The Permanent Account Number (PAN) is a crucial 10-digit alphanumeric identifier issued by the Income Tax Department of India. Whether you’re applying for a new PAN card or making changes to an existing one, tracking the status of your application is an important step in the process.

Understanding PAN Cards

The PAN is a unique identifier assigned to taxpayers in India. It serves multiple purposes, including:

  1. Filing income tax returns
  2. Opening bank accounts
  3. Making high-value financial transactions
  4. Serving as proof of identity

Given its significance in financial and legal matters, obtaining a PAN card is a crucial step for many individuals and businesses in India.

How to Apply for a PAN Card?

There are two primary agencies through which you can apply for a PAN card:

  • Protean e-Gov Technologies Limited (formerly NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited)
  • UTIITSL (UTI Infrastructure Technology and Services Limited)

Both agencies offer online and offline application methods. Once you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a 15-digit acknowledgment number, which is key to tracking your application status.

Methods to Check PAN Card Status

PAN Card Status can be checked through several methods. All such details are provided below:

Method 1: Check PAN Card Status through Protean e-Gov Technologies Limited Website

The Protean e-Gov Technologies Limited website offers a straightforward method to check your PAN card status. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  • Visit the official website of NSDL https://tin.tin.nsdl.com/pantan/StatusTrack.html
  • On the ‘Track Your PAN/TAN Status’ page, under “Application Type,” select “PAN- New/Change Request“.
  • Now, enter your 15-digit acknowledgment number
  • Enter the verification code displayed on the screen.
  • Then, click on the “Submit” button.

The status of your application will be displayed on the screen. It’s important to note that you can only track your application online 24 hours after submitting it.

Method 2: Check PAN Card Status through UTIITSL Website

If you applied through UTIITSL, you can check your status on their website. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Visit the UTIITSL website https://www.utiitsl.com/

Step 2: In the menu bar, click on the PAN Card Services option. A drop-down menu will open. Here, select the “Track Your PAN Card” option.

Here, you can check your PAN Card Status in two ways:

a)Through Application/Coupon Number

b)Through PAN Card Number

a) Check Your PAN Card Status Through Application/Coupon Number

  • On this page, enter your “Application/Coupon Number” in the designated area.
  • Enter your Date of Birth.
  • Then, enter the Captcha Code.
  • Finally, click on the Submit button.

Your PAN status will then display on your screen.

b) Check Your PAN Card Status Through PAN Number

  • To check your PAN Card status by your PAN Card number, complete Step 2 provided above.
  • Then a new page will display on your screen. Here, enter your PAN Card Number.
  • After that, enter your Date of Birth.
  • Then, enter the Captcha code and hit the Submit button.

Your application status will be displayed on the screen.

Method 3: Check PAN Card Status through Phone Call

A person can also check or track their PAN Card Status through phone call. To check your PAN status via phone call, follow the process provided below:

  • Call 020-27218080 between 7 am and 11 pm, any day of the week
  • Provide your 15-digit acknowledgment number to the call center executive

Note that between 11 pm and 7 am, you can still check your status through an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system.

Method 4: Check PAN Card Status through SMS Facility

A quick and convenient method to check your status is through SMS:

  • Send an SMS to 57575 with the following format: NSDLPAN <15-digit acknowledgment number>
  • You’ll receive a reply with your current application status

SMS Facility Provided on NSDL Portal to Check PAN Card Status 

To check your PAN (Permanent Account Number) status via SMS, you can utilize a convenient service provided by the National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) on behalf of the Income Tax Department.

Simply send an SMS to 3030 with the message format “PAN [space] [15-digit acknowledgement number]” (e.g., PAN 123456789012345). 

Method 5: Check PAN Card Status Without Acknowledgment Number

If you’ve misplaced your acknowledgment number, you can still check your status on the Protean e-Gov Technologies Limited website:

  • Visit the official NSDL website https://tin.tin.nsdl.com/pantan/StatusTrack.html_bkp24052013
  • Here, click on the Application type option. Two options will be displayed on your screen. Among them select PAN New/Change Request option.
  • Now, leave the Acknowledgement Number option and click on the radio button in front of the Name option.
  • Then, enter your Last Name/Surname, Middle name and then First Name as asked.
  • Enter your Date of Birth (it should be the same as mentioned on the application form).
  • Finally, enter the ‘Submit” button.

Your PAN card status will then display on your screen.

