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PAN Card Photo (India)

It is difficult to get photos for the Indian PAN card application in the USA. None of the popular passport photo providers, including Walgreens, CVS, UPS stores offer PAN Card photos. We can help you with that, and also for India Visa, OCI, etc.,with our innovative online passport photo service, wherever you are in the USA or in any other country. We help customers with Pan Card photos in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Houston, New Jersey, Chicago, or in any state like Texas, California, Illinois, or Florida.
We have a simple process to take away all your worries regarding the PAN card application. Take a photo of yourself with any digital camera or a smartphone, and upload it on our website with your order. Same day, or within a few hours, you will be able to pick up PAN photos at your nearby Walgreens, CVS, or Walmart store. Regarding acceptance of our photos, rest assured. We are #1 and we have helped thousands of Indian nationals with PAN card photos in the USA. Check Google for reviews about us and our service.

PAN Photo Specs

Printed PAN Card Photos

OnlinePassportPhoto.com is a leader in the Indian PAN Card (Permanent Account Number) photo in the USA. PAN Card photos, 35 x 25 mm, as they officially specify, are very different than the USA passport photo which is 2x2 inches in size (around 51x51mm). It is also very different than a passport photo for any other country.

Digital Image with Signature specs

You can now submit your application online for a PAN card. Applicants should have scanned images of photographs, signatures, and supporting documents i.e. Proof of Identity (POI) /Proof of Address (POA) /Proof of Date of Birth (PODB).
You can order Digital images for your PAN Card with us, at this link:

Sr. No. Parameters Photograph Signature Supporting documents
1. Resolution (in DPI) 200 DPI 200 DPI 200 DPI
2. Type Color Color Black & White
3. File type JPEG JPEG PDF/A or JPEG
4. Size Max. 20 KB Max. 10 KB Max. 300KB/per page
5. Dimension 3.5X2.5 cms. 2X4.5 cms

Customer Reviews about our PAN Card Photo service

Ashok May 15, 20XX
When I asked about the PAN Card picture for India at Costco, I got stares back from the associate. I am glad that I found this service by chance while Googling the dimensions.
I ordered the prints very late in the evening ~ 9pm and picked them up from Walmart at 11am the next day. Service is great and I even got an honest suggestion to load a new digital image as the earlier one wasn't going to be good. The whole transaction was handled professionally and efficiently with quick email updates. Thanks a lot!

Bhavdeep Singh (Chicago, USA)
I ordered pictures for a PAN card. I am impressed by the quick, efficient, and quality service provided by onlinepassportphoto.com After I uploaded my pictures, they were edited and sent for printing in no time. I requested minor changes and they were made within minutes. I was also given a discount for multiple orders in the same transaction. I had used their service in the past for my family's OCI pictures. I will come back, for my future photo editing requirements. I will recommend this service. I can say, you will be happy with your decision.

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PAN Card photo size: Not the same as the US passport photo!

A PAN Card photo is materially different than the US passport photo that you get at Walgreens or CVS stores. US passport photo is 2x2 inches or 51 x51 mm in size. A PAN card photo is smaller in size- only 35 x25mm.
You can compare a PAN card photo to various other India-related photos below:

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

PAN card photo

PAN Card form (Form 49A and 49AA ) instructions mention a 35x25 mm photo. As per passport photo convention, the first number is x - horizontal and the second number is y- like the y-axis - vertical. So not sure if the PAN card processing authority wants a wider photo- 35x25mm or if they mean a vertical photo. They mention 35 x25mm but the box on the PAN Card application form seems like they want a taller- 25x35mm photo. (Please note that the box on the form is not in exact size so neither of the 35x25 nor 25x35mm photos will exactly fit in the form!)

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We sent photos to NSDL in both sizes and asked which photo they want. They did not reject or approve tall or wider photos. They just mentioned that the photo needs to be in 35x25mm size! Also, nowhere online nor on their forms, do they provide any samples for PAN card photos. Our inquiry at PAN card processors in India indicated that they do not care about the size of the photo, as long as the face can 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.

DSC-based Online Application for New PAN (Form 49A)
Application for fresh allotment of PAN can be made through the Internet. Further, requests for changes or corrections in PAN data or requests for a reprint of a PAN card (for an existing PAN) may also be made through the Internet.
The online application by foreign nationals can be made here. For instructions, see https://www.protean-tinpan.com/services/pan/instructions49AA.html

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PAN Card Photo Details

'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 the image on the 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 an Indian passport which shows up to shoulders. The photo 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 the PAN Card photo is taken in good light and has 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.

How To Take Photos at Home For PAN Card:

First, make sure the photo you send us meets the following requirements:
  • Full UPPER HALF BODY view with all facial features visible.
  • The face should neither be too bright nor too dark
  • If wearing spectacles - a reflection of light from the glasses should not be visible.
  • White or near-white background with no visible shadow on the face or background.
  • Do not wear a white/ light-colored shirt as it blends with a light background.
  • 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?
A 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 a PAN?
A PAN or Permanent Account Number is a number�for identification given to all people in India who pay taxes. It is an electronic system that can record all the information for a company or individual against one PAN number.
It is also compulsory to quote PAN in all documents about financial transactions notified from time to time by the Central Board of Direct Taxes. Some such transactions are the 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. 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 a 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)}

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

5. 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 by resident Indians and Indian companies. For foreign nationals, please use Form 49AA. A PAN application (Form 49A) can be downloaded from the website of the 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.

*Page last updated: June 06, 2023.