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Universal Account Number (UAN) is important for EPF account holders as the entire process related to the Employee Provident Fund (EPF) services are now operated online. Thanks to UAN, accessing your PF account services like withdrawal, checking EPF balance without the help of an employer, and PF loan application is easy. This article covers everything about your Universal Account Number.

Universal Account Number or UAN

The Universal Account Number or UAN is a 12-digit unique number assigned to every employee contributing to the EPF. It is generated and allotted by the  Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO)  and authenticated by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India. The UAN of an employee remains the same throughout his life irrespective of the number of jobs they change. 

Every time an employee switches their job, EPFO allots a new member identification number or EPF Account (ID) linked to the UAN. As an employee, one can request a new member ID by submitting the UAN to the new employer. Once the member ID is created, it gets linked to the UAN of the employee. Hence, the UAN will act as an umbrella for the multiple member IDs allotted to the employee by different employers.

The UAN remains the same and portable throughout the life of an employee. The employee shall have a different member ID when switching between jobs. All such member IDs are linked to the employee’s UAN to ease the process of EPF transfers and withdrawals.

How to Know Your UAN?

Through your employer

Generally, you are allotted a Universal Account Number by your employer as per the EPFO. Some employers print the UAN number in the salary slips too.

Through the UAN portal using PF number/Member ID

If you are unable to get your Universal Account Number from the employer, you can obtain it through the UAN portal also. Simply, follow the steps below:

  • Step 3: Enter your registered mobile number and captcha for verification. Click on the button ‘Request OTP’.
  • Step 4: It will redirect you to enter your name, DOB, PAN/Aadhaar/member ID, and captcha for verification. After entering all the details, click on the button ‘Show my UAN’.
  • Step 5: You will receive a PIN on your mobile number. Enter the PIN and click on the ‘Validate OTP and get UAN’ button.
  • Your Universal Account Number will be sent to your mobile number.

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UAN login – How to activate and log in to the EPFO member portal using UAN?

To activate UAN, you must have your Universal Account Number and PF member ID with you.

Given below are the steps to activate UAN on the EPFO portal:

  • Step 1:  Go to the  EPFO homepage and click on ‘For Employees’ under the ‘Services’ tab on the dashboard.
  • Step 2:  Click on ‘Member UAN/Online services’ in the services section. You will reach the UAN portal.
  • Step 3: Click on ‘Activate UAN’ under important links.
  • Step 4: Enter your Universal Account Number/member ID/PAN/Aadhaar number, name, DOB, mobile number, email ID (if available) and enter the captcha characters. Click on the ‘Get authorization PIN’ button. You will receive the PIN on your registered mobile number.
  • Step 5: Click on ‘I Agree’ under the disclaimer checkbox and enter the OTP that you receive on your mobile number and click on ‘Validate OTP and Activate UAN’.
    On UAN activation, you will receive a password on your registered mobile number to access your account.

Features & Benefits of UAN

  • UAN helps to centralise employee data in the country.
  • It brings down the burden of employee verification from companies and employers by the EPF organisation.
  • This account made it possible for EPFO to extract the bank account details and KYC of the member and KYC without the help of the employers.
  • It is useful for EPFO to track multiple job switches of the employee.
  • Untimely and early EPF withdrawals  have reduced considerably with the introduction of UAN.

Advantages of UAN to Employees

  • Every new PF account with a new job will come under the umbrella of a single unified account.
  • It is easier to withdraw (fully or partially) PF online with this number.
  • The employees can transfer the PF balance  from old to new using this unique account number.
  • Any time you want a PF statement (visa purpose, loan security, etc.), you can download one instantly – either by logging in using the member ID or UAN or by sending an SMS.
  • There is no need for new employers to validate your profile if the UAN is already Aadhaar and KYC-verified.
  • UAN ensures that employers cannot access or withhold the PF money of their employees.
  • It is easier for employees to ensure that their employer regularly deposits their contribution in the PF account.

Documents Required to Open UAN

If you have just joined your first registered company for a job, you need the following documents to get your Unique Account Number.

  • Bank Account Info: Account number, IFSC code, and branch name.
  • ID Proof: Any photo-affixed and national identity cards like driving license, passport, voter ID, Aadhaar, and SSLC Book.
  • Address Proof: A recent utility bill in your name, rental/lease agreement, ration card or any of the ID proof mentioned above if it has your current address.
  • PAN Card: Your PAN should be linked to the UAN.
  • Aadhaar Card: Since Aadhaar is linked to the bank account and mobile number, it is mandatory.
  • ESIC card

How to Reset Your UAN Password?

  • Navigate to the login page ( https://unifiedportal-mem.epfindia.gov.in/memberinterface/ ). 
  • Choose the ‘Forgot Password’ option. 
  • Enter your UAN. 
  • Key in the captcha code.
  • You will receive OTP on your registered mobile number.
  • Enter the OTP you receive. 
  • Select the ‘Submit’ option.
  • Reset your password.

How to Download UAN Card Online?

With a valid EPF number you can easily download your UAN card by following the steps mentioned below:

Make sure you have an active UAN with a valid password for logging into the EPFO portal.

