Five things you need to know about your PAN card

PAN is a 10 digit aplha numeric number, where the first 5 characters are letters, the next 4 numbers and last one a letter again.
The meaning of each number has been explained below,

​1. F​irst three characters are alphabetic series running from AAA to ZZZ

​​ ​​2.F​ourth character of PAN represent the status of the PAN holder

  • C - Company
  • P - Perosn
  • H - HUF (Hindu Unidivied Family)
  • F - firm
  • A - Association of persons (AOP)
  • T - AOP (Trust)
  • B - Body of Individuals (BOI)
  • L - Local Authority
  • J - Artificial Juridical Person
  • G - Government

​​3. F​ifth Character represents first character of the PAN holder’s last name

​​4. N​ext four characters are sequential number running from 0001 to 9999

​5. L​ast character in PAN is an alphanumeric check digit

Date of issue of PAN card is mentioned at the right (vertical) hand side of the photo on PAN card.


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