How to Generate and Activate UAN?

Universal Account Number (UAN) is a 12-digit number assigned to every member of the EPFO. It helps an employee to obtain and manage information related to their EPF account. Find out EPF applicability details and how the UAN can be generated and activated step-by-step.

As per the provisions of Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 establishments with 20 or more employees must mandatorily register with the Employee Provident Fund Organization (EPFO). Under the Employee Provident Fund (EPF) scheme, an employee is required to pay a minimum of 12% of basic wages towards the scheme. The employer is also required to make an equal contribution to the employee’s account, but not exceeding 12%.

Universal Account Number (UAN) is a twelve-digit number assigned to every member of the EPFO, that helps an employee to obtain and manage information related to their EPF account. An employee may have multiple Member Identification Numbers (Member ID) when they change employer, but the UAN remains the same.

Documents Required for UAN Activation

The mandatory documents required for UAN registration and authentication:

  • Bank account information including the IFSC code, account number, and branch name.
  • The PAN Card: Your PAN must be connected to the UAN.
  • The Aadhaar Card: Because the mobile number and bank account are connected to your Aadhaar card, it’s required to be provided in order to obtain a UAN.
  • Some other ID or residence evidence that might be necessary.

UAN generation

EPFO assigns a unique UAN to every employee at the time of initial registration to the EPF Scheme by the employer. It can quickly be done on the EPFO employer portal, provided the employer has registered the establishment through Shram Suvidha Portal. To register an employee for UAN, the employer has to perform the following steps:

UAN generation

UAN generation

1. Visit Government of India  EPFO Homepage

UAN generation

2. Sign in to Establishment using establishment ID and password
3. Click on “Register Individual” tab in the “Member” section
4. Enter the employee’s details such as PAN, Aadhaar, bank details, etc.
5. Approve all details in the “Approval” section.

A new UAN will be generated for the employee which can be easily linked to the PF account. To avoid duplication, the employer needs to ensure that valid documents such as identity proof, address proof, bank details, and Permanent Account Number (PAN) are collected for registration during the employee onboarding, both in the form of soft copy and hard copy for future reference. In case an employee already has a UAN, they just have to let the new employer know of their existing UAN.

It is the duty of the employer to inform the employees of their UAN number. But in case they do not, an employee can obtain their UAN with their Member ID, PAN, Adhaar from the EPFO portal by following the steps below:

1. Visit  Member Home

UAN generation

2. Click on the link “know your UAN status”
3. Enter the required details (PAN or Aadhar or Member ID)
4. Click on “Get Authorization Pin” to get an OTP on the registered mobile number.
5. Enter OTP to receive SMS that will include the UAN and its status

UAN activation

An employee can perform UAN activation at the UAN member portal by following the steps below:
1. Visit the UAN eSewa  portal
2. Click on the link “Activate UAN”

UAN generation

3. Enter the required details (PAN or Aadhar or Member ID)
4. Click on “Get Authorization Pin” to get an OTP to the registered mobile number.
5. Enter OTP and click on Activate UAN to make UAN active.

Once the UAN activation process is completed, the member will receive a password in their registered mobile number which can be changed as per their choice.

Using the UAN as user id and password a member can log in to MEMBER e- SEWA to avail the EPF passbook service. The UAN passbook service lets the member keep track and manage their EPF balance from the comfort of their home.

Linking Adhaar to UAN

Online procedure:
1. Visit Member Home
2. Sign in to the MEMBER e-SEWA using UAN and password
3. Select “KYC” under the “Manage” tab
4. Select the option for “‘Aadhaar’”
5. Enter the required details (name and Aadhaar Number)
5. Click “Save”
The process of Aadhaar link is completed when “verified” status is shown next to the Aadhaar number.

Offline procedure:

The offline procedure of linking Aadhaar to UAN is by visiting any of the EPFO’s branches or Aadhaar CSE (Common Service Centre). There, the member needs to submit a request form with a self-attested copy of their Aadhaar card. Upon verification, it will be done which shall be confirmed by a notification to the registered mobile number.

EPFO has come a long way since its inception in 1952. It has taken various steps along the way from providing a social security service to making EPF claim settlement easier, and UAN is one such significant step.



FAQ’s

1. You can activate your UAN again if you change jobs?

Since UAN is a unique identification number that can be used only once, it need not be activated again any time you switch jobs.

