#Factstory-1 [Meaning of the Numbers on a PAN Card]
PAN Cards have a 10 digit alphanumeric sequence.
10 digit alphanumeric number breakdown into 5 segments
AAM| T| P| 2433| L
Let’s look into what each segment of this sequence means:
🔸The First 3 Characters
Every PAN card’s first 3 characters represent an alphabetic series running from AAA to ZZZ.
🔸The 4th Character
This 4th character represents the status of a PAN holder, which can be one of the following:
C – Company
P – Person
H — HUF (Hindu Undivided Family)
F — Firm
A — Association of Persons (AOP)
T — AOP (Trust)
B — Body of Individuals (BOI)
L — Local Authority
J — Artificial Juridical Person
G — Government
🔺 So, a private individual will have the 4th character as P.
🔸The 5th Character
This fifth character of a PAN card is the first letter of
A) The surname in the case the status is “P”.
B) The first name of Entity, Trust, Society, Organization, HUF, etc. in all other cases.
🔺 If you change your surname after marriage or due to any other reason, your PAN card number will remain unchanged.
🔸The 6th to 9th Characters
The next four numerals are sequential numbers running from 0001 to 9999.
🔸The 10th Character
The last digit is an alphabetic check digit which is generated by applying a formula to the preceding nine letters and numbers.
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