Ajit Samal
by on November 12, 2020

UAN stands for Universal Account Number; it is a 12-digit number which is allotted by Employees' provident fund organisation (EPFO) to each member of the EPFO via which he/she can manage his/her PF accounts. This specific number is issued by the Ministry of Employment and Labour under the Government of India.

If a member already possesses his/her UAN then he/she needs to provide the same on joining the new organisation so that the employer can put the new allotted member ID number to the already allotted UAN.

The number is compulsory for all the employees. It not only helps in managing the EPF account but also PF transfer and withdrawals becomes much smoother and simpler than before.

Bear in mind that in most of the cases, the employer extends the UAN and the employee just has to get it activated by rendering the appropriate KYC documents to the employer. It is a one-time permanent number which remains the same across one's career.

On joining a new establishment, the foremost thing you have to do is to ask your employer for a ‘new form no. 11 declaration form’ to provide the existing UAN and if you don't possess a UAN number then you can just provide your last PF number along with the date of leaving from your last job.

How to generate UAN online?

Are you seeking How to generate UAN? Then don’t look anymore, here is your answer. You can self-generate your UAN via Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) official website by simply using your Aadhaar card.

As this is process gets enable with a one-time password (OTP) process, only those who have linked their phone number with Aadhaar will be able to self-generate their UAN.

With the use of this facility, you will receive an OTP on your registered phone number and post verification, the system will fetch fundamental information like name, date of birth, etc. and the same will be demonstrated on your screen. After the verification and submission of your form, your UAN gets generated.

Here we have compiled and brought the step-by-step process so that you can self-generate your UAN using Aadhaar:

  • Visit the unified portal (member) of the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).
  • Click on ‘Online Aadhaar Verified UAN Allotment’.
  • Enter your Aadhaar Number and click on "Generate OTP".
  • Put the received OTP on your registered mobile number.
  • Accept the disclaimer given therein by clicking on the box and click on "Submit".
  • Enter basic information available against your Aadhaar.
  • Verify your details and enter all the important information in the mandatory fields provided on the screen.
  • Enter the captcha and click on ‘Register’.

Once you click on "Register" button, you will receive the UAN through SMS.

Ways to check your PF balance

Being an employee, you have the right to access your PF balance in accordance with your need. Take a look at the different ways of checking your PF balance with UAN.

EPFO portal

Once you know your UAN You can view your PF balance with the help of the official portal of the EPFO. All you are required to do is, log onto the EPFO website. Click on ‘our services’ option under ‘employees’ section from bar menu then click on the ‘Member Passbook’ link and you can access your balance information by entering your UAN and password now.

Missed call

Another easy way to make your PF balance check with UAN number and to check the details of your latest PF contribution is to make a missed call to the number: 011-22901046. In the interest of availing this facility, you will need to link your UAN with your bank account number, PAN or Aadhaar number.


Once you know your UAN number, you can also get the information about your last PF contribution and balance via the SMS service. All you need to do is to SMS to 7738299899 from your registered mobile number. The body of the message should be: “EPFOHO UAN”.


You can also find out your PF balance via the UMANG app. The app is available on the Android and iOS Play Store for free. Simply download the app on your mobile phone and access all your EPF details directly from your phone.

Benefits of Universal Account Number (UAN)

With the help of Universal Account Number (UAN), it has become smooth and easy to track the PF. It facilitates the EPFO to track the changes in jobs of every employee associated with it. You can connect a new PF account with the UAN number on joining a new establishment.

Therefore, the EPFO can keep track of updated details of where the person is employed at present. Moreover, UAN enables people to make excessive EPF withdrawals on changing jobs. Some of the major benefits that you can relish of having a UAN are as follows:

  • UAN enables employees to withdraw PF via online medium.
  • UAN enables transfer PF from old to a new account easily.
  • UAN enables checking on EPF balance through EPFO online portal and SMS too.
  • UAN enables employees to manage their PF accounts online.
  • UAN enables employees to keep track of the deposits made each month in relation to PF deductions.

The bottom line

The UAN number comes along numerous benefits for the employees. There is no disturbance of employer in PF withdrawals. Further, there is no requirement of transferring funds on changing jobs.

SMS alerts make it simple to control the fund's account. The UAN number eventually improves the effectiveness of the employee pension scheme and benefits the employee related taxes and future savings.

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