Universal Account Number (UAN) – Check UAN Passbook and Other Services


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The salaried individuals in India are allotted an exclusive identification number known as Universal Account Number or UAN.  Let us take a look at the details of Universal Account Number (UAN) and its importance, in this post.

The Universal Account Number lets an employee contribute a share of their salary to the EPF account. The EPFO or the Employer’s Provident Fund Organization allots this number to every salaried individual. This unique number makes identifying PF accounts easy and hassle -free for the employees. Let us understand the Universal Account Number (UAN) in detail.

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What is a Universal Account Number (UAN)?

The Universal Account Number means a 12-digit unique number that is issued by the government of India and is controlled by the Employment and Labour Ministry. This unique number is assigned to all salaried employees who contribute a share of the salary in their EPF (Employee Provident Fund) account.

You may note that the Universal Account Number (UAN) is allotted to an employee only once and can never be changed again. So, all through the professional life of a person, the Universal Account Number (UAN) remains the same despite the number of job changes. However, every new employer might allocate a new member identification number to the employee which finally gets linked to the primary Universal Account Number from the previous organization.  Hence, with every job switch the new member ID is linked to the already existing UAN and it stays unchanged.

How to get a Universal Account Number (UAN)?

A Universal Account Number (UAN) is allotted to an employee from various sources such as:

  • You can get it from your Employer – As per the guidelines of the EPFO, employers assign the UAN number to the employees. Some employers print the Universal Account Number (UAN)on the salary slip of the employee
  • You can get it through Online Universal Account Number (UAN) Portal – In some instances, where the employer does not provide the Universal Account Number (UAN) to the employee, they get it online through the UAN Portal

Here are the steps that an employee can take for Universal Account Number (UAN) registration online:

  • Visit the Universal Account Number (UAN) website https://unifiedportal-mem.epfindia.gov.in/memberinterface/
  • Go to “Know your Universal Account Number (UAN)” and click it
  • Submit your mobile number and the captcha given on the page
  • Now click the “Request OTP” tab
  • You will be redirected to a different page. Here, fill in the basic details like
  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Aadhaar card number or PAN Card or Member ID (whichever is applicable as per requirement)
  • Submit the captcha and click on the “Show my UAN” tab
  • Finally, you can see your UAN number on the screen

How to Activate your Universal Account Number (UAN) Number?

Only having a UAN will not be enough if it is not activated.  Hence, if an employee wants to activate their UAN online, they must have UAN as well as PF member ID.

Below are the steps to follow if you want to activate your UAN on the EPFO portal:

  • Visit https://epfindia.gov.in/site_en/
  • On the main page, click on the services tab and go to the tab called “For employees”
  • Now, scroll down and click on ‘Member UAN/ Online Service (OCS/ OTCP)’ tab
  • Here, you will be redirected to the UAN portal https://unifiedportal-mem.epfindia.gov.in/memberinterface/
  • Click on the “Activate Universal Account Number (UAN)” tab located in the low right
  • Fill in all the required details like:
  • UAN
  • Aadhaar card number
  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Mobile number
  • Captcha mentioned
  • Now click on ’terms & conditions’
  • Finally, click the tab of “Get Authorization Pin”
  • You will receive an OTP on your registered mobile number
  • Under the disclaimer box, enter the OTP received on the mobile
  • Now Validate the OTP received and activate UAN
  • Once the UAN gets activated, you will be sent a password on the mobile to access the UAN Account

Highlights of Universal Account Number (UAN)

Here are the key highlights of the Universal Account Number (UAN):

  • Universal Account Number (UAN) is a number created once in a lifetime, it never changes
  • Universal Account Number (UAN) stores the data related to your PF account in one place
  • Universal Account Number (UAN) helps the EPFO in different ways, such as:
  • In getting the bank details of the employee
  • KYC of the employee without asking the employer
  • Tracking down the number of switches made by the employee
  • UAN has lowered the ratio of untimely withdrawals of EPF

Benefits of UAN for Employees

  • UAN helps the employee to withdraw money online easily from the PF account
  • Balance can be transferred or carry-forwarded easily
  • Further, it also allows the employees to track down any past withdrawal, deposit, current balance, etc.
  • It allows transparency between the employee and the employer, which minimizes the chances of fraud
  • Employees can keep a regular Universal Account Number check on the PF contribution to confirm whether their PF amount is being regularly deposited by the employer or not

Documents Required for Universal Account Number (UAN)

The following documents are needed at the time of opening your Universal Account Number (UAN):

  • Bank details – Bank name, IFSC Code, Account number, Branch name
  • Identification proof – Passport size photographs, Aadhaar card, Driver’s license and Passport, etc.
  • Address proof – Electricity bill, Voter ID card, Ration card, etc.
  • Among other documents, Aadhaar Card is mandatory
  • Also, it is compulsory to link Pan Card to Universal Account Number (UAN)
  • ESIC Card is another requirement

To Conclude

Whether you are a government employee or a private job holder, it is very useful to have UAN or Universal Account Number India. Tracking employee history in terms of their professional life becomes easy with Universal Account Number login. Hence, every salaried person must have a UAN.
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FAQs on Universal Account Number

What is a Universal Account Number in India?

UAN is a 12-digit identification number, which is assigned to every salaried individual by the government, which makes managing EPF easy.

How to have a Universal Account Number sign in?

You can sign in to the UAN by using PF number or your member ID via the UAN portal. Once you visit the UAN portal, click on the ‘know your UAN’ tab. Now enter the registered mobile number along with the captcha code to verify.  You will receive an OTP on your mobile. Submit the OTP number and validate it by clicking on the validate opt button. Next, you have to enter your details like name, DOB, Aadhar etc.  and click on ‘show my UAN’ to get the UAN number. 

Can I have two UAN numbers?

No, you cannot have two UANs. It is illegal to have two UANs at the same time. A member should have only one UAN, and all the EPF accounts must be linked with it.

What is the number of digits given in the UAN?

There are 12 UAN digits allotted in the Universal Account Number by your employer as the original Universal Account Number. When you switch jobs, any new member identification number allotted by the new employer gets linked to the primary UAN.

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