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Frequently Asked Question
PAN is a short form of Permanent Account Number. Permanent Account Number (PAN) is a ten-digit alphanumeric number, issued by the Income Tax Department, to any “person” who applies for it. PAN acts as an identifier for the “person” with the tax department.
A typical PAN is ANKPN4337F.
First three characters i.e. “ANK” in the above PAN are alphabetic series running from AAA to ZZZ. Fifth character i.e. “N” in the above PAN represents first character of the PAN holder’s last name/surname. Last character i.e. “K” in the above PAN is an alphabetic check digit.
Yes, it is mandatory to mention Aadhaar Number in Application form, if the applicant is individual and Indian.
PAN issued by the Income Tax Department will be valid for lifetime.
It is statutory responsibility of a person receiving document relating to economic or financial transactions notified by the CBDT to ensure that PAN has been duly quoted in the document.
Individual Indian citizens residing in India can provide photocopy of any one of the following as Proof of Identity.

a. Voter Identity Card
b. Driving License
c. Passport 
d. Aadhaar card issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India
e. Arm’s License
f. Photo identity card issued by the Central Government or a State Government or a Public Sector Undertaking
g. Pensioner Card having photograph of the applicant
h. Central Government Health Scheme Card or Ex-servicemen Contributory Heath Scheme photo card
i. Ration Card having photograph of applicant
Obtaining or possessing more than one PAN is against the law. If any person obtained more than one Pan, he has to make application for cancellation of PAN.
It is mandatory to quote PAN on return of income, all correspondence with any income tax authority. Since 1 January 2005 it has become mandatory to quote PAN on challans for any payments due to Income Tax Department.
Yes, application for fresh allotment of PAN can be made through Internet. Further, requests for changes or correction in PAN data or request for reprint of PAN card (for an existing PAN) may also be made through Internet.
In such cases, Left Hand Thumb Impression (preferably in black ink) of the applicant should be taken on form at the place meant for signature. This should be attested by a Magistrate or a Notary Public or a Gazetted Officer, under official seal and stamp.
You have to mention the PAN card number which you are using currently on top of the application form. All other PAN card/s inadvertently allotted to you should be mentioned in the online form after clicking yes on the question - Are you having more than 1 PAN card - inadvertently allotted PAN card(s) should be sent for cancellation along with the form.
Individual Indian citizens residing in India can provide photocopy of any one of the following as Proof of Address:

a. Voter Identity Card
b. Valid Driving License
c. Aadhaar card issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India
d. Valid Passport
e. 3 Months Bank Account Statement/Passbook
f. 3 Months Credit Card Statement
g. Ration Card
h. 3 Months Telephone Bill
i. Valid Employer Certificate
j. 3 Months Electricity Bill
k. Valid Depository Account Statement
l. Property Tax Assessment Order
m. Certificate of Address signed by a Gazetted Officer or Member of Parliament or Member of Legislative Assembly or Municipal Councillor.