Simple 2 Step process to link PAN and Aadhaar

Aadhaar must for filing income tax returns from 1st July 2017 so right now there’s no choice but to link PAN and Aadhaar. I am sharing a simple 2 step process – please share your queries & experience regarding the process in the comment section.

If you would like to know about PAN & Aadhaar

PAN (Permanent Account Number) is a unique 10 character code that is assigned by the Income Tax department. It is assigned to all taxpaying entities. The Income Tax Department can track all monetary transactions using the PAN.

An Aadhaar is a unique identification that is assigned to every Indian citizen. It is a 12 digit number. It is issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India. Its aim is to serve as a proof of identity and address of a person.

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Linking PAN & Aadhaar

The government has made it mandatory to link the PAN and Aadhaar. The deadline is July 1, 2017. If it is not done, the PAN will get invalidated. The following are exempt from this rule –

  • Non-residents, those who are not citizens of India,
  • People who are 80 years of age and over and
  • People living in Assam, Jammu & Kashmir and Meghalaya

How to link your PAN and Aadhaar

You can link the two IDs either online or offline Linking of PAN and Aadhaar

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Step 1

Login Credentials Available

Login to e-filing portal of Income tax department by entering your PAN as User ID, password, date of birth and CAPTCHA code.

link PAN Card and Aadhaar

If no pop-up window appears, Go to the menu option – ‘Profile Setting’ and click on ‘Link Aadhaar’. A pop-up window appears prompting you to link your PAN with Aadhaar.

You can input your Aadhaar number and your name and click on ‘link now’.

process to link PAN Card and Aadhaar

Login Credentials not available

If you cannot login, register on the Income tax e-filing portal and follow the steps mentioned above.

The system will match your name, date of birth and gender in the PAN and Aadhaar databases.

Step 2

If details are matching, you will get the message “Aadhaar – PAN linking is completed successfully.”

If you have registered an email address with the portal, you will get an email confirming the same.

If the details are not matching, you will get the appropriate error message.

Other Scenarios

Do your PAN and Aadhaar have different details?

1) Name in the Aadhaar card is different –

Log in to the Aadhaar website and request for a name change.

Upload a scanned copy of PAN card as proof.

The only requirement is that the registered mobile number has to be operational.

2) Name in PAN or some other details are incorrect –

Request for change of name or update of any details here – UTI or NSDL

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OFFLINE APPROACH to link PAN and Aadhaar

You can also link PAN and Aadhaar using SMS messages

You can send the following message to either of the two numbers – 567678 or 56161

                                UIDPAN<Space><12 digit Aadhaar No.><Space><10 Digit PAN No.>

Why is the government asking us to link PAN and Aadhaar

These IDs serve as a proof of identity. The government can trace monetary transactions with the PAN number. If a PAN is connected to an Aadhaar, the identity of the person can be tracked by the government. Some people have multiple PANs – approx 10 Lakh plus. This link will be able to identify who has done the transaction irrespective of the PAN number.

Aadhaar is based on biometrics and PAN is not. Duplicating Aadhaar is more difficult compared to duplicating PAN. So if the two are linked, it is easy to establish identity. It increases the possibility of a person being identified. It is a step towards greater transparency in financial transactions and for the government to gain control over people in the country.

Have you linked your PAN and Aadhaar? Let us know if you faced difficulties in linking the two and how did you manage to resolve it.

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Hemant Beniwal is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER and his Company Ark Primary Advisors Pvt Ltd is registered as an Investment Adviser with SEBI. Hemant is also a member of the Financial Planning Association, U.S.A and registered as a life planner with Kinder Institute of Life Planning, U.S.A. He started his Financial Planning Practice & TFL Guide Blog in 2009. "The Financial Literates" is a dream & mission to make Indians Financial Literate.


  1. I have linked my pan to Aadhar.. but what about my HUF pan
    . should I link it to the same Aadhar ? Is it allowed?

    • I recently registered my HUF .In the efiling portal Registration Form HUF, the Karta of HUF has to provide his personal details like his individual PAN, Surname, Middle Name, First Name and date of birth. After login, when you click on Link Aadhaar, if as an individual, he has already linked his aadhaar to his Individual PAN, that Aadhaar number will automatically get linked to the Karta of HUF. You will also get a webmessage “Link Aadhaar success: Your Principal Contact Person PAN is linked to aadhaar Number XXXX XXXX XXXX”

  2. Hi Hemant,
    Thanks for sharing this great news & it was very helpful for me. Surely I will link my PAN Card With Aadhaar cards.

  3. Sir,
    I have linked my Pan/AAdhar on Cams site for mutual funds . But it shows only few MF names
    where it will be linked . For example if I am having 5 MF’s , out of which it shows only 3 MF’s
    name . what about other 2 MF? how to link it with other MF’s. pl guide



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