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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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
If you have just joined your first registered company for a job, you need the following documents to get your Unique Account Number.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) allocates UAN when an employee subscribes to the EPF.
No, an employee can have only one UAN which is transferable across all eligible employers.
Yes, without UAN, you cannot submit online claims.
Yes, the UAN is linked with the PAN.
No, this cannot be done as the balance in EPF accounts is linked with the UAN which is transferable across all eligible employers.
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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