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- Finance Minister officially launches the "Instant PAN" facility. It is now possible to get instant PAN card by quoting your aadhar number in just few minutes. This facility can be availed free of cost.

‘Know your PAN’ was a service initiated by the Income Tax Department to retrieve information related to PAN. This service came in handy for situations like losing PAN card, or when you need your PAN number urgently but the information is unavailable. Or cases when you would want to cross-check the address registered against your PAN. For all these situations, ‘Know your PAN’ acted as a savior, for you could retrieve all the information by entering your

  • Date of birth,
  • Full name, and
  • Registered mobile number.

However, this facility was being misused and it posed a threat to privacy. Accessing someone’s PAN information became easy through ‘trial and run’ method. To avoid further frauds and misuse of the government facility, the Income Tax department discontinued ‘Know your PAN’ service and instead started ‘Verify your PAN service’. This is the new service started by the Income Tax Department through which you can verify your PAN credentials.

Verify your PAN:

You can use this service to cross-check the information saved in the I-T department database related to your PAN. We have 3 options available to verify the PAN Card Online. Follow the steps mentioned below in an orderly manner:

Once you have opened the link, a window similar to this should appear on your computer screens:

verify your pan
  • All the fields marked with an asterisk (*) needs to be filled mandatorily.
  • Fill in all the fields like your PAN number, full name, date of birth, status ( Individual/company/firm/HUF/society/non-resident) and put in the captcha
  • Submit the form, further your current PAN status will be displayed. If the PAN is active and the information already registered with the database, a screen similar to this will be displayed to you. matching pan details
  • Once a message like this appears, be assured that your PAN is active and your information is up-to-date in the Income Tax department database.

Types of Online PAN Verification-

Online verification of PAN is of following three types-

  • File-Based
  • Screen Based
  • Software Based
1.File-Based Verification
  • Under this firstly you will have to login
  • Here you can upload a file containing a maximum of 1000 PAN cards
  • At last, you will get the details of the PAN on the screen.
2. Screen Based Verification
  • Every user who is willing to verify PAN card, will have to login firstly.
  • Numbers of PAN card details that can be given under this is limited to 5
  • Now details of PAN is visible on your screen
3. Software Based Verification

Under it, PAN can be verified online by a verification site through a software application.

Bulk PAN Verification

PAN bulk verification can be divided into three types. So for more clarification, we have described it in detail-

1. Verification of PAN in Bulk- For Government- Non-Government Agencies

Under it, you will need to perform the following steps-

  • Register yourself as the agency of bulk verification by visiting at
  • Click on the Bulk PAN Query tab and click on Upload Query
  • Upload your query in the specified format mentioned and hit the button on submit.
  • You will get a token number on the submission part
  • Here you can see the status of PAN on the display, uploaded by the query system.
  • Online PAN Verification on ‘User-Pays’ Model

Under this, verification can be done through file-based and software based or screen based. It depends on the choice of the user. Although this facility is chargeable on an annual basis. Registration under this costs to Rs.12000/- plus GST
Firstly check if you are allowed to use this facility provided by the department. If yes, then follow the steps mentioned below.

  • You can click on the link provided below:

On the same link, you can check if you are eligible to use this portal. A list of beneficiaries is mentioned on the extreme left at the end of the page. Once you have accessed the link, a screen similar to the one mentioned below should also appear on your computer screens.

Online PAN Verificatio
  • Put in your credentials and proceed with the verification process
  • After the credentials have been accepted, the portal will offer you three ways through which you can get your bulk PAN cards verified
  • The three options provided on the screen are: Screen-based verification/ File and screen-based verification and Software based verification
  • Choose your preferred mode of verification and complete the process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q- How can I know when my PAN was issued?

Such kind of information is not needed in any official or legal document. However, it is advised that you know your PAN well. Date of issue for PAN is always mentioned on the right side of your photograph in a vertical direction.

Q- What does ‘residential status’ stands for in the verification process?

Residential status is not about your nationality. An Indian could be a non-resident and a foreigner could be a resident. This bifurcation is made by the I-T department for the purpose of computing income.

Q- How is the bifurcation made between a resident and a non-resident?

A person falls under the category of a ‘resident’ when he/she has spent almost 60 days in the current financial year and at least 365 days in four years preceding immediately the current financial year. Others fall in the ‘non-resident’ category.

Q- How do I verify PAN using PAN number?

PAN verification using PAN number can be done online by following the given steps : A) Login to income tax efiling website using PAN number and password. B) Go to profile settings --->> my profile to view details.

Q- What are the annual registration charges for availing online PAN verification?

The registration charges are ?1200 p.a. plus Goods and Services Tax (GST). This facility is provided for one year and can be renewed on a yearly basis. Annual renewal charges are also ?1200 p.a. plus Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Q- How to verify PAN card by name, PAN number,and DOB?

To verify your PAN Card details, follow these simple steps: A) Log onto Income Tax Department e-Filing website. B)Click on “Register Yourself” & Enter your PAN Card number. C)Fill up the Registration Form and submit it. D)A link will be sent to your email address. Click on this link to activate your account. E)Visit to Enter your account and click on “My Account”. F)Go to Profile Settings and click on PAN Details. G)Your details will be generated. You will receive the name, area code, jurisdiction, address and other information.

Q- How to track the status of registration for online PAN verification?

An organisation who has attempted to register for Online PAN verification can check its registration status by using the acknowledgement number provided. If the registration is successful a message bearing the same will be displayed on the screen along with the User ID. A message indicating the rejection will be displayed if it was rejected.

Q- What are the methods available for carrying out online PAN verification?

There are three methods of doing online PAN verification on income tax India website. They are: Verification of One PAN at a time; Bulk PAN Verification – For Government and non- Government agencies; and On-line PAN Verification – For approved Government and non-Government agencies on ‘User pays’ model.

Q- Is there a software/solution for bulk PAN verification?

Yes there is a software solution for bulk PAN verification. It is given on NSDL website and is known as software (API) - based PAN card verification.

Q- Who are authorised to perform PAN verification?

Only certain agencies and organisations have been permitted to carry out verification such as central and state government agencies, Reserve Bank of India, Corporations that need to provide Annual Information Return (AIR), etc.

Q- Who are eligible to carry out online PAN verification?

All individuals and companies are eligible for online PAN verification.

Q- Can I send the documents to avail online PAN verification via email?

No, the required documents cannot be sent through email.

Q- For how long can I avail this facility?

The facility of Online PAN verification can be availed for a year at a time. Thereafter, it is required to be renewed annually.

Q- Can an entity renew its PAN verification facility?

Ans. Yes, an entity can renew its PAN verification system online by logging into the official website with user ID and the digital signature.

Q- Will I need to enter the full name for PAN verification?

Ans. Yes, taxpayer needs to enter full name for PAN verification.

Q- Can I know my PAN by logging into the e-filing website of Government of India?

Ans. No, Taxpayer cannot know his PAN because PAN is itself a login ID.

Q- Will there be any Swachh Bharat Cess (SBC) for PAN verification?

Ans. Yes, there will be Swachh Bharat Cess (SBC) at 0.5%. You will have to pay Rs.60 for all the types of verification methods.

Q- Will I need to pay any initial advance for PAN verification?

Ans. Yes, You will need to pay an initial advance.

Q- Is there a software/solution for bulk PAN verification?

Ans. Yes, there is a software through which bulk PAN verification can be carried out. It can be done NSDL website.

Q- Can I send the documents to avail online PAN verification via email?

Ans: No, the required documents cannot be sent through email.

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.