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PAN and Aadhaar linking is now mandatory and should be done by September 30, 2021

As per the recent guidelines issued by the Income Tax Department, it is now mandatory for all customers, except for NRI’s and Non-Individuals, to link their PAN and Aadhaar. The deadline for the same is September 30, 2021.

In case you have not done the same, the process is simple and has been explained in this article. However, please note that inability to link your Aadhaar with PAN may lead to suspension of your ICICIdirect trading account.

How to link my Aadhaar and PAN?

There are multiple ways of linking:

1. By sending an SMS to 567678 or 56161

  1. Type a message in following format:


  2. Send the message to either 567678 or 56161 from your registered mobile number
  3. If the information provided is correct, the Aadhaar will be linked to PAN successfully

2. E-filing website can also be used to do the same. Click here.

3. One can manually fill a specified form at a PAN service center

How to check if my PAN – Aadhaar is linked?

There are multiple ways to check your current PAN –Aadhaar linking status as well

1. By SMS

  1. Type a message in the format:


  2. Send this message to 567678 or 56161 from your registered mobile number
  3. You will get the current linking status in reply

2. Via the Income Tax Department official site. Click here.

 Click on the link below to view the detailed steps to follow and link your Aadhar and PAN.

Happy investing with ICICIdirect!

How to Link? - Steps to follow


When is the last date to complete the linking process?

In case you have not linked already, the deadline for linking your PAN and Aadhaar is September 302021.

Is there any other process to complete the PAN – Aadhaar linking process?

As of now, the two mentioned steps i.e. SMS and Income Tax website are the only ways to link your Aadhaar and PAN. Both are fairly straightforward and will not take very long.

Is anyone exempted from this Income Tax Department guideline?

Only the following 2 categories of customers are exempted from the mandatory linking:

  • NRI’s
  • Non-Individuals

What additional documents may be required during the linking process?

No additional documents are required other than your PAN card and Aadhaar number.

I have sent the SMS but not receiving any status update in reply?

There may be some traffic at the backend, due to which replies can get delayed. You may try the alternate number provided, or use the website to complete the linking process in such a case.

What happens to my current investments with ICICIdirect in case I do not link my documents by September 302021?

In accordance with Income Tax Department guidelines, your ICICIdirect trading account may get blocked until your PAN and Aadhaar are linked. Do ensure linking of the same to continue trading on ICICIdirect.

Disclaimer : ICICI Securities Ltd. ( I-Sec). Registered office of I-Sec is at ICICI Securities Ltd. - ICICI Centre, H. T. Parekh Marg, Churchgate, Mumbai - 400020, India, Tel No : 022 - 2288 2460, 022 - 2288 2470. The contents herein above shall not be considered as an invitation or persuasion to trade or invest.  I-Sec and affiliates accept no liabilities for any loss or damage of any kind arising out of any actions taken in reliance thereon. The contents herein above are solely for informational purpose and may not be used or considered as an offer document or solicitation of offer to buy or sell or subscribe for securities or other financial instruments or any other product. Investments in securities market are subject to market risks, read all the related documents carefully before investing.

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