Universal Account Number (UAN)


What is UAN?

  • UAN, or Universal Account Number, serves as a universal identifier for individuals with multiple Member IDs from different establishments.
  • It acts as a central umbrella, allowing the consolidation of various Employee Provident Fund (EPF) accounts under one UAN.
  • The integration facilitates the linking and management of details associated with all EPF accounts on a unified platform.
  • Members can conveniently view and oversee information related to all their EPF accounts through the use of a single UAN.


Why UAN?

  • UAN addresses the challenge of high labor turnover resulting from a rise in short-term contractual employments.
  • It simplifies the process of connecting various EPF accounts for a single member.
  • Key KYC documents such as Aadhaar, Bank Account, and PAN are crucial for UAN identification.
  • The digital authentication of KYC streamlines the consolidation of all previous PF account numbers.
  • UAN serves as a lifelong account number, ensuring continuity for individuals throughout their career.
  • Integration of Aadhaar with UAN will ultimately empower members to directly access EPF services.



  • Accurate and up-to-date information regarding their EPF Account is available to members.
  • Electronic notifications for transactions, both credits and debits, are provided for EPF Accounts.
  • EPF Member Accounts are portable, ensuring seamless transferability.
  • Each Member Account is uniquely identifiable for clarity and precision.
  • Member accounts are digitally certified, preempting potential frauds and mis-credits.
  • Claims settlement occurs directly without the need for intermediation by employers.



  • EPF members who receive at least one contribution in or after Jan-2014 have UAN automatically allocated by EPFO.
  • For EPF members without a UAN and no contributions since Jan-2014, they can request EPFO for UAN allotment.
  • Any citizen, regardless of EPF membership, can request UAN allocation, which is then carried out by EPFO.
  • To activate UAN, the holder can register their mobile number with EPFO.
  • UAN holders also have the flexibility to update the mobile number associated with their UAN.



  • After activation, members receive SMS notifications regarding any transactions in their EPF account.
  • Members have the option to obtain details about their PF account by giving a missed call.
  • The EPF mobile app is available for download, enabling members to monitor and track their EPF account conveniently.
  • Members can compile a list of all their existing EPF accounts, and EPFO will assist in consolidating these accounts.



  • With Aadhaar-enabled UAN, members have the option to directly submit their claims to EPFO.
  • Online applications are available for all EPFO services, eliminating the necessity to visit employers for claims attestation.
  • Particularly beneficial for members undergoing frequent job or location changes.
  • Members can independently download their UAN card.
  • No need to rely on employers for claims processing.



  • Obtain UAN from the current employer.
  • Activate the UAN by visiting UAN Members e-sewa at https://unifiedportal-mem.epfindia.gov.in/memberinterface/
  • Furnish necessary KYC details, including Aadhaar, Bank Account information, and PAN.
  • Compile a list of all previous EPF Account numbers with EPFO.
  • For assistance, reach out to the UAN Help Desk at 18001-18005 or visit epfindia.gov.in -> Our Services -> For Employees -> Services -> UAN Help Desk.



  • Upon joining a new establishment, share the KYC details with the new employer.
  • If KYC information was not provided to the previous employer, ensure to furnish it to the new employer.
  • If KYC details were already provided to the previous employer, hand over the same information to the new employer.
  • This process streamlines the auto-transfer of the previous EPF account to the new establishment.

                                                                                        Advantages of EPF

Provident Fund for Employees:

  • Mandatory participation for all employees earning up to Rs 15,000.
  • Accrued funds disbursed upon retirement, resignation, or demise.
  • Allows partial withdrawals for purposes like financing life insurance, acquiring a house or site, funding marriage, education of children, and medical treatment.

Pension Scheme for Employees:

  • Eligibility for pension after completing 10 years of service and reaching the age of 50.
  • Guaranteed minimum pension of Rs 1,000.
  • Pension benefits extend to dependents, including widows, children, dependent parents, and nominees.

Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme for Employees:

  • Maximum admissible amount is Rs 6 lakh.
  • Offers insurance coverage to employees, providing financial security in the event of death.