Reportedly about 81 Lakh Aadhar numbers and 11 Lakh PAN numbers have either been deactivated or deleted. From July 1, the 12 digit Aadhar number is made mandatory for Income tax return filing and as well as for applying for a new PAN card and the last date to link your Aadhar number to your PAN is August 31. If you have not already linked your Aadhar number with your PAN, make sure you do it before the last date and before that check if both your identities are still active.
Here’s how you can check the status of your Aadhaar:
A tool on the UIDAI website, called ‘Verify Aadhaar Number’, enables service providers and holders of Aadhaar number to verify if their “Aadhaar number is valid and is not deactivated”. Using this tool, an individual can “check if an Aadhaar number is valid or not deactivated”, according to the UIDAI portal – uidai.gov.in.
Go to the ‘Verify Aadhaar Number ‘ link on the UIDAI website.
The ‘Verify Aadhaar Number’ tool can also be accessed by visiting the UIDAI website. Once you are on the UIDAI website’s homepage, find the ‘Verify Aadhaar’ link on the right hand side of the page.
Enter the 12-digit Aadhaar number in the relevant box to verify if your Aadhaar number is valid or not deactivated, a message on the UIDAI website reads.
For active Aadhaar numbers, the next page will display a message confirming the status of the Aadhaar number entered. After completion of the Aadhaar verification process, the tool also displays basic information about the Aadhaar holder such as age band and the last three digits of the registered mobile number.
In case of invalid Aadhaar numbers, the page says the number “doesn’t exist” at the end of the verification process.
How to check the status of your PAN
Go to the Income Tax Department’s e-filing website – incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in.
Click on the ‘Know Your PAN’ option on the left side panel.
On the next page, fill up your details carefully. You need to enter details such as name, status (individual, Hindu Undivided Family etc.), date of birth and phone number.
Entering the details on the Income Tax E-Filing website and click the ‘Submit’ button.
On the next page, enter the OTP or one-time password received on your registered mobile number and hit ‘Validate’.
If the PAN number is not duplicated it will be indicated as ‘Active’ under the ‘Remarks’ column.
In some cases, the website gives this message: “There are multiple records for this query. Please provide additional information.” Fill in the required details again and click ‘Submit’ to check again.