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Universal Account Number – UAN Activation Guide

Last Update Date : April 07, 2018

UAN or the Universal Account Number is given to every EPF account holder. Since a single person can change multiple organisations and every organisation is required to open a new PF account for the new employee, remembering all the PF account numbers can be a hectic process. Therefore, UAN was introduced for storing different EPF account numbers of a single employee under a single Universal Account Number that acts as an umbrella and all the details of different account numbers are maintained in one place.

The Employee Provident Fund of India allows employees to give their UAN number to their new employer so that they can connect their new PF account to their UAN account. In this guide, we will be discussing the registration and activation process of UAN.

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.

How to know UAN number?

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.

How to generate 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
  • 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.

Documents required for generating UAN number

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

Steps for UAN activation through UAN Member Portal

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.

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’, 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.

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 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

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

Frequently Asked Questions about UAN

  1. Can I download or view my PF passbook?
    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.
  2. How can I change my email address or mobile number in the UAN portal?
    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.
  3. How to furnish correct personal details in UAN?
    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.
  4. Is the UAN facility available to the contract-based workforce (non-government employees)?
    This facility is available to every member contributing to the EPFO, even the non-government employees or the contract-based workforce.
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