Method 6: Check PAN Card Status By Name and Date of Birth

Another method to track your application is by using your name and date of birth. Check further details below:

  • Go to the official NSDL website https://tin.tin.nsdl.com/pantan/StatusTrack.html_bkp24052013
  • Here, click on the Application type option. Two options will be displayed on your screen, here, PAN New/Change Request option.
  • Then, enter your Last Name/Surname, Middle name and then First Name as asked.
  • Enter your Date of Birth (it should be the same as mentioned on the application form).
  • Then, hit the ‘Submit” button.

Method 7: Check e-PAN Card Status by Aadhaar Number

For those who have applied for an e-PAN using their Aadhaar number, here’s how to check the status:

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  • A new page will open. Here, enter your 12-digit Aadhaar Number and click on the Continue button. 

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  • On the OTP Validation page, enter the 6-digit OTP received on your mobile number registered with Aadhaar.
  • Then click on Continue.

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  • On the Current status of your e-PAN request page, you can see the status of your e-PAN request.
  • If the new e-PAN has been generated, you can click on View e-PAN to view or Download e-PAN to download a copy of your E-PAN.

Note that to use this method, your mobile number must be registered with your Aadhaar card for OTP verification.

Understanding PAN Card Application Status

When you check your PAN card status, you might encounter different status messages. Here are some common ones and what they mean:

  • “Your PAN application has been received and is under process”: This means your application is currently being reviewed.
  • “Your PAN card has been dispatched”: Your PAN card has been printed and sent via post to the address you provided.
  • “Your PAN application has been rejected”: There might be errors or discrepancies in your application. You’ll need to reapply after correcting the issues.
  • “Your PAN is generated and dispatch of physical PAN card is pending”: Your PAN has been generated but the physical card hasn’t been sent yet.
  • “Not Found”: This could mean your application hasn’t been processed yet or there might be an issue with your acknowledgment number.

Check PAN Card Payment Status Online

Apart from the application status, you can also track the status of your payment if you paid online. Here’s how:

  • Visit https://www.protean-tinpan.com/services/tan/changemode.html
  • On this page, you can check your transaction status either by Transaction Number or by Acknowledgement Number.
  • Select the appropriate option according to you from both options. 
  • Then enter the selected number (either Transaction Number or Acknowledgement Number)  in the next field.
  • Then enter your Name. The format of entering the name is Last Name/Surname, then, First Name, and then Middle Name.
  • Then enter your Date of Birth and click on the Submit button.
  • Your transaction status and details will then display on your screen.

This will display the status of your payment transaction.

Documents Required for Checking PAN Card Status

While most methods of checking your PAN card status don’t require additional documents, it’s good to have the following information handy:

1. 15-digit acknowledgment number (for checking through the NSDL website)
2. Application number (for checking through the e-Mudra portal)
3. Application Coupon number (for checking through UTIITSL)
4. PAN number (if you’re checking the status of changes to an existing PAN)
5. Date of birth
6. Name as entered in the application

PAN Card Helplines

If you encounter any issues while checking your PAN card status or have additional queries, you can contact the following helplines:

Protean e-Gov Technologies Limited (formerly NSDL):

  • Mumbai Head Office: (022) 2499 4200
  • Toll-free: 1800 1020 990, 1800 224 430

UTIITSL:

  • Helpline: +91 33 40802999, 033 40802999
  • Email: utiitsl.gsd@utiitsl.com
  • Operating hours: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily

Additionally, both agencies have branch offices in major cities across India, which you can contact for local assistance.

Tips for a Smooth PAN Card Application Process

  • Double-check all information before submitting your application to avoid rejections or delays.
  • Keep your acknowledgment number safe, as it’s crucial for tracking your application status.
  • If applying online, ensure you have a stable internet connection to prevent any issues during form submission or payment.
  • When uploading documents, make sure they are clear, legible, and meet the specified format and size requirements.
  • If you’re making changes to an existing PAN, be prepared to provide both the old and new information.
  • Remember that processing times can vary, especially during peak periods. Be patient and check your status regularly.
  • If your application is rejected, carefully review the reason provided and address it before reapplying.
  • Consider opting for e-PAN if you need your PAN quickly, as it’s typically faster than obtaining a physical card.

Common Issues and Solutions

  • Unable to track status: If you’re unable to track your status online, wait for 24 hours after application submission and try again. If the issue persists, contact the helpline.
  • Payment failed but amount deducted: Check your payment status using the method described earlier. If the payment isn’t reflected, contact your bank and the PAN card issuing agency.
  • Incorrect details in the application: If you realize you’ve made a mistake after submission, you’ll need to apply for a correction once your PAN is issued.
  • Delay in receiving physical PAN card: If your status shows the card has been dispatched but you haven’t received it after a reasonable time, contact the issuing agency for assistance.