2. Why is there a need to provide all the previous member IDs in the Universal Account Number?

The purpose of a Universal Account Number is to consolidate all the Member Identification Numbers that have been issued to an individual employee. This consolidates the information about all the schemes under which an employer has made contributions on behalf of an employee, making it easier for the employee to check all his/her accounts.

As per the new proposed changes, employees would need to disclose their previous Member ID or UAN in Form-11.

3. Can employees on contract register for the UAN and avail online facilities?

Employers with 20 or more permanent employees are required to generate Universal Account Numbers for employees making ₹ 15,000 a month or more from the sixth of the following month onward. In addition, both full-time and contract employees can sign up for UAN online after their employers have activated the account number.

4. Is the application for UAN registration free of charge?

The Universal Account Number (UAN) is free to activate, and there is no fee of any kind associated with it.

5. Is it the employer or some government authority that assigns UAN?

The Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) distributes Universal Account Number (UAN) to an employee when he or she enrolls with the EPF.

6. You can use your UAN to transfer funds even if you do not link Aadhaar with it?

You cannot transfer funds or claim pension fund withdrawal unless your Aadhaar number is linked with your UAN. You must seed your Aadhaar number with your UAN.

7. For any online claims, is UAN mandatory?

For any kind of online claims associated with PF or pension, you need a valid UAN.

8. Is it possible to get more than just one UAN?

Only one UAN is assigned to each individual. It can be used by the employee while they are a part of any other eligible employer.

9. For an employee who is a PF subscriber, is the PAN linked with the UAN?

Yes, UAN has to be mandatorily linked with PAN. Moreover, a subscriber must also ensure that Aadhaar is also linked.

10. Are employers allowed to withhold employee provident fund (EPF) balances upon firing an employee or terminating a contract?

No, this cannot be done because EPF accounts are linked to UANs, which are transferable between eligible and registered employers.

11. What is a PF account number and a universal account number?

For withdrawals of EPF funds, a PF number is required. This comprises all PF information and details concerning the affected employee’s transactions with the organisation.

UAN stands for Universal Account Number. The UAN comprises information concerning all the Member Ids of an employee. A UAN is eligible throughout an employee’s lifetime and will remain a permanent number. If an employee switches jobs, the UAN will remain the same.

12. Can an employee have more than one UAN assigned under a single name?

Employees can only have one User Account Number (UAN) under a single name. It is transferable across eligible employers.

13. Can UAN be activated via a mobile app or through SMS?

You cannot activate your UAN through SMS at the moment. The only currently available method of activation is by registering online on the EPFO member portal, or through the Umang app.

14. Can personal details be updated for UAN? What is the process?

After updating their details in the universal account number portal, employees will receive an acknowledgement message with a unique verification code that they must enter before any update is made.

15. Can UAN activation be done offline?

To avail EPFO’s online services, employees have to register for UAN, the universal account number. This can be done only online.

Employees must provide updated information on their employment to their employers, which employers must confirm and submit to the concerned officers. After confirmation, the information will be available in the UAN portal.

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    Comments

      1. comment-author
        Rishabh Ranjan

        Hi R Senthilkumar,

        Sadly, as of now there is no online option to change/correct your father’s name. You can get your father’s name changed offline by filling out a joint declaration form, attaching documents and physically submit the same to your employer who will then send it to EPFO.

    1. comment-author
      Gayathri Govindaraj

      After enter Member Id for get UAN number ,it shows as ‘ not UAN found against the entered details ‘ ..

      1. comment-author
        Rishabh Ranjan

        Hi Gayathri,

        EPFO didn’t allot UANs for employees who resigned prior to Dec 2013, In case you’re still employed after December 2013, then you can either contact the employer or send them your correct member id to get UAN.

    2. comment-author
      Mehdi Hassan

      Dear Sir,
      Greetings for the day !!
      I am Mehdi Hassan from Indore, India.
      Nowadays my account is invalid but before one year my PF account is valid and I forget my user id, password and Change the mobile no also sir please help me the withdrawn my pf balance amount. So, I request to you sir please help me.

      With Regards
      Mehdi Hassan

      1. comment-author
        Rishabh Ranjan

        Hi Mehdi Hassan,

        EPF account will not become invalid. You need to give the correct details while seeding login credentials. By resetting the password, you will be able to submit the online PF claim. If an error still occurs, then you can contact the respective PF office and submit the physical claim form.

