As a citizen of India, you’re required to get a PAN card, which is an identification card with a permanent account number. Once you have your PAN, you might need to look up your number or check your PAN card status online.
Why You Need a PAN Card
The government of India uses personal account numbers to electronically monitor and manage all tax-related information and activity conducted by individuals and companies. Your PAN card is the storage vehicle for all tax-related information connected to you, and this data shares seamlessly throughout the entire country. Your PAN card number is unique, and it remains yours for your entire lifetime.
PAN Card Types and Eligibility
Individual citizens, non-resident Indians and companies are all eligible for PAN cards. Basically, anyone who pays taxes in the country of India can get one. The PAN card has a 10-digit alpha-numeric code that’s required for most financial transactions, and it also serves as a proof of identity.
To get a PAN, you simply need to provide proof of address and proof of identity. You can use a passport, driver’s license, certificate of registration for a business, a bank statement or a copy of a trust deed for a trust.
Check PAN Card Status Online
The government of India makes it possible to check PAN card status online. You’ll need your application coupon number or your 10-character PAN number to enter into the search tool. You will also need to provide your date of birth for an individual or the date or incorporation for a business. If you’re inquiring for an association of people, for a partnership or for a trust deed, you’ll need to give the date of the agreement. Enter the captcha you see on the form to validate it and click “submit.”
Print PAN Card by PAN Number
You can get a physical PAN card in a couple of ways if you wish. You can have a print PAN card sent to you at your mailing address on file. You can also request to have a PDF of the PAN card emailed to you, which you can then print out. Both of these options will incur a fee. If you don’t need a physical PAN card, the fee is less.
PAN Card Inquiry by Name
India also makes it possible to submit a PAN card inquiry by name. The form involves selecting your application type, entering your acknowledgement number, and entering your first, middle and last names in the open fields. You also need to enter your date of birth into the form before submitting.