UAN is a 12-digit number allotted to an employee for a lifetime; it remains the same irrespective of the multiple job change. This number is assigned by EPFO (employee provident fund organisation) to the employer as well as the employee. UAN is useful not only to check EPF balance and withdrawals but also for PF loan application.

How to get a UAN number?

On your first job, your employer will ask you to submit a few documents to generate your PF UAN number. This process will be done just once and the number once created remains the same throughout. On change of your job, you will get a new member identification number, which will be linked to your existing UAN number.

Listed below are the few documents that you will require for PF UAN Activation.
  • You will be required to submit your bank details- Account number, IFSC code and the branch name
  • Your identification proof – Pan Card and Aadhaar card (Both are mandatory)
  • Address proof- (This can also include an electric bill, or lease/rent agreement or photo- identity proof with the address)

How to activate your UAN number?

Here are a few ways to activate your UAN number
  • By visiting the UAN portal – select the ‘activate UAN’ option-activate your number with the generated UAN number, PAN or Aadhaar number.
  • On filling any one of the three numbers, you will be required to give your personal details along with the mobile number.
  • You will receive a verification pin in the mobile number that you provided.
  • Enter this pin and click ‘Authorise and Activate’

Ways to check your balance with UAN

Generally, the employers give you the status of your PF balance at the end of each financial year. Although if you wish to check, you can do it with the following ways.

Check your balance on EPFO portal

You can go to the EPFO portal and select for “for employee’ under our services tab. You will need to enter your PF UAN details to get the passbook which will contain the details of your PF balance.

Use SMS facility to check your balance

You will need to drop a message EPFOHO UAN to 773899899 and then select options based on the messages that you receive.

Check balance with a missed call

You can give a missed call on 011-22901406 from your registered mobile number and you will receive an SMS with the balance details.

Check balance on UMANG app

You can download the app on your mobile and log in with the UAN number and the OTP send to your registered mobile number.

UAN simplifies the process of PF transactions also helps to manage multiple PF accounts under one place. So, with UAN accessing your PF accounts are easier and organised.

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The information contained herein is generic in nature and is meant for educational purposes only. Nothing here is to be construed as an investment or financial or taxation advice nor to be considered as an invitation or solicitation or advertisement for any financial product. Readers are advised to exercise discretion and should seek independent professional advice prior to making any investment decision in relation to any financial product. Aditya Birla Capital Group is not liable for any decision arising out of the use of this information.

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