How to get your phone PTA approved

    PTA stands for Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. If you want to use SIM cards on your smartphone in Pakistan then it must be PTA approved. So how to get your phone PTA approved? Below is the complete guideline to get your phone PTA approved.

    PTA approval is a method where you get your phone approved by the Govt, and pay the tax or import fee. PTA approval is only necessary for devices that are imported, henceforth you see a lot of iPhones that require PTA approval because there is no official Apple shipment to Pakistan and phones have to be imported.

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    In this article you will know all the things about PTA approval & you will know how to get your phone approved!

    Approval Rates;

    Before paying the tax, you must know how much you need to pay. So there is this method which according to me is best and most accurate.

    1. Online

    You can go to or click here

    scrool down until you find “Mobile Device Duty Information” & click it

    Now enter your Mobile IMEI and you will know the tax

    to know your IMEI dial *#06# on the keypad and you should see it.

    Now, How to get PTA approved?

    For the actual process we have 2 methods.

    1. Online

    Go to or click here

    select online mobile registration

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    Sign up if you are new user

    Select user type (Local Resident/ Foreign Traveler) & select personal.

    Enter all the necessary information & click submit.

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    You will be redirected to a login page

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    Put your information and log in

    Click on the green button

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    Click on apply for COC

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    Enter your and your phone’s details

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    Click submit

    You should receive a 4 digit code on your phone through SMS, enter that code

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    Enter the necessary information

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    Now pay tax through bank or online service

    You should receive a message confirming your PTA approval

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    2. Through SMS

    Dial *8484# on keypad

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    Select Language

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    Select option 1 “Register Mobile Phone”

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    Now Select your catagory

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    Now select option 1 if you want to approve using Passport or Option 2 if you want to do using CNIC. Tax is less using passport, for example on the iPhone 12 pro the tax with CNIC is 41,000 and while using passport it’s 31,500

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    Enter CNIC/Passport number & click next

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    Now Select sim type (E-sim does count as a sim)

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    Enter IMEI (You can find IMEI on box or by dialing *#06#)

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    Now you will receive a SMS telling you the tax, PSID and other information (Message may take up to 24 hours)

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    Now if you are using online Banking copy the PSID number, got to bill payment on your app. select Govt; tax payments & under it select FBR

    Paste the PSID & if you don’t use online banking, go to a bank and ask them for PTA tax payment they will provide you a form fill it and give tax.

    You will receive a confirmation message

    Pta approved

    You are all done and now your phone is PTA approved. I hope you liked the article, Be a responsible citizen and pay all your taxes.

    Read also; “Tesla in Pakistan”

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