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PAN Card photo size debate- 35x25mm or 25x35mm?

OnlinePassportPhoto.com is a leader for Indian PAN Card (Permanent Account Number) photos. PAN Card photos, 35 x 25 mm, as they officially specify, are very different than the USA passport photos which are 2x2 inches in size (around 51x51mm). They are also very different than photos used in any country. Most passport or visa photos are square or tall in nature. However, PAN Card instructions mention 35x25mm photos. As per passport photo convention, the first number is x - horizontal and the second number is y- like y-axis - vertical. So not sure if PAN card really wants wider photos- 35x25mm or they mean vertical photos. They mention 35 x25mm but the box on the PAN Card application form seems like they want taller- 25x35mm photos.

PAN Card We sent photos to NSDL in both sizes and asked which is the photo they want. They did not reject or approve tall or wider photo. They just mentioned that photos need to be in 35x25mm size! Also, nowhere online or on their forms, they provide any sample for PAN card photos. Our personal inquiry at PAN card processors in India indicate that they really do not care about the size of the photos, as long as the face can be fit on the square box (The box is neither 25x35 nor 25x35mm. It is more like a square box which creates more confusion for applicants) on the actual PAN card that is printed.

Now based on our experience with a few thousand PAN card photo customers, we can confirm that they accept photos in either size. We have made 35x25mm (wider) photos for many customers and 25x35mm (taller) photos for the majority of customers. So far, none of our customers have come back to us and reported any rejection of photos we have created for them with the reason for being in the wrong size.

Why order PAN card photos with us?

It is difficult to find PAN card photo service at any local store, including Walgreens, CVS or Target. Our innovative online passport photo service can help you get photos in any town or city within the US or as such in any part of the world. We can provide you Pan Card photos in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Houston, New Jersey, Chicago or in any state like Texas, California, Illinois, Florida. Take out your digital camera or mobile phone (if you are using a phone, make sure you take photos INDOOR during bright daylight) and take a photo of yourself, upload it on our website and make a payment. You are done! You can pick up your finished photos the same day at your local Walgreens, CVS or Walmart store. We have helped thousands of Indian nationals with PAN card photos.

Customer Feedback about our Indian Passport Photo service:

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Ashok May 15, 2014

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--Bhavdeep Singh (Chicago, USA)

PAN Card Photo size:

'Individual' applicants should affix two recent color photographs with white background (size 3.5 cm x 2.5 cm) in the space provided on the acknowledgment. The photographs should not be stapled or clipped to the acknowledgment. The clarity of theimage on PAN card will depend on the quality and clarity of the photograph affixed on the acknowledgment.

Please note that
(i) "The photo is to be like Indian type of passport which shows up to shoulders. The photos should show 50 to 60% covers the head portion and the balance up to and below the shoulder line for acceptance It does not matter if the photo is slightly bigger."
(ii) the photos submitted by PAN Card applicants are scanned by NSDL in India. For scanning photos, it helps if PAN Card photos are taken in good light and have enough contrast.
(iii) In the specs they mention a white background, but some customers have reported that the NSDL scanning prefers a slightly blue/very light blue background so unless you specify, we may create photos on a very light blue background if there is not enough contrast in the original photo.

Sample of Indian PAN Card photo:

PAN card photo

Comparison: Indian Passport Photo vs USA Passport Picture Vs PAN Card Photos

1. Passport Photo Size: The USA requires Passport photos to be around 2-inch x 2-inch which is around 50mm x 50 mm. On the other hand, Indian consulates in the USA require passport photos for Indian Passport application/renewal to be of the size of 35mm Vs 35 mm. For PAN Card, however, you will need a 35mmx25mm photos. Look at the sample below that compares Indian Passport picture and PAN Card picture to US Passport Picture.


How To Order Indian PAN Card Photos:

First, make sure the photo you send us meets the following requirements:

Light reflection from hair should not be visible.

Important Info about PAN Card:

Detailed step-by-step information: Online Application for Request for New PAN Card Or/ And Changes Or Correction in PAN Data

1. What Is PAN Card?
Permanent Account Number (PAN)
is a ten-digit alphanumeric number, issued in the form of a laminated card, by the Income Tax Department. A typical PAN is AABPS1205E.

2. Why Is It Necessary To Have PAN?
It is mandatory to quote PAN on the return of income, all correspondence with any income tax authority. From 1 January 2005, it will be mandatory to quote PAN on challans for any payments due to Income Tax Department.

