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Your Only Reliable Source in the USA to get PAN Card Photos

OnlinePassportPhoto.com is a leader for Indian PAN Card (Permanent Account Number) photos. PAN Card photos, 25 x 35mm, are very different than the USA passport photos which are 2x2 inches in size (around 51x51mm). It is difficult to find PAN card photo service at any local store, including Walgreens, CVS, Walmart 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 a mobile phone (if you are using a phone, make sure you take photos during bright day light) and take a photo of yourself, upload it on our website and make a payment. You are done! You can get photos same day at your local Walgreens, CVS, Target or WalMart store. We have helped thousands of Indian nationals with PAN card photos..

Customer Feedback about our Indian Passport Photo service:

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 ~ 900pm and picked up from Walmart at 1100am next day. Service is great and I even got an honest suggestion to load a new digital image as earlier one wasn't going to be good. Whole transaction was handled professionally and efficiently with quick email updates. Thanks a lot!
Ashok May 15, 2014


I ordered pictures for PAN card. I am really impressed by the quick, efficient and quality service provided by onlinepassportphoto.com After I uploaded my pictures, they were edited and send 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 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 happy with your decision.
--Bhavdeep Singh (Chicago, USA)

 

PAN Card Photo size:

'Individual' applicants should affix two recent colour 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 image on PAN card will depend on the quality and clarity of photograph affixed on the acknowledgment.

Please note that
(i) "The photo is to be like indian type of passport which shows upto shoulders. The photos should show 50 to 60% covers head portion and the balance upto and below 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 printed on Matt paper. So to make sure your photos are scanned with minimum issues, please email us address of Walmart if you are picking up photos at your local store. Only Walmart prints photos of online orders on Matt paper. All other stores print them on glossy paper. Or, you can ask us to email the photos which you can take to Costco which also prints on Luster (which is very similar to Matt) or get it printed yourself. Note: We have seen photos printed on glossy paper also accepted without issues so it does not seem like a big deal.
(iii) In the specs they mention White background, but some customers have reported that the NSDL scanning prefers a slightly blue/very light blue background so unless you specify, we will create photos on very light blue background.

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: 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.

PAN Card Photo sample

As we know, none of the USA based stores- CVS Passports, Walgreens Passport Photo center, Walmart Passport photo center, or Costco Passport Photos- offer passport photo service for Indian PAN Card photos. On the other hand, we offer this unique service at the most competitive rates. We offer 8 Indian PAN Card Photos delivered to your home for just $7.95. If you have an urgent need, let us know the address of a local Walgreens store after placing your order with us (or on PayPal order itself) and we will make the photos available for pickup at your Walgreens store usually within 24 hours on business days.

How To Order Indian PAN Card Photos:

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

  • Full UPPER HALF BODY view with all facial features clearly visible.
  • Face should neither be too bright nor too dark
  • If wearing spectacles 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 white/ light colored shirt as it blends with 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?
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 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 statutory responsibility of a person receiving document 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 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 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 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 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 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. Designation and code of the concerned Assessing Officer of Income Tax department will have to be mentioned in Form 49A.

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