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UAN Activation is done by registering for UAN using epfo login. Once you get your UAN Number you need to activate your UAN. Click here to read the process.

UAN Activation & Registration Guide

Last Update Date : November 26, 2018

UAN activation is necessary for every individual who holds an EPF account. Without the UAN registration and activation, an account holder will not be able to check his UAN passbook as well as other crucial details. In this guide, we will be discussing the registration and activation process of Universal Account Number.

What is UAN number?

The EPFO allots a unique 12-digit number, known as the UAN number, to all the employees who are contributing to EPF. The UAN number provided to the employee remains the same throughout his life, no matter how many job switches he has made. The EPFO provides a new member identification number (ID) to the employee when he changes his job which is then linked to his UAN. This new member ID request is initiated by the employer for which the employee needs to communicate his UAN number to the new employer. The member ID is created first and then linked to the UAN of the employee. This makes it easy for employees to manage their PF accounts and can run the process of transfers and withdrawals smoothly.

UAN Portal Login and Activation

How to activate UAN?

Only having a UAN number or an account is not enough. If you want to avail the benefits of UAN, you will have to activate your UAN number. You can activate your UAN number on the unified EPFO portal as per the step-by-step process given below.

  • Go to the UAN website (1)
  • Click on ‘Activate your UAN’ which will be below the ‘Login’ column of the page.
Step 2 of UAN Activation

UAN Activation Guide


  • You will be redirected to the page given below


Step 4 of UAN Activation

  • In this page you are required to enter your UAN, Name, Date of Birth, Mobile No and the Captcha Code and then click on ‘Get Authorization Pin’. You will receive the pin on your mobile number.
  • Under the Disclaimer section, click on the ‘I Agree’ checkbox and then enter the OTP that you have received on your mobile number. Click on the ‘Validate OTP and Activate UAN’ button.

After your UAN is activated, you will receive a password on your registered mobile number which will be used for accessing your UAN account.

UAN activation through UAN App & SMS

You can also activate your UAN account through an app that the EPFO launched in 2015 to enable accessing EPFO information on the go. To activate your UAN, you are required to download ‘Umang’ (2), the app, and then enter your UAN login credentials along with your mobile number. Once the details have been submitted the requested details are sent to you.

One other way of activating your UAN is through SMS. All you have to do is type the following SMS and send it to 7738299899
EPFOHO UAN <first 3 letters of your preferred language>

For example, your preferred language is Hindi; you will have to type ‘EPFOHO UAN HIN’ and send it to the number given above.

Documents required for UAN generation

Certain documents are required if you want to generate your UAN. The following documents are needed to generate the same.

  • Bank Details – Account Number, IFSC Code and Branch Name
  • Aadhaar Card
  • PAN Card
  • Ration Card
  • ESIC Card
  • Passport
  • Driver’s License

How to get UAN number?

In case you do not get your UAN through your employer, you can get your UAN number through the unified EPFO portal. To obtain the number, you will have to follow the step by step process explained below.

  • Go to the unified EPFO portal (3)
  • Click on the ‘Know your UAN status’ tab, and you will be redirected to the following page
Steps to Generate UAN

Unified EPFO Portal

  • Select the ‘State’ and ‘Office’ from the drop-down list and then enter the ‘Est Id’ and your ‘Member Id’ (PF Id, present on your salary slip) along with other mandatory details such as name, date of birth and the mobile no. Enter the Captcha code in the space given and then click on the ‘Get Authorization Pin’.
  • You will get an OTP pin on your mobile number which you will have to enter and then click on the ‘Validate OTP’ and ‘Get UAN’ tab.
  • You will receive your UAN number on your mobile number.

UAN Registration Process for Employers

If you are an employer, it is mandatory for you to furnish the details of the new members, who have joined the company, to the EPFO department. It has been made compulsory so that a UAN is generated for a first-time employee (a person who does not have a P.F. account) or a new P.F. account of the current company can be linked with the UAN account of the employee.

UAN Registration Procedure for Member who has joined EPF for the first time

In this case, you can obtain the UAN from the EPFO portal based on the information provided in the declaration form by the member. Only after you have obtained the UAN from the portal, you can submit the ECR in respect of the member. The process of obtaining the UAN is as follows

  1. You will obtain the UAN number for the member joining EPF for the first time from the EPFO portal via a functionality online.
  2. You are required to provide the details of the member such as his name, father’s or husband’s name, date of birth, etc. along with his KYC details on the EPFO portal. The fields that are needed to be furnished with such information are present on Annexure ‘A’.
  3. You have to fill in the details as per the KYC document, i.e. Aadhaar card, to avoid future complications.
  4. You will get the UAN from the portal, and it will be available for validating for your ECR file.

