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UAN

Universal Account Number

Last Updated 17th Jun 2021

  • UAN or Universal Account Number is a unique 12-digit number allotted to every member of Employee Provident.
  • UAN helps EPFO to track the change in the job of the employee.
  • Employees can view EPF profile 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 require 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 Universal Account Number?

UAN or Universal Account Number 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 along with various other services like transferring funds from one PF account to another, view and manage EPF passbook, track claim status etc.

Features & Benefits of Universal Account Number (UAN)

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 profile 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 Registration

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

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.

FAQs

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 the UAN and PF account number the same?

No, UAN is a universal number allotted to every employee, unlike the PF number and can be used to link all PF accounts at one place.

How can I activate my UAN?

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.

Is UAN mandatory for online claims?

Yes to submit online claims you must have a UAN number.

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 of employers.

I forgot my UAN, how to retrieve?

To retrieve your UAN, your Aadhaar or PAN must be linked with UAN. Follow these steps to recover your UAN.

  • Visit EPFO homepage For Employees.
  • 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 following ways as mentioned below:

  • Umang App
  • Biometric credentials on e-KYC Portal
  • OTP verification on e-KYC Portal of EPFO to link Aadhar.
  • On 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.


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