How to Link Aadhaar with UAN and PF

By Annapoorna

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Updated on: Apr 22nd, 2024

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6 min read

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The EPFO has prolonged the UAN-Aadhaar linking deadline until March 31, 2024. Individuals can opt to link these two either through online or offline, based on their convenience. The government had mandated the linking of the Universal Account Number (UAN) with the Aadhaar card number by April 2023.

If you want to withdraw funds from your PF account, it is important to link your Employee Provident Fund (EPF) account with your Aadhaar number. This is one of many benefits of linking your EPF account with your Aadhaar number. Just like how Aadhaar number recognises an Aadhar card, Universal Account Number (UAN) identifies an EPF account.

Linking your Aadhaar with the Provident Fund(PF) account is now mandatory

Linking aadhaar to UAN will facilitate faster withdrawals and a quick transfer process. But to avail these faster services, it is important that your details are verified by your employer. After submitting, you can check for these details under the 'pending KYC' option.

If you want to file an online claim of your EPF, then it is mandatory to seed your UAN with Aadhaar. Also, your employer will be able to file Employee-cum-Return (ECR) challans and deposit funds to your EPF account only if your PF account is linked to your Aadhaar card.

The linking can be done either online on the EPFO portal or offline. 

3 Ways to Link Aadhaar With Your EPF Account

  • Using the official EPFO portal.
  • Using the Umang app.
  • By visiting the nearest EPFO office

Linking of Aadhaar with PF Account Through Online Mode

The employee needs to follow the steps mentioned below to link his/her PF to his/her Aadhaar:

Step 1: Login to the Unified Portal of Employees’ Provident Fund and click on ‘For employees’, followed by ‘UAN Member e-Sewa’

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Step 2: Enter UAN and password to log in to the portal.

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Step 3: Click on ‘Manage’ on the top panel and then on ‘KYC’

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Step 4: On the next page, under the ‘Add KYC’ tab, provide your bank, PAN and Aadhaar, passport, driving license, election card and ration card details. Then click on ‘submit’. After submitting, you can find these details under the ‘Pending KYC’ tab. Once approved by the employer (which would generally take 15 days), it will be shown under the ‘Approved KYC’ tab.

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Linking your Aadhaar to the EPF account will help in a faster withdrawal and transfer process and for that, the present employer should have approved and verified the KYC including the employee’s Aadhaar details.

Linking of Aadhaar With PF Account Using Umang App

  1. Log in to the UMANG app using your ‘MPIN’ or the ‘OTP’ option.
  2. After logging in, navigate to the ‘All Services Tab’ and choose ‘EPFO’.
  3. Choose ‘e-KYC services’, under the EPFO section.
  4. Choose the ‘Aadhaar Seeding’ option under ‘e-KYC services’.
  5. Enter your UAN and click on ‘Get OTP’. You will receive an OTP on your registered mobile number with your EPF Account.
  6. Key in your Aadhaar information.
  7. You will again receive an OTP on your registered mobile number and email address.
  8. Once the OTP verification is done, your Aadhaar will be linked to your UAN.

Linking of Aadhaar With PF Account Through Offline Mode

  1. An employee has to fill in the ‘Aadhaar Seeding Application’ form along with his/her UAN and Aadhaar number details along with other required information.
  2. An employee has to attach self-attested copies of his/her UAN, PAN, and Aadhaar with this form.
  3. An employee has to submit these documents at the field offices of EPFO or Common Services Centres (CSC).
  4. Once the verification is completed, the Aadhaar number will be linked to the employee’s EPF account. After that, the employee will receive a message on his/her registered mobile number.

How to Know if Your Aadhaar Number is Linked to Your PF Account?

You need to follow the steps mentioned below to know if your Aadhaar number is already linked to your PF account:

  1. Visit the official website –https://unifiedportal-mem.epfindia.gov.in/memberinterface/.
  2. Log in by entering your UAN and password.
  3. The member homepage will open, look for Aadhaar from the details displayed on the page.
  4. If ‘Verified (DEMOGRAPHIC)’ is written against your Aadhaar number, it is confirmed that your Aadhaar has been linked to your EPF account and it has also been verified by UIDAI.

What are the Benefits of Linking Aadhaar With Your EPF Account?

The PF needs to be seeded with an Aadhaar card before it can be linked to the UAN. To continue receiving benefits and accessing EPF, employees must link their UAN with Aadhaar, as mandated by the EPFO. All Indian employees can now access and manage their PF accounts online. 

EPFO with more than 4 crore subscribers has instructed its members to link their Aadhaar with their EPF account to facilitate easy verification of details. Following are a few benefits of linking your Aadhaar number with your EPF account:

  • You will be able to withdraw your PF online without an employer’s attestation. The complete process can be executed online in a hassle-free manner.
  • There will be lesser chances of discrepancies and errors in the data when your Aadhaar is linked with your EPF and UAN, as your information remains consistent with your Aadhaar card information.
  • Brings down the chances of having a duplicate account.
  • After the linking is approved, your Aadhaar details will show under the ‘Approved KYC’ tab.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I receive a notification once my Aadhaar card is linked to my EPF Account?

Yes, you will receive a notification on your registered mobile number and email address once your Aadhaar Card gets linked to your EPF Account.

Is it mandatory to link Aadhaar with UAN?

Yes, if you want to file an online claim for your EPF, linking your UAN with Aadhaar is mandatory. Also, your employer can file Employee-cum-Return (ECR) challans and deposit funds to your EPF account only if your PF account is linked to your Aadhaar card.

How do I know if my Aadhaar card is linked to UAN?

Log in by entering your UAN and password. The member homepage will open. Look for Aadhaar from the details displayed on the page. If 'Verified (DEMOGRAPHIC)' is written against your Aadhaar number, it is confirmed that your Aadhaar has been linked to your EPF account and has also been verified by UIDAI.

I forgot my UAN; how do I retrieve it?

You can recover your UAN if you have linked it to your Aadhaar card or PAN Card. Go to EPFO homepage>For Employees>Member UAN/Online Service>Know UAN status>Enter Details> Request OTP>Enter OTP>Enter Details>Click on Show My UAN.

How to reset my UAN password?

You need to follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Click on the ‘Forgot Password’ option using the Member Interface of the Unified portal.
  • Enter your UAN along with CAPTCHA.
  • You will receive an OTP on your registered mobile number, which is seeded with UAN.
  • Enter the OTP to reset your password.
Can multiple mobile numbers be linked to my EPF account?

No, you can link only one mobile number with your EPF Account.

Should I pay any fee to link my Aadhaar to my EPF Account?

There are no charges applicable to linking your Aadhaar to your EPF account.

Can I claim EPF without Aadhaar?

If you do not hold an Aadhaar card but have your PF number, you can complete the Composite Claim Form (Non Aadhaar). If you haven't completed 5 years of service period, you will have to fill in all the relevant details like PAN (Permanent Account Number) and attach 2 copies of form 15G or 15H.

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