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For any type of services related to your EPF (Employee Provident Fund) account, you must have a UAN (Universal Account Number). With UAN number, you can review your passbook, check PF balances and much more. UAN is a unique 12-digit number allotted to a member, by (EPFO) the Employees Provident Fund Organisation. The UAN is a permanent number and remains valid throughout the life of the member, irrespective of change in employment. UAN number also helps in automatic fund transfer and PF withdrawal.
The EPFO has listed out a few benefits of UAN, to help understand its importance.
Firstly, UAN is a lifelong account number. It eliminates the need for having a different provident fund account while changing your employer or organisation. This eliminates the need for remembering more than account details.
Secondly, UAN has the facility to link more than one PF account of the same member. For instance, if you decide to change your job, you can transfer your current PF account, link it with a new job and continue to contribute in your PF account. This increases your saving balance, and further increases your pension benefits on retirement.
Furthermore, UAN number is a digitally authenticated KYC (Know Your Customer), which would club all of your previous PF account numbers. Considering it is a digital process, you need not have to visit any branch like the in case of a bank, to club your accounts.
With Aadhaar enabled UAN Number, you can submit your claims directly with EPFO. Moreover, if your UAN number is linked with Aadhaar, PAN and bank account details, you do not even need your employer’s signature to process the claim, you can directly claim your PF balance.
The UAN registration process for new members on the EPFO Member Portal is easy and a short process. Users are required to follow the below-listed steps in order to register for UAN.
An SMS Based UAN activation is another easy way which enables you to activate your account by sending an SMS to 7738299899. You will be charged as per the charges applied by your telecom operator.
Once your account is activated, you can check details such as credit alerts, passbook balance, etc. You need to send an SMS in a prescribed format which is EPFOHO UAN followed by the first three characters of the language that you prefer to receive the information in.
Send EPFOHO UAN, <12-digit UAN number>, <22-digit member ID> from your mobile number to 7738299899. It is important to note that there is no space before and after a coma in the SMS format. Once your UAN is activated, you become eligible to access all the services offered by the UAN such as credit alerts, view passbook summary, EPF balance, and so on.
This service is beneficial for those members who do not have access to the internet connection, smartphones and computers.
The EPFO mobile app was launched in the year 2015 to make the UAN registration and activation process simpler. You can use the app to access your EPF and related information through the smartphone.
If you have not activated the UAN, you can do it through EPFO Mobile app. The process is similar to activating UAN through EPFO website. Follow the steps mentioned below to activate UAN through EPFO mobile app.
Once you submit the required details, you can access your account and check the information needed.
EPFO's mobile application is available on the EPFO official website in APK format for android phone users.
You can self-generate your UAN Number using your Aadhaar number. To do so, follow the steps mentioned below:
You require the following list of documents to generate your UAN number.
Bank account information: Bank account number, IFSC Code, branch name
How to Generate UAN?
The Employers Provident Fund Organisation generates the UAN for each PF account holder and makes it available to employers on the OTCP (Online Transfer Claim Portal).
Is it possible to upload my KYC document through the UAN Members portal?
Yes, it is possible to upload KYC documents through the UAN Members Portal. To do so, go to the menu option "Profile" and select "Update KYC Information" option. You can upload your KYC documents in the prescribed format from your local system. The employer will approve the documents, until then the status of your KYC will appear as "Pending".
Can I Change My Mobile Number or Email ID in the UAN Member Portal?
Yes, you can change your registered mobile number and Email ID in the UAN Member Portal. To do so, you need to go the profile menu and select the option “Edit Mobile Number” or “Edit Email ID” where you can enter a new mobile number or email ID.
How can I activate my UAN?
In order to activate your UAN, it is necessary that you have your Universal Account Number (UAN) and PF member ID with you. You can activate UAN through EPFO Official website, EPFO Mobile App and SMS. It is a simple and easy process to activate and access your UAN account.
How can I activate UAN if I change my mobile number?
To activate UAN, when your mobile number is changed, first you need to update your new mobile number on EPFO member’s portal and then follow the steps to activate UAN.
How can I activate and login to EPF using UAN?
You can activate UAN by visiting the official website of EPFO, EPFO Mobile App or by sending an SMS to 7738299899. Once you have successfully activated UAN, visit the login section in the bottom right corner of the homepage. You can log in to the portal with UAN and password.