e-PAN is a digitally signed PAN card issued in electronic format based on e-KYC data of aadhaar, as per Income Tax Department. e-PAN facility is for allotment of Instant PAN for those applicants who possess a valid Aadhaar number. e-PAN is issued in PDF format to applicants for free of cost.
After an applicant has applied, he or she receives a 15-digit acknowledgement number. This number is generated once the online PAN application is successfully submitted. This number can also be used to keep a tab on e-Filing Portal.
e-PAN will also contain an enhanced QR code which can be utilised for PAN verification if mode is off-line.