From 3rd February 2014, the procedure for PAN allotment will undergo a change.
From 3rd February 2014 onwards, every PAN applicant has to submit self – attested copies of proof of identity (POI), proof of address (POA) and Date of Birth (DOB) documents and also produce original documents of such POI/POA/DOB for verification at the counter of PAN facilitation centres.
List of documents of POI/POA/DOB is given in the instructions part of Form 49A/ 49AA.
The copies will be verified vis-a-vis their original documents at the time of submission of PAN application and will be returned to the applicant after verification.
This is as per Directorate of Income Tax (Systems) notification no. S.O. No. 3794 (E) dt. 23.12.2013. Download the Press release