PAN Card for NRI and Foreign Company

Living outside of India, can an applicant apply for PAN Card?

Yes. Applicant may live in a foreign country (outside India) and yet apply PAN Card online. Individuals and Business Firms registered overseas may apply for new PAN Card. An applicant may also apply for corrections / re-issue a duplicate copy of PAN Card.

Will PAN Card be delivered to foreign countries?

Yes. Once PAN application is successfully processed, PAN Card will be delivered to overseas address on application - as per proof of address.

How much time does it take to get PAN Number allotted?

Once online application is created and payment done, following are subsequent steps:

  • Step 1: For Preliminary check of documents – applicants send pictures by email with proof of ID and proof of address. This will help to avoid rework later – if any errors in form.
  • Step 2: Once documents are confirmed to be in order by email, applicant will be required to print, paste photo, sign, and send documents by courier/registered post to Chennai address.
  • Step 3: Applicant shall receive acknowledgment number / tracking coupon number to track PAN Status online.
  • Step 4: For most applicants, PAN Number is allotted and available online in 5 to 10 working days (indicative). Applicant will receive ePAN within 2 days of allotment.
  • Step 5: Physical PAN Card will be printed and dispatched by registered post / courier. This takes about another 2 weeks.

How do applicants track status of PAN Application?

Applicants are updated of status through-out important milestones of processing.

  • Once documents are received at Chennai, applicant receive an automatic acknowledgement
  • Once PAN Form is assigned a tracking coupon number and submitted to PAN Officials, applicant receive an automatic notification
  • Applicant can track documents submission status online
  • Applicant also receive another URL to track PAN Card status directly with PAN Officials
Additionaly, applicant may write to to find out latest status of PAN Application.