Your comprehensive guide to PAN card replacement
A Permanent Account Number (PAN) card is an important document issued by the Income Tax Department in India. It serves as a unique 10-digit identification for each taxpayer. Having an accurate PAN card is crucial for filing taxes, opening bank accounts, buying high-value assets, and more.
Sometimes, you may need to apply for a replacement PAN card due to loss, theft, damage, or discrepancies in personal details printed on the card. The process of obtaining a duplicate PAN card or updating details is simple if you follow the right steps. This article provides a step-by-step guide to help you through PAN card replacement smoothly.
Why replace your PAN card?
There are several scenarios where applying for a duplicate or updated PAN card becomes necessary:
Lost PAN card: If you have misplaced your PAN card, you can apply for a reprint by furnishing a copy of the FIR or lost document declaration.
Stolen PAN card: In case your PAN card is stolen, you will need to file a police complaint and submit a copy of the FIR when applying for a duplicate.
Damaged PAN card: A damaged or mutilated PAN card necessitates replacement with a fresh PAN card bearing the same details.
Name change: Changes in name due to marriage or any other reason require PAN details to be updated with the new name.
Other details change: Discrepancies in date of birth, parents' names, or address call for correction and reprint of the PAN card.
How to apply for a duplicate PAN card
Follow these steps to easily apply for a duplicate PAN card with updated details:
Obtain the application form:
Online application: Visit the TIN-NSDL website and download the application form for 'Changes or correction in existing PAN data'.
Offline application: Get a physical copy of 'Form 49A' from designated offices.
Fill in and submit the application:
Provide details like name, date of birth, mobile number, e-mail ID, and address.
List the document proof submitted such as Aadhaar, passport, driving licence, etc.
Choose the relevant reason – lost, stolen, or damaged PAN etc.
Select the appropriate category – individual, company, firm, etc. based on applicant type.
Pay the nominal application fee online or through a demand draft.
Additional charges apply for expedited delivery of the PAN card.
Track application status:
After submission, track the status of your PAN application online using the acknowledgement number.
Average processing time is 15-20 days, subject to proper documentation.
Re-issuing of lost/ damaged PAN card
Losing your PAN card or having a damaged card can cause massive inconvenience. Here are the steps to be followed for re-issue:
Report loss/ damage:
File an FIR at the nearest police station in case your card is lost or stolen.
Obtain a copy of the FIR or submit a self-declared loss document.
Fill the application form:
Provide details of the lost/ damaged PAN card along with a reprint reason.
Attach a copy of the FIR/ loss declaration and identity/address documents.
Pay the fees to process the PAN card reprint application.
Opt for a fast-track reprint request for quicker issuance.
PAN card correction/ update
Incorrect details on your PAN card correction form can hamper its utility for official purposes. Follow these steps for correction:
Visit the TIN-NSDL website.
Go to the TIN-NSDL website and register yourself if you are a new user.
Existing users can simply log in to access the PAN details correction facility.
Submit relevant documents.
Submit supporting documents as proof for changes required in PAN data.
This can include marriage certificates, degree certificates, etc.
Make changes in PAN details.
Go to the "Changes or Correction in Existing PAN Data" tab.
Edit your PAN details as required and submit the update request.
Obtaining a duplicate or updated PAN card is now simple, quick, and convenient through online facilities. By following the appropriate steps and submitting the right documents, you can have a new PAN card delivered to you within a few weeks. Maintaining an accurate PAN card is essential to seamlessly carry out important financial transactions.
Disclaimer: This article is published in association with Bajaj Finserv and not created by TNM Editorial.