Have an Aadhaar card? At incometaxindia.gov.in, use it to apply for an Instant e-PAN

There are specific documents that you must have in order to confirm your identification and to receive government benefits. Aadhaar Card is one of these papers. Permanent Account Number (PAN card), and Voter ID are just a few examples. Do you have them all? If not, you can apply for all of these IDs by visiting the relevant websites. If you have an Aadhaar card, you can apply for an e-PAN with your Aadhaar number. It should be noted, however, that this service is only available if you do not have a PAN but do have a valid Aadhaar card and your KYC information is up to date.

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) issues Aadhaar cards, which can be used to gain benefits such as submitting Income Tax Returns, opening a bank account, and so on. The Income Tax Department is in charge of issuing the PAN Card. For the uninitiated, an e-PAN is a digitally signed PAN card issued by the Income Tax Department in electronic or digital format.

You should be aware that quoting your PAN when filing your income tax return is required. If you do not yet have a PAN, you can get an e-PAN by using your Aadhaar number and a mobile number associated with your Aadhaar. Additionally, generating an e-PAN is a free, online process that does not require you to complete any documents.

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Step-by-step instructions on how to apply for an e-PAN using Aadhaar.

Step 1: Go to the Income Tax Department’s official website or go to the https://www.incometax.gov.in/iec/fo portal.

Step 2: From the homepage, select the ‘Instant E-PAN’ option from the ‘Quick Links’ area.

Step 3: A new page will open; select ‘Get New e-PAN’ from the drop-down menu.

Step 4: Next, for PAN allocation, input your Aadhaar number and check the ‘I confirm that’ box before pressing the ‘Continue’ button.

Step 5: On your registered mobile number, you will receive an Aadhaar OTP. You must enter the OTP in the appropriate field and then click the ‘Validate Aadhaar OTP and Continue’ button.

Step 6: Click the Continue button after accepting the terms and conditions on the OTP Validation screen.

Step 7: Enter your OTP, check the box, and press the Continue button again.

Step 8: If your email ID has not been authenticated, click Validate email ID, enter your credentials, and click the Continue button.

Step 9: After you submit your Aadhaar details for validation, you will be granted an acknowledgment number. Entering your Aadhaar number will allow you to check the status of your PAN allotment.

Step 10: To download the e-PAN, complete the first two steps, then click the ‘Check Status/Download PAN’ option, enter your Aadhaar number and captcha code, touch the Submit icon, validate by entering the OTP, and finish the process.

Step 11: If the PAN allocation was successful, a PDF file link will be sent to you within 10 minutes.