UAN Number Registration for a Member who already has an EPF membership

In this case, the process is as follows:

  1. The employee has to declare his UAN or EPF account number details to the employer via the declaration form as per the current process.
  2. You are then required to link the current employment with the UAN provided before filing the ECR.
  3. The details of the member given in the UAN provided will be used in the ECR of the present establishment.
  4. You can then start remitting dues through the ECR for the linked UAN.

EPF / UAN Passbook Download

Checking your EPF balance involved a lot of difficulties in the past. You were required to be patient until the printed stated of your EPF was handed to you by your employer. However, in recent years, there has been a drastic improvement in the EPFO. Everything has been made available online, right from downloading your EPF passbook to EPF balance withdrawal. The downloading facility of EPF UAN Passbook was launched recently by the EPFO.

The procedure of downloading the passbook is explained below:

  • Visit the EPF India portal (4)
  • Go to ‘Our Services’ section and click on ‘For Employees’
  • ‘Member Passbook’ link will be present under the section. Click on that link
  • Log in with your UAN and passwordUAN passbook
  • You will be able to see your Member ID button. Click on that button and the UAN passbook will appear on your right-hand side tab.

EPFO passbook

Since it is a PDF file, you can download it by clicking on the download button that will appear at the top-right corner of the file.

[ Read: How to check EPF Balance? ]

Advantages of UAN Registration Online

When you register yourself at the UAN member e-Sewa Portal, you are liable to get the following benefits.

  • You can easily download the EPF passbook which shows your PF balance and can be used for availing a loan
  • You can link all your PF accounts thorough the e-Sewa portal
  • You can provide an alternate mobile number or email address
  • You can also transfer your EPF
  • It makes it possible for you to alter your mobile number and email address
  • If you are registered at the e-Sewa portal, you can link your Aadhaar details with the UAN

Benefits of UAN number for employees

There are a lot of benefits of UAN provided to both the employer as well as employees. You, as an employee, can avail the following benefits and the changes that UAN brought to the EPF process.

  • You can carry out the auto-transfer process of your PF accounts with the help of the UAN
  • You can merge up to 10 PF account at once using UAN. To do this, however, you will have to furnish your Aadhaar details to the UAN
  • You can make transfers, contribute or withdraw and check your PF balance (5) using the UAN
  • Once your details are seeded with UAN, you will receive a notification every time a contribution or a withdrawal is made
  • You can apply online for PF transfer

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People Also Ask

Q. How to know UAN number?

A. You can get your UAN number through your employer. A lot of employers provide the UAN number on the salary slip of an employee. You can refer your salary slip for knowing your UAN.

Q. Can I download or view my PF passbook?

A. Yes, you can download and view the passbook by logging into the member portal and then select the ‘Download’ option under which you will see a ‘Download Passbook’ option. You can also download the PDF version of the passbook through the portal.

Q. How can I change my email address or mobile number in the UAN portal?

A. To change your email address or mobile number in the UAN portal, you will have to go to the profile menu and select the ‘Edit Mobile No’ or the ‘Edit Email ID’ option. You can then enter your new mobile number or email address in the portal

Q. How to furnish correct personal details in UAN?

A. If your personal details are incorrect in UAN, you are required to submit the correct details to your employer which they will verify and then send it to the concerned officer. After the complete verification, the correct information will be directly updated in the UAN portal.

Q. Is the UAN facility available to the contract-based workforce (non-government employees)?

A. This facility is available to every member contributing to the EPFO, even the non-government employees or the contract-based workforce.

Q. How can I link my old PF account to UAN?

A. You can merge two PF accounts on the EPFO website. Click on the ‘Our Services’ tab and then click on ‘One employee – One EPF account’ button. A form will be displayed on the page wherein you will have to enter all the relevant details and submit the form.

Q. Can my current employer see my previous employers through UAN?

A. If you have a UAN number, the employer will need to verify it from your previous organisation. Therefore, the employer can see the details of the previous employment via the OTCP using UAN.


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