    3. comment-author
      Kavita

      I sought vRS in october 2004.
      Am I eligible for higher pension?
      I am ready to pay back the difference between my basic at the time of my retirement 9700/- n contribution @ 6000/- to EPFO.As had been offered to banks a few years back n LIC long back.
      My pension is now 1238/- something.
      Eagerly waiting for your reply pls.
      Thanking you in anticipation

      1. comment-author
        Rishabh Ranjan

        Hi Kavita,

        Since you’re already claiming a monthly pension, eligibility of higher pension is doubtful. I suggest you approach your pension disbursement office to get more clarity on this matter.

    4. comment-author
      Mohammed Arif

      Hello sir
      good day

      I am Mohammed Arif I was working one pvt limited company between 2011 to 2014 he deducted EPF every month now at this time i have only my UAN number so any options i am going he was gave the OTP in my old number and my old number was allotted any other person so how can update my mobile number.

      1. comment-author
        Rishabh Ranjan

        Hi Mallela,

        If you were referring to changing your mobile number on the EPFO portal, then here’s what you need to do:

        Visit this page, enter the UAN, Captcha, and click on Forgot Password and follow the instructions. Here’s a detailed blog on how you can change your mobile number.

        As for linking your Aadhaar on the EPFO portal, open the EPFO website, log in, enter your Aadhaar details in the empty field under Manage > Basic and hit Save. The request for approval will then go to your employer.

    5. comment-author
      Haneef qureshi

      Hi, sir
      I have uan number but number is not activated.
      Through member Id name is not matching.
      Aadhar and pan details not matching.
      Note:through member id only name is not matching.
      Through aadhar and PAN entered details not matching.
      After entered Member Id for get uan number it shows as ‘ not UAN found against details.
      Please give me suggestions

      1. comment-author
        Rishabh Ranjan

        Hi Haneef,

        You need to contact your employer with all your correct details. If your details don’t match the records, then you can submit the joint declaration form to the employer with necessary enclosures for correction in PF records. Once the corrections are administered, you will be able to activate your UAN.

    6. comment-author
      Dhruv Joshi

      I have lost my phone number registered with Uan. I cannot activate UAN. Please help me how to resolve this. I have never activated UAN. Now when I am trying to activate UAN. I do not have my number.

      1. comment-author
        Rishabh Ranjan

        Hi Dhruv,

        You can change his mobile number on the UAN portal by clicking the ‘Forgot Password’ option. Here’s the link where you can find it:

        https://unifiedportal-mem.epfindia.gov.in/memberinterface/

        As soon prompts for the UAN and Captcha, you need to feed in the details and then hit ‘Submit’.

        Then you will see this prompt: ‘Do you wish to send OTP on the above mobile number? : Yes No’

        Here click on ‘No’, verify your details on the next page and proceed.

    7. comment-author
      BASKKARAN

      Hai Sir
      Im Baskkaran. Employed in Private concern and and at the age of 47 years i came in VRS in July 2007
      and now I have completed 60 years. Till date i have not claimed my PF amount. I want to withdraw
      all my PF contributions as well as pension contribution too.
      Wheather ii is possible to withdraw my pension contribution not opting for pension in future
      If yes, what form i should fill.

      Kindly clarify.

      1. comment-author
        Rishabh Ranjan

        Hi Baskkaran,

        If you have less than 10 years of contributions then you can withdraw both PF and Pension amounts accumulated in your PF account number.

        In case your contributions exceed 10 years you can only claim PF. As for the pension amount, you will get a certain sum on a monthly basis; however, you will have to submit all the necessary documents.

    8. comment-author
      Omanakumari

      Hallo, Rishabhji,
      I was working in a limited company in 2004 – 2006, the PF was deducted from my monthly salary, company issued me a PF Number. I do not have UAN & Member ID. Now I am trying to find the PF Balance but I am unable to do the procedure with PF number which I have. I tried to get UAN & member ID but I could not get through. How can I get the UAN Number & Member ID.

      1. comment-author
        Rishabh Ranjan

        Hi Omanakumari,

        UAN was allotted by the EPFO during the year 2014. Any employee who resigned before 2014 will not have a UAN.

        On the basis of the PF Number, an employee can either approach the employer or the respective PF office to know details about PF accumulations.

