PAN Cards have a 10 digit alphanumeric sequence. Let’s look into what each character of this sequence means:
First 3 Characters
Every PAN card’s first 3 characters represent an alphabetic series running from AAA to ZZZ.
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
This fifth character of a PAN card is the first letter of:
The surname in the case the status is “P”.
The name of whatever Entity, Trust, Society, Organization, HUF, etc. in all other cases.
6th to 9th Characters
The next four numerals are sequential numbers running from 0001 to 9999.
The last digit is an alphabetic check digit which is generated by applying a formula to the preceding nine letters and numbers.