Imagine a special number that follows you throughout your work life in India, even if you change jobs. That’s the UAN or Universal Account Number. It’s like a unique ID for your employee benefits, specifically your Provident Fund (PF).

The Indian government, through the Employee Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), gives you this 12-digit number. It stays with you forever, so you don’t need to worry about getting a new one each time you start a new job.

Remember your UAN - it’s important for managing your PF benefits!

What is UAN?

UAN stands for Universal Account Number. It’s a unique 12-digit number given by the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) in India. Think of it as a master key for all your Provident Fund (PF) accounts.

Here’s what makes UAN special

  • One number for all your jobs: You get one UAN throughout your career, even if you change jobs. This makes it easy to track and manage your PF in one place.

  • No more juggling accounts: When you switch jobs, your new employer links your UAN to your new PF account. This way, you don’t have to worry about managing multiple PF accounts.

  • Easy access online: With your UAN, you can access your PF details online through the EPFO portal. This includes viewing your contributions, checking your balance, and even making updates.

Overall, UAN simplifies managing your PF and ensures a smooth experience throughout your working life.

How to Activate Your UAN Online

The Universal Account Number (UAN) is a special code that lets you manage your Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) account online. With a UAN, you can check your account balance, withdraw funds, and more, all from a computer or phone.

Here’s how to activate your UAN online:

  1. Visit the EPFO website: Go to the official website of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO):
  2. Find the activation link: Look for the section called “UAN Member e-SEWA” or “For Employees”. Under this section, you should find a link that says “Activate UAN”. Click on this link.
  3. Enter your details: On the next page, you’ll need to enter some information, including:
    • • Your UAN (if you don’t know it, you can find it on your payslip or by contacting your employer)

    • • Your Aadhaar number

    • • Your name

    • • Your date of birth

    • • Your mobile number

  4. Get an authorization code: Once you’ve entered your details, click on the button that says “Get Authorization Pin”. An authorization code will be sent to your mobile number.
  5. Enter the code and activate: Enter the authorization code you received on your phone and click on the button that says “Validate OTP and Activate UAN”.
  6. Congratulations! Your UAN is now activated, and you’ll receive a password on your phone. You can now use your UAN and password to log in to your EPF account and manage your funds online.

Remember: This process is only for activating an existing UAN. If you don’t have a UAN yet, you’ll need to get one from your employer.

Activating your UAN for EPF (Employee Provident Fund)

Here’s what you need to know about activating your Universal Account Number (UAN) for your EPF account:

What you need:

  • Your UAN number (if you have one)

  • Member ID (if you have one)

  • Aadhaar number

  • PAN card details

How to activate your UAN:

  1. Visit the EPFO website:
  2. Under the “Sign in” section, click on “Activate UAN”.
  3. Enter your UAN, Member ID (if available), Aadhaar number, and PAN details.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the activation process.

If you’re a new employee:

  • If you’re starting a new job in a company with more than 20 employees, your employer will handle obtaining a UAN for you.

  • If you already have a UAN from a previous job, provide the details to your new employer.

For employers:

  • You can obtain a UAN for your new employee by logging into the EPF Employer Portal using your company credentials.

  • Search for the “Register Individual” option and enter the employee’s details, like PAN, Aadhaar, and bank information.

  • Once approved, the EPFO will generate a UAN, and you can link the employee’s PF account to it.


  • Keep your UAN and other details confidential.

  • Never share your UAN or other personal information with anyone claiming to be from EPFO. EPFO will never ask for such information over the phone or email.

  • You can use your UAN to access various EPF services online, such as checking your account balance and managing your nominations.

How to Find Your UAN (Employee Provident Fund Account Number)?

Don’t worry; finding your UAN is easy! You’ll usually get it from your employer after they link it to your EPF account. But if you need to find it yourself, follow these simple steps:

  1. Head to the UAN Member e-SEWA Portal:
  2. Look under “Important Links” and click “Know your UAN”.
  3. Enter your registered mobile number and the captcha code. Click “Request OTP”.
  4. You’ll receive a one-time password (OTP) on your phone. Enter it along with the captcha code.
  5. Finally, enter your name, date of birth, and your Aadhaar/PAN/member ID. Click “Show my UAN” to see your UAN.

That’s it! Now you have your UAN.

Activating your UAN on the EPFO Portal

Here’s a simple guide to activating your UAN (Universal Account Number) on the EPFO (Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation) website:

  1. Visit the EPFO Member Portal: Go to the official EPFO website and look for the “Member e-SEWA” section.
  2. Find the “Activate UAN” link: Under “Important Links” on the right side of the page, click on the link that says “Activate UAN”.
  3. Enter your information. Fill in the following details
    • • Your UAN or member ID

    • • Your Aadhaar number

    • • Your full name

    • • Your date of birth

    • • Your registered mobile number

    • • The code displayed on the screen (captcha code)

  4. Get the PIN: Once you’ve entered all the information, click the button that says “Get Authorization PIN”.
  5. Verify the PIN: An authorization PIN will be sent to your mobile number. Enter this PIN in the designated field on the website.
  6. Activate your UAN: Click the button that says “Validate OTP and Activate UAN”.
  7. Receive your password: Upon successful activation, you’ll receive a temporary password on your mobile number.

Now you’re ready to go! You can use your UAN and the temporary password to log in to your EPF account and access various features like checking your account balance, tracking your contributions, and managing your profile.

Linking your Aadhaar with your UAN: A simple guide

Here’s how to easily link your Universal Account Number (UAN) with your Aadhaar card through the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) website:

  1. Head over to the EPFO Member e-SEWA Home Page and log in to your EPF account.
  2. Once logged in, look for the “Manage” section and click on “KYC”.
  3. On the KYC page, choose “Aadhaar” and enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number along with your name exactly as it appears on your Aadhaar card.
  4. Finally, click on “Save”.

That’s it! Your request will be processed, and once approved, your employer’s name and confirmation from UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) will be displayed on the portal.

Here are some additional points to remember:

  • To activate your UAN, you will need to provide some documents like a PAN card, bank details, an Aadhaar card, passport (optional), and additional proof like utility bills or government ID cards (optional).

  • UAN is important because it allows you to:

    • • Manage all your PF accounts under one roof.

    • • Transfer your PF accounts online when you change jobs.

    • • Access various online services offered by EPFO.

Benefits of using UAN:

  • Track your PF accounts easily.

  • View your PF passbook online anytime.

  • Request partial PF withdrawals online.

  • Check the status of your claims online.

By linking your Aadhaar with UAN, you can enjoy these benefits and manage your PF account more efficiently.

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