The Income Tax Department of India has developed Tax Information Network or TIN which is used for the purpose of processing, collecting, monitoring and accounting of direct taxes. It acts a repository for all tax related information. NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited is enlisted by the IT Department for maintaining and handling TIN.
NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited acts a service provider for processing of applications, collecting, handling and verifying personal documents like proof of ID, age and address, clarification with the applicants, printing the card and the letter and then mailing it. The PAN number is obtained by NSDL from the server if IT department. The number is generated only after the application and documents are successfully processed.
Tax payers can apply for a Permanent Account Number through TIN-NSDL website in two ways; downloading the form and submitting at NSDL e-Gov centers or submitting the application online. It also facilitates online checking of the application status, making an application for changes or corrections in existing PAN, applying for cancellation of PAN.