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    Universal Account Number (UAN) For EPF Members: 6 Things You Should Know


    Universal Account Number (UAN) will act as an umbrella for the multiple Member IDs allotted to an individual by different establishments.

    What this means, when an individual changes the company, EPF number changes with it. The UAN will help to link all the previous companies member IDs.

    Also read: How to activate EPF or Provident Fund Based on UAN?

    Universal Account Number (UAN) For EPF Members: 6 Things You Should Know

    The main object of UAN is to link multiple Member Identification Numbers (Member ID) allotted to a single member under single Universal Account Number.

    If a member is already allotted Universal Account Number (UAN) then the person is required to provide the same on joining new establishment to enable the employer to in-turn mark the new allotted Member Identification Number (Member ID).

    1) How to get an UAN?

    UAN is provided by your employer. Your UAN is readily available with employer.

    In case you have not received the same, one can check the HR department.

    2) How to access through portal?

    Members need to visit the UAN based Member Portal website i.e.

    Initially, member will have to activate his UAN by selecting a link given 'ACTIVATE YOUR UAN' on the Member Portal.

    Also read: How to Check EPF or Provident Fund Balance With UAN Number?

    Member should have UAN, Mobile and Member ID readily available to activate his/her UAN on the Member Portal.

    3) UAN card download

    Yes, surely. You need to login first with your valid UAN and password. Then go to 'Download' Menu and select an option 'Download UAN Card'.

    PDF of UAN card can be downloaded by selecting a link given for this particular task and accordingly, you can take a printout.

    4 ) What is the purpose of listing of previous member IDs?

    The idea is to list multiple Member Identification Numbers (Member Id) allotted to a single member under single Universal Account Number.


    This will help the member to view details of all the Member Identification Numbers (Member Id) and further enable to check the eligibility for online transfer claim through the options 'List Previous Member ID' and 'View Status' from the Menu 'Previous Member ID'.

    In future there is no need to list the member ids as it will be linked automatically on the basis of Form-11 information. Member needs to disclose his/her UAN/Previous Member ID to the new employer through Form-11.

    5) What is to be done in case if there is a job change?

    You need to simply declare your UAN to your subsequent employers.

    6) Steps to download or take a print

    1. Login-(User Name will always be your UAN)
    2. Download Menu and select the option 'Download UAN Card'
    3. Click on the download symbol which you can see when you open the UAN card.

    Source: EPFO 

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