      1. comment-author
        Rishabh Ranjan

        Hi K Paramesh,

        You need to link your current mobile number to your Aadhaar card. Once done, you can link your Aadhaar to your UAN as part of KYC so that you can avail the online PF benefits. Please note that linking of the updated Aadhaar Number to your UAN as part of the KYC process has to be approved by your employer through Digital Signature Certificate (DSC).

    9. comment-author
      Mithilesh Tiwari

      Sir, my date of birth is wrong and we did not take the correction letter from our company and submit the information in the drop box of Aadhaar card PANCARD sub puff office Bandra

      1. comment-author
        Rishabh Ranjan

        Hi Mithilesh,

        You can complete the submission online by logging into the EPFO portal with your UAN and password. Keep your Aadhaar Card handy. This option will be under “ Modify Details” after successfully logging in.

    10. comment-author
      Jayaraj

      Sir,
      I have taken an amount of Rs. 44857/- during on 03.11.2007 from eps after my vss from PPCL and started getting eps @ Rs. 526/- and now @ Rs.557/- monthly after deduction against advance taken by me. After deduction of Rs. 110880/- approximately ( 1250-557 = 693/- x160 months=110880/-) I am only getting a monthly Eps of Rs. 557/- only even today. Can u please help me to get the original Eps.

      I am now 66 years. Can i apply for Indhira Gandgi national oldage pension if i am getting Eps. Please help me

      1. comment-author
        Rishabh Ranjan

        Hi Jayaraj,

        Details furnished are incomplete for the query raised. To address the query, please provide employee Date of Joining (service), Date of Leaving (service), Date of Birth and wage details during the time of VRS.

    11. comment-author
      GOVINDA KALCHAR

      While activating UAN OTP is not receiving on registered mobile (but I am getting messages in my mobile when my employer deposits PF) what may be the problem sir

    12. comment-author
      JITENDRA KUMAR MEENA

      EPFO website doesn’t send OTPs now. I want to know my UAN. It is already activated (as it says in “Activate your UAN” section).
      When i go to “Know your UAN” and fill details, I don’t receive OTP, tried so many times. I know my Member ID though. Let me know if there is any way to know UAN by member id. Thanks

    13. comment-author
      Alagarsamy

      Hello Risabh Bro, I am not remember my uan password, not having old mobile, kyc not updated. Is there any way to recover password.please help me friend

      1. comment-author
        Rishabh Ranjan

        Hi Alagarsamy,

        The way I see it, the only way you can change your password or modify details on the PF portal is by changing your mobile number. Before updating the new mobile number on the PF portal, please ensure that you update the same (or any other details) on your Aadhaar card.

        To updates demographic details (Name, Address, DoB, Gender, Mobile Number, Email) as well as Biometrics (Finger Prints, Iris & Photograph) in Aadhaar you will have to visit Permanent Enrolment Center.

        Once Aadhaar details are updated, please visit the EPFO member portal, log in, and under ”Manage” click on ”Modify Basic Details”.

    14. comment-author
      Supriya

      When iam trying to activate UAN it will shows like ” UAN is not linked
      any establishment.can not active ”
      What should i do ?

      1. comment-author
        Rishabh Ranjan

        Hi Supriya,

        Please check if the UAN is correct and issued by your employer.

        If the said UAN is generated by you on the PF portal and it isn’t linked to any employer PF account, then such a UAN cannot be activated.

    15. comment-author
      Venkataraju

      I am entering correct information to the best of my knowledge in UAN activation form. but clicking on “get authorization pin” error pops up saying entered details cannot be matched to any member.
      what might be the issue and how to resolve this?

      1. comment-author
        Rishabh Ranjan

        Hi Venkataraju,

        You need to contact your employer or get the details as reported in the PF records by the employer while activating UAN.

    16. comment-author
      Bhavana

      Hi,
      My name under UAN and AAdhaar is different due to name change post marriage. Now my new employer is requesting for UAN card with updated name and the offline process via joint declaration form is taking more than 45 days to get it updated. I have forgotten my password for the online portal hence unable to do the process online.
      Can you please let me know if the employer can create pf account even in case of mismatch in name. My UAN is active and Aadhaar is already seeded.
      Appreciate your help.

      1. comment-author
        Rishabh Ranjan

        Hi Bhavana,

        With your old name, your UAN can be mapped to the new employer’s PF code. Post mapping, you can apply for name correction online or by submitting a joint declaration form through your present employer.

