Understanding PAN Number

Do we know and understand the PAN (Permanent Account Number) that most of us have now-a-days?

We attempt to provide some basic insights into the logic of PAN .

This is a 10 digit Alpha Numeric Number. The first 5 characters are letters and the next 4 numbers followed by last one letter. This makes it a 10 digit unique number and this can divided in five parts as explained:

The meaning of each number has been explained further.

  1. First three characters are alphabetic series running from AAA to ZZZ as issued by IT Department.
  2. Fourth character of PAN represents the status of the PAN holder.

C — Company
P — Person
H — HUF (Hindu Undivided Family)
F — Firm
A — Association of Persons (AOP)
T — Trust
B — Body of Individuals (BOI)
L — Local Authority
J — Artificial Juridical Person
G — Government

  1. Fifth character represents first character of the PAN holder’s last name/surname.
  2. Next four characters are sequential number running from 0001 to 9999.
  3. Last character in the PAN is an alphabetic check digit.

Date of Issue of PAN card is mentioned at the right side of the photo on the PAN card ( you will see it in vertical imprint).

Collated by CAMS Digital Media Team


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Sudarshan Ranganthan

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