A PAN card is not just a proof of identity; it is also important for taxation, buying assets, and opening bank accounts.
Most Indians believe that a PAN card can only be obtained by individuals over the age of 18. This is a common misconception because, as per Section 160 of the Income Tax Act, there is no age limit for availing of a PAN card. Thus, even minors are eligible to obtain one.
Keep reading to find out the details of a Minor PAN card.
Applying for a PAN card for your child has numerous advantages and uses. Some of them are as follows:
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The government has made the process of applying for a PAN card for minors very uncomplicated and streamlined. However, minors cannot apply on their own. Only the parents, guardians, or representatives can apply for a PAN card on behalf of a minor.
To make this process more accessible, the government offers this service via online and offline modes. Here are the steps to apply for a PAN card for a minor online:
Visit the official portal of NSDL and click on the “Online PAN Application” tab. This will lead you to an application form.
From the dropdown menu, select “New PAN for Indian Citizen (Form 49A)” or “New PAN for Foreign Citizen (Form 49AA), depending on your resident type.
Select the minor’s appropriate category from the dropdown menu stating “Category,” and press “Select.”
Enter the applicant’s personal details, like name, date of birth, email ID, and mobile number.
As mentioned in the form’s guidelines, upload the minor’s photographs and other mandatory documents of the minor and guardian.
Submit the guardian or parents’ signature.
Move forward by making the application fee payment of Rs. 110 (Rs. 1,011 for non-resident Indians). This payment can be made via credit/debit card, net banking, or demand draft.
Upon making the payment, click on “Submit”. After this, you will get an acknowledgement or reference number. Through this number, you will be able to track the PAN card application status.
You will receive your child’s PAN Card via post at the address mentioned while filling out this form. After verifying all the documents, it takes 15-20 working days to issue a PAN card.
To apply for a PAN Card offline, follow these below-mentioned steps:
Through the official website of NSDL, download Form 49A or Form 49AA, depending on your residency status. This form is also available at the nearest UTIITSL office.
Fill out all of your personal information legibly and carefully, according to the instructions. Then, attach copies of the required documents.
As a minor PAN card does not display the individual’s photo, no photograph is required.
After completing this form, submit it along with the documents at any NSDL or UTIITSL office and pay the application fee.
Upon verification, you will receive the PAN card at the mentioned address.
Not only is this application form supposed to be submitted by a representative, but also the Income Tax Act mandates that the proof of address and identity are under the name of the minor’s guardian. However, if one opts for an Aadhaar card as proof of address or identity, then only the minor’s Aadhaar card is applicable.
Here is a list of all the documents that have to be submitted along with the PAN Card application:
Either of the following documents can be submitted under the minor’s name:
When a minor PAN cardholder turns into a major (18 or above), the existing PAN Card can no longer be used as a valid proof of identity. Thus, it needs to be modified. As the minor has turned major, they can fill out the application by themselves using these steps:
Visit the official portal of NSDL and click on the “Online PAN Application” tab. Here, the applicant needs to fill out the “Request for new PAN card and/or changes or corrections in PAN data” form.
To make changes to your current PAN card, enter your PAN number in this form. After this, click on the “photo mismatch” and “signature mismatch” boxes to provide your signature and photo. Then make any necessary changes to your existing personal details.
If you choose to request a new PAN card, you must enter your personal information (as an adult) once more.
Provide all the required documents in your name (not the guardian’s), including your photograph and signature.
Pay the application fee and submit the form, either online or offline. After payment, you will receive an acknowledgement number using which you can track the status of this application.
Most citizens believe that they can only apply for a PAN card when they become taxpayers or adults. Owing to this, they lose out on the benefits offered by a minor PAN card. Thus, parents are unable to make investments or open bank accounts in their child’s name.
Fortunately, the Income Tax Department not only permits a minor to have a PAN card but also makes the whole process very straightforward. Furthermore, through a simple modification process, a minor turned major can make updates to their existing PAN card.
Ans: Yes, the amount of the application fee remains the same. It does not matter if it is your first PAN card or if you are making changes to it. This fee will remain Rs. 110 for Indian residents and Rs. 1,011 for non-Indian residents. However, if you do not request a physical card, then you are only charged Rs. 66.
Ans: To make any changes to an existing PAN card, you will have to visit the NSDL website. Here, you need to click on apply online, and then under the application type option, choose “Change/Correction in PAN Card Details”. By filling in the necessary details, you can make changes to your name or any other personal details. Finally, pay the application fee and submit this form.
Ans: To receive a physical copy of your PAN card, you will have to wait at least 15-20 days after the verification. However, under the recent fast-tracked process, you can get your e-PAN within 48 hours of uploading your documents.
Ans: While applying for a minor PAN card, parents only need to provide proof of address and identity proof. That said, relatives or guardians need to submit a statement of proof that declares them as a legal guardians of the applicant.
Ans: Upon losing your PAN card, you can reapply for a duplicate one on NSDL’s official website. You will have to resubmit the form by selecting the application type as “Reprint of PAN card” and filling out the necessary details.
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