  • Visit the EPFO official website, navigate to the employee login page – unifiedportal-mem.epfindia.gov.in/memberinterface/.
  • Enter your UAN number on the Member e-Sewa page.
  • Enter your password along with the Captcha Code information displayed.
  • Click on the ‘Sign in’ option to view the EPF account page.
  • Under the ‘ View ’ section, select ‘UAN Card’.
  • The page will then display the card which is linked to your account.
  • Click on ‘ Download ’ UAN card from the options displayed on the top right-hand side of your screen,
  • You can either save a soft copy of your UAN card or print a hard copy of it for future use.

How to Obtain UAN for EPF

An employer must register on EPFO if there are 20 or more employees. If the old employer has already assigned the UAN, the employee should provide such details to the new employer. However, for employees joining the service for the first time, the eacmployer needs to generate the UAN for the employee. To generate a new UAN for the employee, the employer has to follow the below steps:

  1. Sign in to  Employer’s EPF Portal  using the ID and password
  2. In the ‘Member’ section and click on the tab ‘ Register Individual’ ,
  3. Enter the employee’s details such as Aadhaar, PAN, bank details, Aadhaar, etc.
  4. Approve all details in the ‘ Approval’  section.
  5. EPFO generates a new UAN of the employee, and the employer can link the PF account with the UAN of the employee.

How to Link Aadhaar and UAN?

The employee should follow the below steps to link UAN with Aadhaar:

Step 1:  Log in to the  EPFO portal  and click on ‘UAN Member e-Sewa’ under ‘For Employees’.

Step 2:  Enter UAN, password, and Captcha to Sign in to the portal.

Step 3:  Under the ‘Manage’ tab on the top panel, click on ‘KYC’

Step 4:  Tick the check box in front of Aadhaar, enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number and name, and save the details.

Step 5:  After submitting, your details will reflect under the ‘Pending KYC’ tab. Once the employer approves, it will reflect under the ‘Approved KYC’ tab (It will generally take 15 days for approval).

Linking your Aadhaar to the EPF account will help in faster processing of the  withdrawal  and transfer process. The present employer should approve and verify the KYC, including the employee’s Aadhaar details.

How to Change Mobile Number on the EPFO Portal?

Step 1: Visit the EPFO official website. Under the ‘Our Services’ tab, click on ‘For Employees’.

Step 2: Next, click on the ‘Member UAN/Online Service (OCS/OTCP)’ link which is present under the ‘Services’ menu.

Step 3: Key in your UAN, password and captcha to sign in.

Step 4: Next, navigate to the ‘Manage’ tab, and click on the option ‘Contact Details’.

Step 5: You will now see an option to change your mobile number or email ID. Select the ‘Change mobile no’ option.

Step 6: Once you select the ‘change mobile no’ option, additional boxes will be displayed, you will be prompted to input your new mobile number twice. Next, click on the ‘Get Authorization Pin’ button.

Step 7: Once you receive the OTP on your new mobile number, input it and click on ‘Submit’. On clicking submit, your new mobile number will be updated on the EPFO portal.

How to Update Mobile Number When You Have Forgotten Your Password?

Step 1: Visit the official EPFO website.

Step 2: Click on the ‘Forgot Password’ option.

Step 3: Enter your UAN and the displayed captcha details.

Step 4: Next, click on ‘Submit’.

Step 5: On clicking submit, you will see a request displayed for sending an OTP to your old mobile number. Click on the ‘No’ option which is found against the option ‘Do you wish to send the OTP on the above mobile number?’.

Step 6: Now, enter your name, gender, and date of birth.

Step 7: Next, click on ‘Verify’.

Step 8: Choose the method via which you would like to verify your details. You can verify details either by using your PAN or Aadhaar number.

Step 9: Enter the relevant details, click on ‘Verify’.

Step 10: Once the details you have entered get validated, key in the new mobile number in the box provided and click on ‘Get OTP’.

Step 11: An OTP will be sent to the new mobile number you have entered. Key in your OTP and click on ‘Verify’.

Step 12: You will now get an option to change your password. The password has to be entered twice in the boxes as provided. Once you enter the new password details, click on ‘Submit’. On clicking the ‘Submit’ option, the mobile number and the password will be updated on the EPFO portal.

Why Update Your Mobile Number on the EPFO Portal?

  • You can check your EPF balance by sending an SMS from your registered mobile number.
  • You can check your claim status using your registered mobile number.
  • Contributions made to your EPF account will be updated to you via SMS on your registered mobile number.
  • When an EPF withdrawal process starts, once the process of crediting the amount to your bank account begins, a notification will be sent via SMS to your registered mobile number.
  • To transfer the EPF amount from your previous member ID to your current one.
  • The validation process completes only when an OTP that is sent to your registered mobile number is entered.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who allots UAN?

    The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) allocates UAN when an employee subscribes to the EPF.

  • Can I have two UANs?

    No, an employee can have only one UAN which is transferable across all eligible employers. 

  • Is UAN mandatory for online claims?

    Yes, without UAN, you cannot submit online claims.

  • Is UAN linked with the PAN of the employee?

    Yes, the UAN is linked with the PAN.

  • Will employers withhold EPF balance when changing jobs?

No, this cannot be done as the balance in EPF accounts is linked with the UAN which is transferable across all eligible employers.

  • What is a universal account number and PF account number?

UAN stands for Universal Account Number, which comprises information concerning all Member Ids of an employee. UAN is eligible throughout an employee’s lifetime and will remain a permanent number. The 12-digit UAN will remain the same if an employee switches jobs.

A PF number comprises all PF information and details concerning the PF transaction of an employee with the issuing organisation. This number is mandatory for EPF withdrawals. 

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