DSC-Based Online PAN Application – How To?

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Wondering what is the process for DSC-based online PAN application? It is quite simple and straight forward. In this user guide, we are going exactly what you want to know. So, gear up and let us begin!

DSC or Digital Signature Certificate

Before we start, you might want to know ‘what DSC stands for?’

DSC is the abbreviation for Digital Signature Certificate. Essentially, it is your digital signature that you can use in lieu of your original signature that you use offline.

A digital signature is just as valid as your offline signature in case of online PAN application.

However, you need to keep in mind that the DSC or the Digital Signature Certificate has to be issued only by an authorized certifying authority located in India.

You need to hold a valid Class 2 or Class 3 DSC for the purpose.

There are 6 authorized certifying authorities that offer DSC. They are:

  • IDRBT or Institute of Development & Research in Banking Technology.
  • VSIGN
  • e-Mudhra
  • SafeScrypt
  • Capricorn Identity Services
  • (n)Code Solutions

Difference Between Class 2 and Class 3 DSC

Class 2 DSC is a type of digital signature that is used for filing documents online. For instance, this class of digital signature can be used for Income Tax filing, GST filing, Registrar of Companies etc.

Class 3 DSC is an upgraded version of Class 2 and has a specialized function. It is a must if you are interested in e-tendering for e-procurement process through online channels. Class 3 can also be used for filing documents online but not necessary. You can happily settle for Class 2 if filing documents is your only requirement.

You Need to Purchase DSC

Remember, a Digital Signature Certificate is not free. You need to purchase it. The DSC remains valid for a certain time period only. For instance, e-Mudhra will offer DSC for a period of 1 year, 2 years or 3 years. After that, you need renew the DSC.

DSC-Based Online PAN Application: From Where?

Assuming that you have purchased a Class 2 or Class 3 DSC, you can carry out the online PAN application with ease. You do not have to worry about sending any physical documents anywhere. It is completely paperless.

The only two places from where you can obtain a PAN card that is valid are:

Remember, these two organizations are the only two organizations that are allowed to issue PAN card. PLEASE DO NOT USE ANY OTHER SERVICE AS THAT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTABLE.

DSC-Based PAN Application With UTIISL

Here are the steps that you need to follow for online PAN application using DSC mode through UTIISL:

Step 1: Visit the UTIISL site and from the menu, hover you mouse to PAN Card Services to reveal the sub menu. In the sub menu, select the first option which reads Apply PAN Card.

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Step 2: Click on the first option which reads PAN Card as an Indian Citizen/NRI.

Step 3: On the next page that you see, click on the first option which reads Apply for new PAN Card (Form 49A).

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Step 4: Once you click on that option you will be taken to a new page where you need to first select the Digital Mode and under that, you need to select the DSC Mode.

Step 5: Select the applicant status. It simply means that you need to select whether you are applying as an Individual or as HUF or something else listed in the category dropdown.

Step 6: Select the PAN card mode. In case you need both the physical PAN card and the electronic PAN card, select the first option. If you want only the electronic PAN card select the second option. Then click on Submit button to reach the next page.

Step 7: On the next page, you will be provided a reference number. Copy the number and save it properly on your computer. Now go ahead and fill in the form.

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Step 8: In the process of filling in the form, you will need to upload the necessary documents in digital format. What documents you ask? You need to provide a document proof for the Date of Birth, a document proof for your address and a document proof for your identity. These documents are to be provided in the format request. Usually it is PDF format and image format (JPEG or PNG).

Do note that you need to ensure that the documents do not exceed the specified size (usually mentioned in KB or kilobytes). You can upload these documents from the local disk on your computer or from Digilocker. You will also need to upload your photo in the prescribed format.

Step 9: Once you complete the entire form and you upload the documents in the specified format, click on the submit button.

Step 10: Once you submit the application, you will be taken to the payment gateway where you need to make the payment for the application. Upon successful payment, the browser will redirect back to UTIISL website and the PAN application will all the filled in details will be shown to you. Your uploaded documents will also be shown in the appropriate places.

Step 11: You will have to download this application form (there will be an option of downloading the form).

Step 12: After you download the PAN application form, you will be required to upload your Digital Signature Certificate and digitally sign the form.

Step 13. Once you have signed the form digitally, you need to upload it back on the website. At the backend, UTIISL will verify the DSC and its validity with the certified authority that issued the DSC.

Please note that DSC details will be verified against the information provided on the form and exact match will be required. If the details do not match, the application will be rejected and the amount paid will be refunded. In case of a successful verification, UTIISL will move the application in processing zone. That’s all!

Wait for the application to be processed and once it is processed, you will get an email with the electronic PAN card and the physical PAN card will be dispatched to your correspondence address, which you shall receive within 14 days.

DSC-Based PAN Application with TIN NSDL

Here are the steps that you need to follow to online PAN application using DSC mode through TIN NSDL website:

First Step: Visit NSDL website through this link.

Second Step: Click on Apply link as shown in the image below.

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Third Step: Fill in the basic information on the next page you see and click on submit button.

Fourth Step: On the next page, click on radio button which reads ‘Submit scanned images through e-Sign’.

Fifth Step: Now select whether you need a physical PAN card or not. Check the image below:

Sixth Step: Now go ahead and fill in the rest of the form carefully. Provide your Aadhaar number and upload all the documents and your photograph and signature in the prescribed formats and dimensions. Hit the submit button. Remember, Aadhaar is mandatory for this method.

Seventh Step: The completed PAN application form will show up on your computer screen. Verify the details and submit. Once you do that, you will be taken to the payment screen.

Eighth Step: Pay the fee through your preferred method from the available payment options. Once the payment is successful, you will receive an OTP on your mobile number that is registered with UDAI (organization that provides Aadhaar).

Ninth Step: Submit the OTP and your application process will be completed.

Now, you need to wait for receiving the e-PAN in your email inbox and the physical PAN (if you have opted for it) will be delivered to your registered address within 14 days.

Important Note:

In case of NSDL, you really do not need to purchase any DSC. In step 4 above (for NSDL) you will see a dropdown. By default, it will have NSDL e-Gov selected if you do not have any other DSC on your computer.

If you have another DSC (from any one of the authorized providers), on your computer, the form will automatically read that provider and it will be listed in the dropdown.

However, in order for the NSDL application form to read that DSC, you will need to download and install a small application that you can find here on this page. At the bottom of this page you will find the section which reads “Apply for New PAN (for DSC users)”. Underneath that heading you will find the option of downloading and installing the application.

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Once you download and install the application, it will ask you to install Java (if Java is not already installed on your computer). Follow the steps and install Java and then complete the installation of the NSDL application.

Once the application is installed, the application will run in the background and can be seen from your PC taskbar as shown in the screenshot below.

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This application will read any other Digital Signature Certificate installed on your computer.

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