With effect from September 6, 2015, facility for digital signature certificate (DSC) based PAN application has been enabled in New PAN Form 49A for Individuals.

 Online Application for New PAN Card

Additional Guidelines for DSC based PAN applications

a. This facility can be used by PAN applicants having a valid Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) issued to them by authorized Certifying Authority (CA) in India.

b. Only valid class II or III DSC will be accepted

c. In case of Individual applicants, the DSC of the applicant should be used for digitally signing the application. In case of minor/lunatic/idiot applicants, DSC of the parent/guardian whose details have been furnished as Representative Assessee in the application should be used for digitally signing the application.

d. The DSC should bear the name of the applicant / Representative Assessee as mentioned in the application form

e. PAN applicants should have scanned image of photograph, signatures and supporting documents i.e. Proof of Identity (POI) /Proof of Address (POA) /Proof of Date of Birth (PODB). The photo/signature and supporting documents should be scanned as per following specifications:

Sr.No Parameters Photograph Signature Supporting documents
1. Resolution (in DPI) 200 DPI 200 DPI 200 DPI
2. Type Color Color Black & White
3. File type JPEG JPEG PDF/A or JPEG
4. Size Max. 20 KB Max. 10 KB Max. 300KB/per page
5. Dimension 3.5X2.5 cms. 2X4.5 cms

f. Payment of application fee can be done using Credit card / Debit card or Net banking facility only.

g. Procedure for on-line PAN applications with DSC issued in India i.e., issued by Indian Certifying Authority and controlled by Indian Controller of Certifying Authority (CCA) will also applicable to foreign PAN applicant applying through On-line PAN application form 49AA w.e.f. December 1, 2016.

h. Above procedure will not be applicable for Form 49AA in the following cases requiring original documents:

1. Copy of other national or citizenship Identification Number or Taxpayer Identification Number duly attested by Apostille. (in respect of countries which are signatories to the Hague Convention of 1961) or by the Indian Embassy or High Commission or Consulate in the country where the applicant is located or authorised officials of overseas branches of Scheduled Banks registered in India

2. Certificate of India address issued by the employer etc. as specified in Rule 114(4) of Income Tax Rules 1962

3. Power of Attorney document for delivery of PAN card on Indian address.

i. The above documents will still be forwarded in physical form for DSC based PAN applications (Form 49AA) made online using DSC. The aforesaid documents are required to be forwarded in original to NSDL e-Gov (‘Income Tax PAN Services Unit, NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited, 5th floor, Mantri Sterling, Plot No. 341, Survey No. 997/8, Model Colony, Near Deep Bungalow Chowk, Pune – 411016’.) for processing of such DSC based PAN applications (Form 49AA).

For more details, please visit following website


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8 responses to “Individuals can Now apply for PAN online with digital signature”

  1. Chakra says:

    Its used to apply for the pan card of other than individuals

  2. shyam says:

    Is there any further process I have to do after submitting of new pan card form online on the basis of authorized adhaar card for digital singing.

  3. Kuchi says:

    The person behind this article is rather confused about the process of online form filling and documents. There is nothing like digital signature in the process of online PAN.

    Dear author,

    Kindly brush up your research skills as well as your skills to let people understand what you are talking about. It is rather confusing and disappointing.

    (Can you refer the original source where they have mentioned so detailed specification for photo and other scanned docs?)

  4. CA. Vaibhav Khanna says:

    1. DSC will be aadhar Based & Not PAN Based, Which ll increase the cost of PAN Application to many folds. 1st have aadhar based DSC n then apply pan n then have a new pan based DSC.

    2. it should have been activated for PAN reprints, PAN correction so that theres a scope of speeding up the process without any inconvenience

    3. they could have also given an option of CAs or representatives signatures to verify the authenticity or made aadhar no n bank account no as compulsory items so that they have a verification background and a DSC of a CA can be used as a validation tool of actual existence.

    Just writing my thoughts on the process. 🙂

  5. ROHIT says:

    I think it is not possible to have dsc without pan.in this can some one else dsc can be used

  6. CA Amit Kumar says:

    Only rectification or minor pan can be make through Digital Signature.


    This could be good idea,But how many days it will take to get the PAN card. DO we need to submit the hard copy.
    Instead of DSC of Individual, DSC of professioanls like CA,CS could have been done.

  8. Rinku Rawat says:


    I have one doubt, how is it possible to have digital signature without PAN card and about aritcle saying that you can sign PAN application with digital signature????

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