Universal Account Number - The Complete Guide

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Aishwarya Shah

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Universal Account Number
Last updated on April 19th, 2021

What is UAN?

Universal Account Number (UAN) is a unique number allotted by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India to the employees registered for Provident Fund. A member identification number is allotted to the employee upon job change. All member identification numbers, current as well as previous, are linked through the Universal Account Number.

Once an employers registers on the EPFO Portal, UAN can be generated. With Universal Account Number, the employee can access claims, claims status, PF balance, upload KYC, file for e-Nomination, etc.

Activating Universal Account Number (UAN)

The employer will share the UAN once an employee is added as a member to an establishment the employee will be required to activate their UAN.
Follow these steps to activate UAN:

  1. Visit the UAN Portal

    Firstly, visit the UAN Portal and click on ‘Activate UAN’Universal Account Number Portal

  2. Activate UAN

    Next, Enter your UAN. If you do not have your UAN, you may ask your employer to share the same.

    Enter other required details like Name, Date of birth, Mobile Number, Email Id and click on ‘Get Authorization Pin’.Universal Account Number Portal

  3. Enter OTP

    Lastly, check the ‘I Agree’ box and enter the OTP received on your registered mobile number.Universal Account Number Portal
    Upon entering the OTP, you will receive the password on your registered mobile number. Use this password to login to your UAN account.

Know Your Universal Account Number (UAN)

In case an individual does not have access to their UAN, they may find it on the UAN Portal using the ‘Know Your UAN‘ facility.

  1. Visit the UAN Portal and click on ‘Know Your UAN’.

    Universal Account Number Portal
  2. Enter your registered mobile number, captcha and click on ‘Request OTP’. Enter the OTP received on mobile number and click on ‘Validate OTP’.
    Request and Validate OTP to know your UAN
  3. Lastly, enter your basic details as per Aadhaar Card and click on ‘Show my UAN’
    -Know Your UAN


What is UAN?

UAN is a unique number allotted by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India to link multiple Member Ids allotted to a single member under single Universal Account Number.

Who allots UAN?

UAN is allotted to all the contributory members of EPFO and disseminated through the employers.

Can a person have 2 UAN?

No, a person can only have one UAN, however, they can have more than one Member Id. In case a person has two UANs, they will have to transfer the amounts from one UAN to other.

Got Questions? Ask Away!

  1. Hey @Sofiyah_Valiante,

    Once your employer adds you as a member and provides you a member identification number, only then the employee gets their UAN number. Additionally, the employee needs to activate their UAN number by submitting the the required detail on the UAN portal.