Permanent Account Number Card

How to apply for a Permanent Account Number (PAN) card, a requirement when working in India…

A Permanent Account Number (PAN) is a unique identifying number issued by the Indian Income Tax Department and is requirement for all those wishing to work in India.

  • A PAN application form can be downloaded from the Income Tax Department’s Tax Information Network: Click here (PDF in English)

Once the form is submitted online, a receipt with a 15-digit acknowledgment number is issued. This should be printed out, signed by the applicant and sent with two recent colour photographs, proof of address, proof of identity and required payment to:

Income Tax PAN Services Unit, National Securities Depository Limited, 3rd floor, Sapphire Chambers, Near Baner Telephone Exchange, Baner, Pune 411045

  • The Tax Information Network has guidelines for filling out the application form, as well as information on PAN card fees: Click here

Residence Permit

A residence permit is a requirement for foreigners staying in the country for longer than 180 days. It is issued following registration at the FRRO and is valid for the duration specified in the holder’s visa.

Full information about the legal requirements to live in India is available on the Residency page.