Today EPFO launched one more initiative of employees friendly. This is upfront online allotment, registration, or activation of EPF UAN.
What is UAN?
Universal Account Number or UAN account is a unique number allotted to each employee, under which you have multiple EPF number IDs allotted by your employer will be tracked. Suppose if you join a new company then you just need to submit a UAN number to your employer.
It is like a PAN number. Whenever you change the job, just need to quote this UAN to new employer. Your old EPF account will continue under one umbrella of UAN.
Long back, I wrote a post on this EPF UAN. You can read it at “EPF Universal Account Number (UAN)-What it is?“.
How to activate or register the EPF UAN online through Aadhaar number?
Earlier employers were only allowed to allot and activate the EPF UAN. However, now EPFO started the facility through which a general citizen can activate the EPF UAN online themselves (this includes the prospective employees).
But do note that to activate this facility you must have Aadhaar number and also the registered mobile number with Aadhaar. Because the OTP will be sent to the registered mobile number.
Once you enter the OTP, then based on your Aadhaar details, the data will be automatically fetched like your name, date of birth and gender details.
Once you join employment, then just provide this EPF UAN to an employer.
1) Visit EPFO’s Unified Member Portal. Below the login page, you will find the “Important Links”. Under that, click on “Online Aadhaar Verified UAN Allotment”.
2) In the screen opened now, the user has to enter his/ her Aadhaar Number and click button “Generate
OTP”. On clicking on the same OTP will be sent to his/ her registered mobile number.
3) The screen displaying the Basic Details available against the Aadhaar entered by the user will be opened.
The user can verify his/ her details and enter the requisite data in the mandatory fields provided in the screen.
The user can then click the Register button after entering the captcha and selecting the box in the disclaimer
4) On clicking the “Register” button the UAN will be allotted and will be displayed as the message to the
Now you have registered your EPF UAN successfully.
How to active your UAN online?
Once you register the same, then you have to activate it online. To active UAN number online, you need to have an EPF account number with you. If you have an old EPF account number, you can use it to activate UAN number. In case, you join a new organization, you can provide the allotted UAN number to your new employer and get it activated with new EPF account number.
To activate the same, again visit EPFO’s Unified Member Portal. Below the login page, you will find the “Important Links”. Under that, click on “Activate UAN”.
Then you will see the below screen. Here, you have to enter the UAN number and also the EPF details. Here it will ask for your PAN number and also contact details. Just provide the details and click on the tab “Get Authorization PIN”. You will receive a PIN on your mobile number. Your UAN then gets activated and linked to your EPF account.
I hope the process is so simple and it hardly takes any time. Hope this will resolve the problem of activation of EPF UAN.