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On July 27, the central government deactivated 11.44 lakh PAN cards and several thousand fake PAN cards have also been identified. Minister of State for Finance Santosh Kumar Gangwar informed the Parliament that over 11.44 lakh PAN cards have either been discontinued or deactivated. This has been done in cases where more than one PAN card was allotted to an individual.

Gangwar said that till July 27, 1,566 fake PANs were identified. If you have more than one PAN card then you can check online to know which of your card is valid. For this you have to follow the procedure given below.

You can check PAN card validity status like this

  1. To know the validity of PAN card, visit the Income Tax e-filing website. Here click on the Know Your Pan button appearing on the left side of the screen.
  2. Other important information like name, status and mobile number will be asked on the next page. You give them the details. The mobile number should be the same which you have given in the PAN card form. Because OTP will be sent to this number for user verification.
  3. After entering all the details click on the submit button. After this, on the next page, enter the OTP number that has come on your registered phone number.
  4. If you have multiple PAN cards in your name then you will be asked some more questions like father’s name.
  5. After giving the requested information, you will be able to check the validity status of your PAN card. Apart from this, those PAN cards which are active will also be known.

Make it clear that the information given by you should be correct to check the validity status of PAN card. This information should match with the information given by you in the PAN card application.

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