Universal Account Number (UAN) is 12-digit long unique identification number. This number is assigned by the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO). Both the employer and employee are assigned this number (one each), so that they can contribute to the EPF account. The UAN number identifies Employee Provident Fund (EPF), and keeps it secured. So even if several PF accounts are opened for you by different employers, they will come under a unique UAN number.
However, after you switch a job, you will receive a new identification number (ID) by the EPFO, which you have to link to the existing UAN (EPFO account). When doing so, you have to let the company know about this, and do the needful on the EPFO portal by self, or request the employer for the same on your behalf.
In this post, we will discuss about purpose of UAN number, benefits and features, how to check/find UAN number, documents required, how to generate UAN, how to activate Universal Account Number, facilities on the UAN portal, how to link the same to Aadhaar details, and frequently asked questions.
If a contribution from your monthly salary goes towards the EPF account, then you will have a Unique Identification Number. Earlier however, every employee was given a unique but new number for each Provident Fund account opened by different employers.
Here are the features and benefits of Universal Account Number:
You can check your UAN number through your employer or the UAN Portal. Most of the employees do print the Universal Account Number on salary slips, so you can check this document for the same.
1) Check Through Employer: You can get in touch with your employer or the HR department of the company to know your UAN details. You can see the same on the salary slip, as deduction in your salary towards PF contributions will generally show in the salary calculation.
2) UAN Portal: Visit the Unified Portal and login with credentials.
You need to submit the following documents for the Universal Account Number generation:
Here are the two ways of generating the UAN number:
After the UAN is generated, you can activate the same this way:
Here are the UAN facilities on the Unified Portal:
Here are the UAN FAQs:
A Universal Account Number is generated for Provident Fund Account holders. The PF scheme is by the Employee Provident Fund Organization. It is available to employers on the OTCP (Online Transfer Claim Portal).
To edit the mobile number and email id for UAN, go to the Unified Portal and login. Then from profile menu, search for ‘Edit Email ID’ if you want to edit the email address, or select ‘Edit Mobile No’, if you want to edit the mobile number. Enter the new details and submit.
You have to login to the UAN portal and from Profile section select ‘Update KYC Information’. On doing so, you can upload your KYC documents from the local device. After the employer approves these documents, your KYC status will be completed. Until then, the KYC status will show as Pending.
You have to mandatorily link Aadhaar with UAN number as per the rules of the Indian government. In case you missed doing so when the UAN was first generated, you can complete the process now. Here are the steps to the same both online and offline:
Any employer can check the UANs allotted to his/her employees on the UAN member portal. He/she has to click the ‘UAN Menu’, and click ‘Download UAN List’. After this, the employer can see the allotted Universal Account Numbers for its employees and download the PDF file of the same.
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