Even though you are living outside of India, sometimes it is necessary to obtain a PAN from India for different uses you may have. Some of these uses may be paying taxes on some income you are generating in India, selling your property or buying property in India, Investing in Indian stocks or mutual funds, or opening a bank account in India
As you can imagine, there are difficulties in getting a PAN card in India. It used to be even more difficult for those living abroad, but now things are easier. There are now online PAN agents or brokers that will help NRIs, PIOs, OCIs, and Foreign passport holders to obtain PAN cards in India and receive them at their address abroad WITHOUT ever having to travel to India.
Now, While living in the USA, all you need to do is go to: http://www.indiapancard.in/apply.html and apply. They accept online payments to make it quick and easy for you. After you apply, you will be contacted by a member of their staff. They will send you the application along with a complete set of instructions. Once you follow the instructions and prepare your documents, you send it to their office. From there, given everything is in order; you don’t have to do anything but wait for your pan card.
Here is a list of documents that you will need to provide living in the USA:
1. Two passport size photos – (can be made at Walgreen’s or CVS pharmacy)
2. A US address proof – (typically your US bank statement from banks like Bank of America, Chase, Wells Fargo, etc. You can download the online e-statement, get it certified – meaning attested and stamped by the bank manager or whosoever is the authorized personnel to do so.
OCI or PIO card copies reflecting your current address.
3. Your passport copies – (only the relevant pages are necessary)
If you are living in the United States and you wish to apply for a PAN card right away, simply visit http://www.indiapancard.in/ and start with filing of your PAN number application process totally online.
List of states in the US where you can apply from are as follows:
Wyoming – Cheyenne, Wisconsin – Madison, West Virginia – Charleston, Washington – Olympia, Virginia – Richmond, Vermont – Montpelier, Utah – Salt Lake City, Texas – Austin, Tennessee – Nashville, South Dakota – Pierre, South Carolina – Columbia, Rhode Island – Providence, Pennsylvania – Harrisburg, Oregon – Salem, Oklahoma – Oklahoma City, Ohio – Columbus, North Dakota – Bismarck, North Carolina – Raleigh, New York – Albany, New Mexico – Santa Fe, New Jersey – Trenton, New Hampshire – Concord, Nevada – Carson City, Nebraska – Lincoln, Montana – Helena, Missouri – Jefferson City, Mississippi – Jackson, Minnesota – St. Paul, Michigan – Lansing, Massachusetts – Boston, Maryland – Annapolis, Maine – Augusta, Louisiana – Baton Rouge, Kentucky – Frankfort, Kansas – Topeka, Iowa – Des Moines, Indiana – Indianapolis, Illinois – Springfield, Idaho – Boise, Hawaii – Honolulu, Georgia – Atlanta, Florida – Tallahassee, Delaware – Dover, Connecticut – Hartford, Colorado – Denver, California – Sacramento, Arkansas – Little Rock, Arizona – Phoenix, Alaska – Juneau, Alabama – Montgomery.