    17. comment-author
      Sai

      Hello Sir
      Employer shared my UAN number, when i am trying to activate UAN it is showing that “member name does not match with the available data in the unified portal”
      Pls reply to me how to solve this.

      1. comment-author
        Rishabh Ranjan

        Hi Sai,

        You need to specify your details while activating UAN such as name, father’s name, and date of birth as per the data submitted in the PF portal.

    18. comment-author
      shauray

      one of my client had old epf member id and wants to withdrawl epf but unable to do so because uan no is not generated

      1. comment-author
        Rishabh Ranjan

        Hi Shauray,

        This case may be prior to June 2014. Employees who do not have a UAN number can submit the composite claim form by mentioning their PF number at the respective PF office with necessary enclosures such as Aadhaar, PAN and a cancelled cheque with the employee name printed on it.

    19. comment-author
      Brahma

      I have created UAN number two days back trying activate I. Getting exception like UAN Is not linked to any establishment. Can not activate. Kindly revert if you know anything about it.

      1. comment-author
        Rishabh Ranjan

        Hi Brahma,

        UAN number will be generally issued by the employer. If you’ve created UAN on your own, you need to share it with your employer for mapping under their PF code for activation.

    20. comment-author
      Hiren

      Hello,
      I withdrew pf of my previous job and received a pension certificate also. As I resigned before 2013 I was not alloted UAN number. There was no aadhar available then .
      Now years after I joined a new job and got UAN number . I tried to link my old member id with new UAN but git the message that aadhar details are not matching. Could you guide please

      1. comment-author
        Rishabh Ranjan

        Hi Hiren,

        Since you quit before 2013 and withdrew PF you cannot link the old member id with your current UAN.

        As for the Scheme Certificate, you can surrender it to your present employer’s PF office by mentioning the present employer’s PF details.

      1. comment-author
        Rishabh Ranjan

        Hi Bhagabat,

        With regard to employee name, gender, and date of birth, the correction can be made online through your UAN (by logging into the PF portal) and with an Aadhaar card. Please ensure that your name, surname and other personal details are updated for your Aadhaar, PAN, and bank account.

        For the correction of father’s name, date of joining , date of leaving etc., the process to correct/edit details needs to be initiated by submitting a joint declaration form duly attested by the employer.

    21. comment-author
      PUSHPARAJ

      Hi sir
      Im Pushparaj from to chennai tamilnadu. My wife Josephin in Inland facitily management pvt Lmt. for 5-years working. my wife salary silp are only for PF Number only it but UAN Number not mission for salary silp. please kindly for request UAN Number.

      1. comment-author
        Rishabh Ranjan

        Hi Pushparaj,

        You can approach your respective employer for your UAN as it’s allotted by the EPFO based on Member ID.

    22. comment-author
      Krishna

      Hi Rishabh,

      I am not able to login to epfo it is showing” Aadhar not seeded with UAN. Kindly seed aadhar through employer”.

      I had contacted my employer and they are saying they are getting demographic details mismatch error while trying to link.

      Does demographic details means only name dob and gender ?
      In my name in aadhar ( shrikrishna) and in epfo it is (shri krishna) does that extra space is the one which is causing issue?

      If it is the one how to correct it so that i can seed aadhar as i am not able to login into epfo.

      1. comment-author
        Rishabh Ranjan

        Hi Krishna,

        You need to visit the Aadhaar facilitation centre in order to get the demographic error rectified. This can be fixed by redoing the biometric if all the details in Aadhaar card are correct, such as name, father’s name, gender and date of birth.

    23. comment-author
      S R Chowdhury

      D/sir
      I worked in a pvt construction co, suppose ‘A'(pf under trustee) initially for 14years 7months,(continuous),on exit withdrawn pf amount, but no pension amount withdrawn (in 1996). Then worked in different pvt cos, from where withdrawn both pension and pf, even I worked again in the same co.’A’ from
      2006-2014, pf and gratuity withdrawn, scheme certificate demaded through form 10c/10D,no scheme certificate received against pension fund (at the age of 57).
      Now I am 64+(till date,no effort for pension due to health problems). Would you please suggest if any scope to get pension? Having UAN but no passbok( active service since 1981-2014) 1St job left from ‘A’ in Sept 1995. Awiting reply.Thanks

      1. comment-author
        Rishabh Ranjan

        Hi SR,

        You are eligible for pension.

        You need to apply with Form 10D; fill all details in the form to avail monthly pension.

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