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How to Update or Correct PAN Card Details (PAN Card Correction Online)

Updated on: 16 Jan, 2024 05:49 PM

PAN card holders find PAN Card Correction a confusing process. Eventually, they are not aware of how to update PAN Card online using the Form 49a correction. Just follow this guide to learn everything a person needs to know before applying for a PAN or seeking to request any pan card correction online to the existing one.

Steps to apply for a PAN

Application for a PAN card can be made online or offline. There are two government-authorized websites through which PAN can be applied online, and they are:

NSDL website and
The UTIITSL website

The government has vested these two organizations with the authority to issue PAN cards and accept applications for changes or issuance of duplicate PAN cards.

The application forms available on these websites are simple and clearly specify all the instructions. You need to fill out the form and submit it along with the processing fee and the documents required. If not online, you also have the option to send the documents via registered postal services to any service unit of NSDL or UTIITSL.

Indians are required to fill out Form 49A to apply for a PAN card, and non-resident Indians and foreigners have to fill out Form 49AA to request a PAN card.

Step-by-step process to apply for PAN via online means is mentioned below

  • Step#1 Visit the NSDL website and click on the mentioned link to access the PAN application form: Once you have opened the link, a window similar to the image should appear. Visit the NSDL website
  • Step#2 Before you start filing the form, it is advisable to go through the instruction manual to avoid any kind of incompetencies. The instruction manual can be accessed by this link:
  • Step#3 From under the ‘application type’, select the form which is applicable to you (form 49A for resident Indians and form 49AA for non-residents), and from under the ‘category’ option, choose what applies for you.
  • Step#4 After a thorough read, you can start filing the form.
  • Step#5 Once you are done filing the form, click on ‘submit’. The screen will display a token number which will be emailed to you. But it is advised that you copy that token number. filing the form
  • Step#6 Once the token number is generated, you will be redirected to another screen where you will be asked to select a mode through which you would want to proceed further with the application.

Select amongst the three available options to

  • (i) Submit digitally via e-KYC and e-Sign No documents, or signatures, or any other data is required to be updated, or manually sent to NSDL in this mode. The data as per Adhaar will be automatically fetched, and you will receive the e-PAN by mail on the very same day.
  • (ii) Submit scanned images and e-Sign Under this option, documents and signatures are updated in scanned copies online.
  • (iii) Submit documents physically The documents for serving proof of Identity, residence, and birth are sent manually to the postal address of NSDL. Submit documents physically
  • Choose your preferred option and proceed by filing all the required details.
  • The portal will ask you to make a payment for your PAN application. The charges vary depending on whether you require a physical copy of your PAN card or not. PAN application
  • If a Physical copy is required, the fee structure will again depend upon two factors, namely, whether a PAN card has to be sent to an Indian address or a Foreign address. Indian address or a Foreign address
  • If a physical copy is not required for the PAN card, the charges will differ. If a physical copy is not required for the PAN card
    Also, a point to be noted here is that if the physical copy is not requested, then furnishing the correct mail id is really important as the e- PAN would be sent on such mail ID.
  • Next, you are required to select the applicable Assessing officer Range as per Income Tax. you are required to select the applicable Assessing
  • After this, you would be taken to the document details page where you fill in the requisite information like the place, etc., and click on submit to continue. In case you have furnished aadhaar details, no documents are either required to be attached in the form of scanned copies or sent manually. Aadhaar would be accepted as the one and only documentary proof. you would be taken to the document details
  • After this, the portal will offer you several payment options. You can choose your payment mode from a credit/debit card, net banking, and demand draft. Once you have made the payment, an acknowledgment receipt will be generated. You are advised to note down this acknowledgment number for future reference.

Steps to update/make any PAN card correction

This facility is to be used when you want to make certain changes in your existing PAN card. It can be a name change or a residence change etc. The process to update your PAN is almost similar to the process you must have gone through while applying for the PAN for the first time. See the steps:

  • Step#1 You are required to visit the NSDL website and, from the ‘Application Type’ section, select Changes or corrections in existing PAN data / Reprint of PAN. You are required to visit
  • Step#2 After making this selection, you will be mandatorily required to mention your existing Permanent Account Number in the field shown in the image below. you will be mandatorily required to mention your existing Permanent Account Number
  • Step#3 Rest all the process of selecting PAN application mode, the fees, etc., would be similar except.
    No AO code would be asked again, and on the document details page, you would be required to select Proof of PAN additionally. Rest all the process of selecting PAN application mode
  • Step#4 Fill in the form as per the instructions and make the necessary payment. The portal will offer several payment modes like a credit/debit card, demand draft, and net banking. Make the payment via your preferred mode. After the payment has been received, the website will generate an acknowledgment receipt which you should print and keep safe.
  • Step#5 Once the application has been submitted, you are required to mail NSDL your supporting documents (if you have chosen not to e-sign or send them manually). Your application will be moved further once NSDL acknowledges receiving your documents.

It is important that in case you choose modes other than aadhaar driven online process, the documents you have uploaded or sent support the change or correction you have requested in the PAN card.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q- How long does the Income Tax Department take to issue a PAN card?

Earlier, the process would take up to 15 to 20 days. But now, with the latest technology, you can receive a PAN card within 48 hours of submitting the application.

Q- How can I apply for a PAN card offline?

Applying for PAN offline is also possible. Follow the steps to acquire a PAN through offline means:

  • Either download the PAN application form Form 49A from the NSDL/UTIITL website, or you can get the form from the UTIITL agents. Fill out the form and before submitting, attach all the documents necessary for a PAN card application. You should be able to prove your identity, residence, and birth with the documents attached.
  • Submit the form along with the documents at either NSDL or UTIITL office and pay the processing fee.
  • You will receive your PAN card within 15 days. For correct delivery, it is important that you mention the correct residential address.

Q- Can I possess two PAN cards?

No, this is against the Income Tax Act of India. No individual can possess more than one PAN card. There is a penalty of Rs. 10,000 if an individual is caught possessing more than one PAN card.

Q- Is there any age limit to apply for a PAN card?

There is no specific age limit requirement to apply for a PAN card. However, people above the age of 18 are preferred. For minors, parents/guardians need to apply on their behalf.

Q- How many photographs are needed for the PAN application form?

If the applicant is an individual, then two recent coloured photographs are needed. You need to make sure that your face is clearly visible in the photographs. Photographs should not be damaged in any form. And one of the photographs needs to be cross-signed.

Q- Can I apply for an e-PAN card?

According to the latest revisions, the Income Tax department has come up with a new initiative known as the ‘e-PAN card’ through which you can apply for an e-PAN card. The e-PAN card is the PDF Pan card sent to your registered mail id on the same day of a successful application to NSDL. Aadhaar is a mandatory pre-requisite to avail of this facility.

Q- I already have a PAN card. Can I still apply for the new one?

Holding two PAN cards is not permitted, as per the Income Tax provisions. Therefore, if you are already having a PAN card, no fresh application shall be made. Instead, you can apply for correction or updation for the change in particulars anytime.

CA Abhishek Soni
CA Abhishek Soni

Abhishek Soni is a Chartered Accountant by profession & entrepreneur by passion. He is the co-founder & CEO of Tax2win is amongst the top 25 emerging startups of Asia and authorized ERI by the Income Tax Department. In the past, he worked in EY and comes with wide industry experience from telecom, retail to manufacturing to entertainment where he has handled various national and international assignments.