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Universal Account Number

Last Updated 27th Nov 2021

  • UAN or Universal Account Number is a unique 12-digit number allotted to every member of the Employee Provident Fund.
  • UAN helps EPFO to track the change in the job of the employee.
  • Employees can view EPF profiles and access information such as name, date of birth along with managing service history of previous and current organisations through UAN.
  • UAN has made it convenient to transfer or withdraw funds from PF accounts online.
  • Employers are required to submit documents such as Updated Aadhar Card, PAN Card, Bank account details, Identity Proof, Proof of Address and ESIC Card for UAN registration of the employees.
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What is a UAN Number?

UAN full form is Universal Account Number (UAN number). It is a unique 12-digit number allotted to every member of Employee Provident (EPF) for his/her EPF account. With a UAN number, employees can easily access information about their funds in the EPF accounts with former and current employers. Also, uan number helps in other services like transferring funds from one PF account to another, view and manage EPF passbook, track claim status etc.

Features and Benefits of UAN Number

The Universal Account number helps the employees and employers to track various PF related activities. These are some of the benefits of UAN.

  • UAN helps EPFO to track the change in the job of the employee.
  • As the employee switches to a new job, the EPFO can easily update the same as all the PF accounts are linked at one place.
  • With the UAN, it has become easy to identify genuine PF accounts.
  • Employees can easily access UAN facilities like transfer of funds, withdrawal of funds etc. online.

Why Is UAN important?

  • UAN is a unique number allotted to every employee and is independent of employer type.
  • Employers can easily authenticate employees if it is KYC verified.
  • With an online mechanism of PF fund transfer, employers can't deduct or hold back PF.
  • Employees can easily track the monthly deposit if he/she has registered on the EPFO portal using UAN.
  • Employees can also easily access the EPF passbook through EPFO portal.

UAN Advantages for Employees

Employees can view EPF profiles and access information such as name, date of birth along with managing service history of previous and current organisations through UAN. Below mentioned are some of the advantages of UAN.

  • With the help of UAN, employees no longer need to be dependent on employers to access various services related to PF accounts as it can be accessed easily through an online UAN member portal.
  • Once the UAN Member account details are verified, funds from the old PF account can be transferred to the new PF account without any hassle.
  • Employees can also avail SMS services to receive alerts as and when employers contribute to PF.

Online UAN Allotment Process

The process of online UAN allotment process is done in the stages as mentioned below:

  • EPFO allot UAN number to PF account holders.
  • The Employer then downloads the details of UAN.
  • The UAN number is then transferred to the concerned employee.
  • Finally, the employee can view, manage PF accounts through UAN.

Documents Required for UAN

Employers would require the following documents for UAN registration of the employees.

  • Updated Aadhar Card of the applicant
  • PAN Card
  • Bank account details and IFSC
  • Identity Proof- Driving License, Passport, Voter Id etc
  • Proof of Address
  • ESIC Card


To upload KYC documents on EPFO, follow the below mentioned steps:

  • Visit the EPFO’s member portal
  • Enter your UAN and Password
  • Fill the Captcha
  • Now, go to the “Manage” from the top menu bar
  • Select the “KYC” option from the drop-down menu
  • You will be directed to a new page, where select “Document Type” and other fields
  • Click on the checkbox which documents you want to update
  • Fill “Document Number” and “Name as per Document”
  • Click “Save”
  • Once your employer approves the document you will receive an SMS for the same

How to Create UAN login?

To create a UAN login perform the following steps:-

  • Go to UAN Member Portal
  • Click on the Direct UAN Allotment by Employees link
  • Enter the Aadhar number and click generate OTP
  • You will receive your UAN

How to Activate UAN Account?

To activate UAN account follow the given below steps:-

  • Visit the EPF Member Portal.
  • Click on the “Activate UAN” present from “Important Links” section.
  • Enter the required details
  • Click on “Get Authorization PIN”.
  • For activation enter the PIN (PIN is sent to the registered mobile ID).
  • A system generated password will be given.

How UAN has made it Easy to Withdraw/Transfer Funds

With the introduction of UAN, it has become easy to withdraw or transfer funds from multiple PF accounts at one place. These are some of the ways through which the process of utilising PF funds has become much more comfortable.

  • Employees can link all the PF accounts without any hassle.
  • Once employees give UAN to the Employer, they can manage their account online after the KYC verification.
  • It has become possible to get a monthly update on the mobile on deposits made by the Employer in the PF account.
  • If UAN is linked with the PF account, the intervention and dependence on the Employer are much less.
  • The process of withdrawal of funds has become less with the possibility of availing of PF services online.

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How to get a UAN number?

While employers provide a UAN number to the employees or the same is mentioned on the salary slips. You can know your Universal Account Number on the official UAN portal using your PF number or member ID.

How to Activate UAN Number?

To activate your UAN, you need to follow the steps as mentioned below:

  • Visit EPFO website and on the right side of the page click on Activate UAN under the important links.
  • Now, enter your UAN, date of birth, mobile number, captcha code and click on 'Get Authorisation Pin'
  • Next, verify all the details and tick the checkbox next to I agree.
  • Finally, enter OTP received on your registered mobile number and click on Validate OTP and Activate UAN.

How can I know my universal account number?

While employers provide a UAN number to the employees or the same is mentioned on the salary slips. You can know your Universal Account Number on the official UAN portal using your PF number or member ID

Is UAN mandatory for online claims?

Yes, to submit online claims you must have a UAN number. In case you have not generated a UAN number you can visit EPFO online portal.

How has UAN made it Easy to Manage EPF?

With UAN, all PF accounts are linked at one place, and thus it is easy to view and manage PF related services online without much intervention from employers.

I forgot my UAN, how to retrieve?

To retrieve your UAN, your Aadhaar or PAN must be linked with UAN visit EPFO homepage For Employees. and click on Member UAN/Online Service and then on UAN status. Next, enter details and click 'Get Authorization Pin' . Finally, get an OTP and click to agree to the terms and conditions.

How to link Aadhaar with UAN?

You can link your Aadhaar with UAN using the Umang App, biometric credentials on e-KYC Portal, OTP verification on e-KYC Portal of EPFO to link Aadhar or by visiting the EPFO portal.

What to do if two UANs get allotted?

Every employee has a unique UAN, and in case you are allotted two UAN, the same must be reported to EPFO. After successful verification, the old UAN will be blocked.

How to generate uan password for the first time?

To generate a UAN password visit the website of EPF- https://unifiedportal-mem.epfindia.gov.in, then click on Know your UAN Status option. Now a new page will appear, then select a state and office from the drop down menu. Enter the required details-PF number/member ID etc. Click on 'Get Authorization Pin'. Now you will receive a PIN on the registered mobile number, enter the PIN and click on 'Validate OTP and get UAN'. A UAN number will be sent to the registered mobile number.

How to get a UAN Number through SMS?

To activate UAN number through SMS you should send from a registered mobile number at 7738299899. The SMS should be sent like this “EPFOHO UAN״ to 7738299899.

Can an employee have two UAN Numbers?

No, an employee cannot have two UAN numbers. Having two UAN numbers is against the guidelines and illegal. In case this happens, it is better to report to EPFO at the earliest.

Is the UAN number linked with the PAN of employees?

The UAN number is based on kYC authentication, thus, the UAN number is linked to the employee's PA. Linking PAN with UA number can help in making EPF related claims.

What is a UAN Passbook?

UAN Passbook is an online statement book for EPF members, similar to how bank account holders have a bank passbook. The UAN member passbook helps in tracking various deposits and withdrawals transactions of EPF accounts.

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