It is also compulsory to quote PAN in all documents pertaining to financial transactions notified from time-to-time by the Central Board of Direct Taxes. Some such transactions are sale and purchase of immovable property or motor vehicle or payments in cash, of amounts exceeding Rs. 25,000/-to hotels and restaurants or in connection with travel to any foreign country. It is also mandatory to mention PAN for obtaining a telephone or cellular telephone connection. Likewise, PAN has to be mentioned for making a time deposit exceeding RS 50,000/- with a Bank or Post Office or depositing cash of RS 50,000/- or more in a Bank.

3. How does Income Tax Department ensure that PAN is quoted on transactions mentioned above?

It is the statutory responsibility of a person receiving documents relating to economic or financial transactions notified by the CBDT to ensure that PAN has been duly quoted in the document.

4. Is it compulsory to quote PAN on return of income?
Yes, it is compulsory to quote PAN on return of income.

5. How will these authorities verify PAN?
A facility for verifying PAN is available on the website of the Income Tax department.

6. Who must have a PAN?
i. All existing assesses or taxpayers or persons who are required to furnish a return of income, even on behalf of others, must obtain PAN.
Ii Any person, who intends to enter into financial transaction where quoting PAN is mandatory, must also obtain PAN. { Section 139A (5) (c) read with Rule 114B}
iii. The Assessing Officer may allot PAN to any person either on his own or on a specific request from such person. {Section 139A (2) and (3)}

7. Can a person obtain or use more than one PAN?
Obtaining or possessing more than one PAN is against the law. {Section 139A (7)}

8. Where to apply for PAN?
In order to improve PAN related services, the Income Tax department has authorized UTI Investor Services Ltd (UTIISL) to set up and manage IT PAN Service Centers in all cities or towns where there is an Income Tax office and National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) to dispense PAN services from TIN Facilitation Centers. For the convenience of PAN applicants in big cities, UTIISL has set up more than one IT PAN Service Center and likewise, there are more than one TIN Facilitation Centers.

9. How to apply for a PAN? Can an application for PAN be made on plain paper?
PAN application should be made only on Form 49A. A PAN application (Form 49A) can be downloaded from the website of Income Tax department or UTIISL or NSDL (www.incometaxindia.gov.in) or printed by local printers or photocopied (on A4 size 70 GSM paper) or obtained from any other source. The form is also available at IT PAN Service centers and TIN Facilitation centers. 10. Can an application for PAN be made in Form 49A obtained from anywhere? Yes, PAN application may be made on Form 49A obtained from any source other than IT PAN Service Centers or TIN Facilitation Centers. For instance, a PAN application may be made on a form downloaded from the website of Income Tax department or UTIISL or NSDL; or on form printed by local printers or a photocopy of downloaded or printed form.

11. Can an application for PAN be made through Internet?
Yes, application for fresh allotment of PAN can be made through the Internet. Further, requests for changes or correction in PAN data or request for new PAN card (for an existing PAN) may also be made through the Internet. For more details visit (www.tin-nsdl.com)

12. How do I get a PAN allotted quickly (TATKAL)?
If an application for allotment of PAN is submitted through the Internet and payment made through a 'nominated' credit card, the PAN is allotted on priority and communicated through email.

13. How to find an IT PAN Service Center or TIN Facilitation Center?
Location of IT PAN Service Centers or TIN Facilitation Centers in any city may be obtained from local Income Tax Office or any office of UTI/UTIISL or NSDL in that city or from websites of the Income Tax department (www.incometaxindia.gov.in or UTIISL or NSDL (http://tin-nsdl.com)

14. What services are provided by these IT PAN Service Centers or TIN Facilitation Centers? IT PAN Service Centers or TIN Facilitation Centers will supply PAN application forms (Form 49A) and forms for 'Request For New PAN Card Or/ And Changes In PAN Data', assist the applicant in filling up the form, collect filled form and issue acknowledgment slip. After obtaining PAN from the Income Tax department, UTIISL or NSDL as the case may be, will print the PAN card and deliver it to the applicant.

15. What if I submit incomplete Form 49A? IT PAN Service Centers or TIN Facilitation Centers shall not receive any incomplete and deficient PAN application. However, these centers will assist applicants to correctly fill up form 49A or 'Request For New PAN Card Or/ And Changes In PAN Data', as the case may be.

16. What documents and information have to be submitted along with the application for Form 49A?
a. Individual applicants will have to affix one recent, colored photograph (Stamp Size: 3.5 cms x 2.5 cms) on Form 49A;
b. Any one document listed in Rule 114 must be supplied as proof of 'Identity' and 'Address'; and
c. The designation and code of the concerned Assessing Officer of the Income Tax department will have to be mentioned in Form 49A.

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