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PAN number is now mandatory

SEBI has posted a circular (MRD/DoP/Dep/SE/Cir-13/06, Sep 26 2006) that makes a PAN card mandatory, from Jan 1, 2007, for all customers who buy or sell stocks in Indian Stock Exchange. In addition, the PAN card must be verified by the brokers visually – so they need to see the original PAN card, and you need to provide them with a copy.

Now even if you don’t trade regularly it is necessary for you to go to your broker’s office and provide them with a copy of your PAN card. This applies to online trading accounts as well.

Failing to do so means you will not be allowed to trade, and your account may be frozen post Jan 1, 2007. Please do this promptly and enjoy the holidays!

  • Anonymous says:

    >Thanks for that piece of info. Now i understand, why ICICI telemarketers have been calling me up and asking for – PAN copy, add proof etc. again. I already have ICICI DIRECT account. The reason cited by them for asking PAN and other docs again was that – “sirjee, all docs have been destroyed in mumbai floods”. Why cant ICICI come in open and ask for all such docs?

  • Musa R Kaiser says:

    >Hey Anonymous,

    The ICICI guys are telling the truth. Several thousand forms were destroyed a few months back in the Mumbai floods. (I know this because I am a stock sub-broker with ICICI Direct and I had one big headache doing all this for my clients 🙁

    The PAN Card issue is a separate issue.

    Best wishes & riches,


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