PAN Full Form - Permanent Account Number

PAN Full Form - Permanent Account Number

by Devender 01-Feb-22

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What is the full form of PAN?

The full form of PAN is Permanent Account Number.

It is a ten-digit alphanumeric allocated to every individual who applies for it by the Income Tax Department of India. It is issued under section 139A of the Indian Income Tax Act 1961. It is considered a national identity proof and is essential for every salaried people or professional.

It is also a mandatory document while opening a bank account.

The Pan card is a plastic card that contains your:

  • PAN number
  • Name
  • Father's Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Signature
  • Photo
  • PAN Card Image

    It doesn't contain the address of any individual so, your PAN number doesn't depend on your address. It remains the same even if you change your address, it is valid forever.

    However, it is not acceptable as an Indian citizenship proof because it is issued to Indian and foreign as well. This number is used by Banks, Credit Rating and Govt Agencies for financial verification.


    PAN Card Format

    The PAN number is a 10 digit alphanumeric code arranged in the following order:

    ZZZPT1234K

    Where the first 5 characters are letters while the next 4 are numbers and the last character is also a letter.

    1 The first three letters are a sequence of alphabets from AAA to ZZZ.

    2 The fourth letter identifies the form of the cardholder. Each holder is uniquely defined using these letters:

  • A - Association of persons
  • B - Body of Individuals
  • C - Company
  • F - Firm
  • G - Government
  • H - HUF (Hindu Undivided Family)
  • L - Local Authority
  • J - Artificial Judicial person
  • P - Individual
  • T - AOP (Trust)
  • 3 The Fifth letter represents the first letter of the last name of the cardholder in the case of an individual while it represents the first character of the PAN holder's name in the case of a non-individual.

    4 The next 4 digits are numerals forming a series from 0001 to 9999.

    5 The last digit is an alphabetic check digit.


    Types of PAN Cards

    The various types of PAN Cards are as follow:

  • Individual
  • Company
  • HUF- Hindu Undivided Family
  • Firms/Partnerships
  • Society
  • Trusts
  • Foreigners
  • Minor
  • AOP - Association of person

  • How to get PAN Card

    One can effortlessly apply for a pan card online. Just visit the official website of NSDL/UTIITSL and follow the process:

  • Fill the form 49A / 49AA with accurate details
  • Submit required documents
  • Pay the processing fee
  • Within 15 days, the PAN card will be dispatched
  • One can also make modifications to the existing pan card through the above-mentioned websites.


    Documents required for PAN Card

    Proof of address and proof of identity are required as essential documents to apply for a PAN card. The documents that can be used are as follows:

    Aadhar card, voter ID, driving license, electrical bill, partnership deed, company registration certificate, passport, etc.

    However, there are quite a few things to remember when filling out the form for a PAN card. Here is a list:

  • Write everything in capital letters
  • All the fields in the form are mandatory
  • A compulsory Mobile number is required
  • The form can be filled in English/Hindi or regional language
  • Any incorrect document will get your application rejected
  • Sign your name clearly



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