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Online PAN Verification Process API Using PHP Laravel

Permanent Account Number (PAN) is a unique code that acts as an identification for Indian citizens who pay Income Tax. This 10-character alphanumeric identifier is assigned to all individuals identifiable under the Income Tax Act, 1961. An example is BJSPK7865D. This is issued by the Income Tax Authority of India and acts as a proof of identification. The primary usage of PAN is to identify and track all financial transactions and ensure the absence of tax evasion by tracking all economic transactions, especially those of high net worth individuals (HNI).PAN has become an indispensable tool for KYC for applications in India. Here is a short tutorial on how to integrate PAN verification into your app.The PAN API Integration facility is an interface that allows the user to make an online verification of PAN by accessing the verification-site through a software application.About Ideas2IT,Are you looking to build a great product or service? Do you foresee technical challenges? If you answered yes to the above questions, then you must talk to us. We are a world-class custom .NET development company.  We take up projects that are in our area of expertise. We know what we are good at and more importantly what we are not. We carefully choose projects where we strongly believe that we can add value. And not just in engineering but also in terms of how well we understand the domain. Book a free consultation with us today. Let’s work together.

Following are the steps to achieve the verification process

  • Digital Signature Certificate
  • NSDL e-Gov Registration
  • Server Setup
  • Integration with Laravel

Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)

The entity must have a Digital Signature Certificate (Class II or Class III) from any of the licensed Certifying Authorities specified below for digitally signing the application and the files uploaded online.

The Digital Signature Certificate can be procured from the following Certifying Authorities.

Pre-requisite for the API is a Digital Signature Certificate. We need to apply for a DSC , in the name of the applicant. When we are going for a hosted environment, in a cloud server a .PFX format is required. This can be acquired from eMudhra or any other certificate providers.

NSDL e-Gov Registration

Online PAN verification must be done by registering with NSDL e-Gov with DSC (Digital Signature Certificate) from Certifying Authorities.Details required to be provided at the time of online registration are as mentioned below:

  • Organizational Details
  • Reason for availing of PAN verification facility
  • Payment details
  • Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)
  • Details of DSC are optional at the time of online registration. However, DSC is mandatory for PAN verification. For details related to DSC, kindly refer https://www.tin-nsdl.com/pan-verify/pan-verification-prerequisite.php

Once the registration is made, the entity should forward the following documents to NSDL e-Gov:

  • Authorization letter
  • Signed copy of the Terms & Conditions should be provided on the letterhead of the Entity
  • Demand Draft/ Cheque (subject to realization) for applicable Charges
  • Screen shots of DSC*
  • Supporting document to category (if applicable & requested by NSDL e-Gov). For ex. RBI certificate, SEBI certificate etc.

Server Setup

Get Digital Signature Certificate from Certifying Authorities in the format of .pfx file and password.Download Java-based sample code for PAN verification API( using “java based .pfx code”).Extract the file using the NSDL user account password.To run the API, you need to have the latest Java installed on your server.Set classpath in the following manner.

  • To create the pan folder within the public folder and move the sample code, .pfx file.
  • Open Terminal and type the following (Replace /path/to/ with the path to the respective files)CLASSPATH=.:/path/to/bcmail-jdk16-144.jar:/path/to/bcprov-jdk16-144.jar:$CLASSPATH
    export CLASSPATH

To convert pfx into a jks (java key store) run the keystore converter.

  • Move to deliverable folder, compile the p2j.java & pkcs7gen.java files using below commandjavac p2j.java pkcs7gen.java
  • convert pfx into a jks using the below commandjava p2j certi.pfx pfxpswd oupt.jks

wherecerti. pfx is the name of the .pfx file containing the certificate and the private key.pfxpswd is the password of the pfx.oupt.jks is the name of the java key store which will be generated by executing p2j.To modify the  APIBased.java file.Open the APIBased.java file in editor, find the below codeprop.load(new FileInputStream("params.properties"));
data=prop.getProperty("data");
signature=prop.getProperty("signature");
Replace the below codedata=args[0];  //"V0139201^AMXPP6546K";
BufferedReader br = null;
String file_name="";
file_name="deliverable/"+args[1];
//"deliverable/out.sig"
br = new BufferedReader(new FileReader(file_name));
String line;  
while ((line = br.readLine()) != null) {
   signature+=line;
}
br.close();
Replace the new URL for the APIeg: String urlOfNsdl="https://59.163.223.205/TIN/PanInquiryBackEnd";
For generating the .sig file and calling API, we have to run the bellow Java commandjava pkcs7gen oupt.jks pfxpswd user_id^pan_no out.sig
javac APIBased.java
java APIBased user_id^pan_no out.sig
The sample output will be like this:Output: 1^AMXPP6546K^E^PATIL^BHUSHAN^

Here “1” is the return code and followed by details.

Return Codes with Descriptions

Error Code

Error Description

1

Success

2

System Error

3

Authentication Failure

4

User not authorized

5

No PANs Entered

6

User validity has expired

7

Number of PANs exceeds the limit (5)

8

Not enough balance

9

Not an HTTPs request

10

POST method not used

11

Slab Change Running

Integration with Laravel

Integrating with Laravel using shell execution command.Here are a few code snippets for the Laravel API calls.

Add the following route in the routes.php:

Route::group(['prefix' => 'pan/'], function () {  
Route::post('verification', 'PanVerificationController@panVerification');
});
Add the following controller file PanVerificationController.php with function pan verificationpublic function panVerification(Request $request)
{

   $validator = Validator::make($request->all(), [
       'pan_no' => 'required'
       ]);

   if ($validator->fails()) {
     return response(array(
       'message' => 'parameters missing',
       'missing_parameters' =>  $validator->errors()
     ), 400);
   }

   $pan_no = $request->input('pan_no');
   // PAN Verification api call
   $file_name='pan_request/oupt'.strtotime(date("Y-m-d").date("H:i:s")).'.sig';
   $pan_user = config('pan.pan_user');  //V0139201
   $pan_password = config('pan.pan_password');    //nsdl@1234

   // To generate oupt.sig file
   shell_exec('cd pan/deliverable; java pkcs7gen oupt.jks '.$pan_password.' '.$pan_user.'^'.$pan_no.' '.$file_name);
   shell_exec('cd pan; javac APIBased.java');
   $output = shell_exec('cd pan; java APIBased '.$pan_user.'^'.$pan_no.' '.$file_name);
   $panArray = explode("^", $output);

   if($output){
       if($panArray[0]!=1){
           return response()->json(['errmessage'=>'PAN Verification Not Successful'],400);
       }else{
           return response()->json(['message'=>'PAN Verification Successful'],200);
       }
   } else{
       return response()->json(['errmessage'=>'PAN Verification Not Successful'],400);
   }
}
Sample API call for Aadhaar verification:https://128.199.50.45:8000/api/v1/pan/verification
Input:{"pan_no":"AMXPP6546K"}
Output:{"message":"PAN Verification Successful"}

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