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How to Pay PTA Mobile Registration Tax

Paying PTA mobile registration tax has become mandatory for anyone who imports mobile phones from foreign countries and wants to use them permanently in Pakistan.

Over the last few years, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has introduced strict laws to prevent the use of mobile devices or any other gadgets in acts of terrorism. For this reason, every mobile phone device must now be registered with PTA. Moreover, users have to pay a certain amount of tax on all devices imported from foreign countries.

IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) registration with PTA is essential if users do not want their mobile devices to get blocked. The registration process is quite easy as PTA has introduced an online mechanism for people’s ease.

iStuff.pk has prepared a complete guide on the PTA mobile registration process and tax payment plans below.

Why Is It Important to Register Mobile Phone Devices With PTA?

Most non-PTA-approved devices are subject to misuse by different fraudulent networks working in Pakistan. These mobile devices have also been used in different terrorist activities previously. So, to keep a record of each user, PTA has introduced the registration process in collaboration with FBR.

Moreover, Pakistani nationals or foreigners coming from abroad play a big role in the import of electronic gadgets to Pakistan, which puts a burden on the country’s economy. Keeping these imports in balance is another reason why PTA initiated the registration process.


Cons of Non-PTA Registered Mobile Devices

Most non-PTA-approved mobile devices cannot be used with SIMs 60 days after their import to Pakistan. Once a specific amount of duty/tax on their devices has been paid, PTA unblocks them and the SIM cards can be used again.


Updated Tax List Issued by PTA



PTA duties/taxes were introduced for the first time in 2019 in the form of DIRBS. According to the official FBR website, the Device Identification Registration and Blocking System is designed to identify non-compliant devices operating on local mobile networks. It automatically registers such devices and eventually blocks them.

The rates of taxes on electronic devices have been updated over time. The following table shows the latest rates of PTA taxes:

Mobile Phone PTA Tax Calculator (Passport)


Updated PTA Taxes on CNIC and Passport

Updated PTA Taxes on iPhone 11, iPhone 12, iPhone 13, & iPhone 14 series

Devices Tax on Passport (PKR) Tax on CNIC (PKR) 
iPhone 11 79167 99734
iPhone 11 Pro 100302 122982
iPhone 11 Pro Max 101080 123838
iPhone 12 mini 93989 116038
iPhone 12 96502 118802
iPhone 12 Pro 109248 132823
iPhone 12 Pro Max 109248 132823
iPhone 13 mini 108979 132527
iPhone 13 108979 132527
iPhone 13 Pro 108979 132527
iPhone 13 pro max 108979 132527
iPhone 14 107706 131126
iPhone 14 Plus 107706 131126
iPhone 14 Pro 115751 139976
iPhone 14 Pro Max 115751 139976

OnePlus 9 Tax Payable:

PKR 72500 (On Passport)
PKR 85600 (On ID Card)

OnePlus 9 Pro Tax Payable:

PKR 108000 (On Passport)
PKR 132000 (On ID Card)

Apple iPhone XS (All Variants) Tax Payable:

PKR 73,634 (On Passport)
PKR 93,647 (On ID Card)

Apple iPhone XS Max (All Variants) Tax Payable:

PKR 75,998 (On Passport)
PKR 96,248 (On ID Card)

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G (All Variants) Tax Payable:

PKR 52,000 (On Passport)
PKR 68,800 (On ID Card)

New PTA taxes on Samsung Galaxy A13, A23, A33, A53, & A73

Devices PTA Tax on Passport (PKR) PTA Tax on CNIC (PKR)
Galaxy A13 PKR 17,280 PKR 20,031
Galaxy A23 PKR 17,280 PKR 20,031
Galaxy A23 5G PKR 17,280 PKR 20,031
 Galaxy A33 5G PKR 37,204 PKR 41,991
Galaxy A53 5G PKR 38,420 PKR 43,329
Galaxy A73 5G PKR 52,700 PKR 63,470

New PTA Taxes on the OnePlus 10 Series

Devices PTA Tax on Passport (PKR) PTA Tax on CNIC (PKR)
OnePlus 10R 56,020 67,210
OnePlus 10 Pro 34,340 38,841
OnePlus 10T 52,700 63,470

New PTA taxes on Samsung Galaxy S22 Series

Devices PTA Tax on Passport (PKR) PTA Tax on CNIC (PKR)
Samsung S22 Ultra 5G 106,580 129,888
Samsung Galaxy S22+ 5G 92,980 114,928
Samsung S22 5G 91,280 113,058


How to Pay PTA Tax Online


Office Table with tax papers, calculators, and pencil

With the introduction of DIRBS by FBR and PTA, the payment of PTA taxes has become easy. Following is the procedure for registration and payment of taxes online with PTA:

  • Go to the official website of DIRBS and create an account.
  • Register your device on the DIRBS portal.
  • Read the guidelines given on the DIRBS website before filling out the form.
  • Provide the required details on the form and select the purpose of using your device (personal or commercial). Commercial users have to get themselves registered with DIRBS for the payment of taxes.
  • Choose the right user type, which can either be a Pakistani local or a foreigner.
  • After filling in all the fields, submit the form. Make sure you have entered the correct information with the right email address.
  • Check your email and verify the information sent by PTA to your address.


Application for Certificate of Compliance

  • Once you receive the confirmation email from PTA, use the credentials provided to log in to your account.
  • Under the dashboard icon, click on the option for Individual Certificate of Compliance.
  • Further options will appear; select Apply for Individual COC.
  • Provide a SIM number with any local mobile network operator.


How to Provide a Device’s IMEI Number?

For the registration of devices, users are required to provide details such as the IMEI number of the device, the number of SIM cards, etc.

They can get the IMEI number of the device for each SIM by dialing *#06#.


Generation of PSID (Payment Slip Identity)

After submitting the IMEI number, the system will generate a specific PSID, which can be used for the payment of taxes on the mobile device to make it PTA-compliant.


Payment of Taxes

After the generation of PSID, you can easily pay taxes through any bank account online with a direct bank transfer. However, other mobile wallet accounts can also be used for the payment of taxes.

What Is Sales Tax Ad Valorem? | PTA Mobile Registration Tax

Ad valorem sales tax is the percentage of tax imposed on the monetary value of different taxed items. In simple words, it is an additional 17% sales tax that is charged on the monetary value of mobile phones along with the import duty/tax.

So, according to the new policy, PTA taxes are not the same for all mobile phone devices. The value of tax will vary according to the value of the mobile phone.

PTA keeps updating its policies for the registration of mobile phone devices, so keep visiting the official website for the latest updates.

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