UAN stands for Universal Account Number, the new initiative from the EPFO department, which is beneficial for all the subscribers, as this will help to speed up the claim process such as PF transfer or PF withdrawal.
First time UAN members, to avail any services members need to visit EPF website.
Members should have UAN, Mobile and Member ID readily available to activate his/her UAN on the Member Portal.
The process is complete only when you update or upload your Know Your Customer (KYC) in the site.
Following documents can be used for KYC:-
1. National Population Register
3. Permanent Account Number
4. Bank Account Number
6. Driving License
7. Election Card
8. Ration Card
How To Upload KYC For EPF UAN?
Step 1: After login, go to the 'Profile' menu and select 'Update KYC Information'.
Provide the correct name as the name appears on the document and provide the document number.
Step 2: Upload your scanned copy of your KYC documents along with self attestation. One can upload multiple KYC documents out of the 8 specified KYC documents.
Note that one need to scan the KYC document first and save it as .jpg/.gif/.png/.pdf. The size of scanned document should not exceed 300kb.
Step 3: Status of KYC upload will be shown as "Pending" until the uploaded documents are approved by the employer.
Step 4: Once your employer approves, the verification status changes to 'Approved by Employer'.
It has become mandatory to have a UAN. In case, you do not have one, you should ask your employer. Mostly, employers may have applied for the same for most employees. It is unlikely that there will be a delay on this count.
The emergence of the UAN has cut the time taken for withdrawal of EPF. It has also ensured transparency and cut down on documentation. For example, today you do not need multiple ETF accounts, as if you change a job, the UAN number will remain valid.
This is remarkable for transparency and a step in the right direction.