ option. 

Important note:

  • Having an AADHAR is mandatory for this option. All the details that are given in your AADHAR are the only permitted details to be used in the application for a duplicate PAN card.

  • You won't need to submit any other document, signature, or upload a photo of yourself at this point. When you submit the final form with this option, e-sign the digital signature (DSC) will be required.

  • Through e-sign, submit all your scanned images. The scanned images will include your photo, signature, and other documents.

  • The form can be authenticated through an OTP

Step 5: Selection of Physical PAN Card, Or e-PAN Card 

In this step, you will get to pick if you need an e-PAN card or a physical PAN card. A physical PAN card will be delivered to the provided address on the other hand for an e-PAN card you will need to provide a valid email ID where it would be sent.

Step 6: Contact and Document Details 

Now in this step, you will need to fill all the necessary contact details under the ‘Contact & other details’ section. After this move on to filling in all the document details mentioned in the ‘Document details’ section. After you are done, proceed with submitting the application.

Step 7: Payment 

In this step, make the payment. The payment page will pop up automatically. Select the mode of payment and complete the payment. After this, you get an acknowledgement form.

Step 8: Tracking The Status 

If you need to track the status of the duplicate PAN, you can click here. You will just need to enter the 15-digit acknowledgment number generated.

Step 9:  Receiving 

The last step is actually receiving the form, sit tight, your process is done and the Income Tax will dispatch your duplicate PAN card within two weeks of receiving the application.

There you have it, in a few simple steps, you can have your duplicate PAN card with you again!


How to Apply for a PAN Card Duplicate Offline?

If you opt to apply for a duplicate PAN card using the offline method, here are the simple steps you need to follow:

Step 1: Download The Application 

The first step is to download the information. Just click here and you will have the form.

Step 2: Use Only Block Letters 

Note: Only use BLOCK letters and black ink to fill this form.

Step 3: Enter PAN Number 

In this step, for reference mention your PAN number.

Step 4: Attach Photos And Sign 

For all the individual applicants, you will need to attach two passport-size photographs with this application. You will need to cross-sign these carefully, your sign should not cover your face.

Step 5: Fill In Details 

Now, you need to fill in all the required information along with signing all the relevant boxes. Make sure to double-check all the information you fill in as incorrect information can lead to delay or cancellation of the application.

Step 6: Sending The Application 

Before sending the application with payment, you will need to attach these documents:

  • Proof of address 

  • Proof of PAN

  • Proof of identity 

After attaching all of the documents you can send them to the NSDL facilitation centre. After the payment is completed you will receive a printed copy of the acknowledgment form which will have a 15-digit number. After this, the facilitation centre will forward your application to the Income-Tax Pan services for the application to be processed.

Step 7: Tracking your application

To check the status of your application for a duplicate PAN card just click here and enter the 15-digit number in your acknowledgment form.

Step 8: Receive Your Duplicate PAN Card 

The last step is just getting your duplicate PAN card. The card is dispatched within two weeks of receiving your application.

There you have it - simple steps you need to follow to get a duplicate PAN card.

Who Is Eligible For A Duplicate PAN Card?

The taxpayers in India are divided into different categories such as individuals/HUFs/ Companies. Only individuals are eligible to file their own application.  For all the other kinds, an authorised signatory can only file the application. 

Here is a list of who is the authorised signatories for each category:

  • Individual-Self 

  • Company-Any director(s) of the company 

  • HUF-Karta of the HUF

  • Firm/ Limited Liability Partnership(LLP)- Any Partner(s)  of the firm/LLP

  • AOP(s)/Body of Individuals/Association of Person(s)/Local Authority/ Artificial Juridical Person-Authorised signatory as mentioned in the incorporations deed of the several taxpayers

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Below are some of the frequently asked questions on Duplicate PAN Card


What should I do if my PAN card is lost or stolen?

If your PAN card is stolen, there is no need to worry. You can easily apply for a duplicate PAN card using online or offline methods.

Should I file an FIR for a stolen PAN card?

Yes, you should file an FIR in case of theft. You will need to attach a copy of the same in your duplicate PAN card application.

How can I track the status of my duplicate PAN card application?

You can click on this link and enter the 15-digit number on your acknowledgement form and you can know the status of your form.

Disclaimer: The content on this page is generic and shared only for informational and explanatory purposes. It is based on several secondary sources on the internet, and is subject to changes.


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