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Your unique user ID is the key to access your bank account. Similarly, you need a Unique Account Number (UAN) to check your Employee Provident Fund (EPF) account. Here’s the guide for how to find uan number, its online activation and how to get UAN card.

What is a UAN

UAN is a 12-digit unique identification number through which you can access your Provident Fund (PF) account and check the available balance. This number is assigned to you by the Ministry of Labour and Employment and is generated by the Employee’s Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO). You and your employer are assigned the UAN through which you both can contribute to your EPF.

Having a UAN helps you to have a single unique number for all your EPF accounts irrespective of the multiple jobs you change. Each time you change a job, your employer allots you a new Member Identification Number (ID), which is then linked to your existing UAN. You can also ask Employee Provident Fund Organisation directly for your Member ID.

How to Know UAN from PAN Number

Do you know how to find UAN online? You can easily look for your UAN through your PAN or Mobile number or PF number. You can do so, through the below-mentioned steps.

Step 1-Visit the official employee’s provident fund website.
Step 2-
Click on the ‘Know your UAN status’.

Step 3-You will be forwarded to a new web page. Select your state and city. Enter your PAN. Also, enter your personal details like name, date of birth, mobile no. and e-mail Id. Once you have entered the relevant details, enter the correct captcha and click on ‘Get Authorisation Pin’.

Step 4 – You will receive a One Time Password (OTP) on your registered mobile number. Enter this number in the web page and receive your UAN on your mobile number.

How to Get UAN from Member ID

You can use your Member ID as UAN request id to find your UAN.  Enter your Member ID for UAN request on the EPF website. E.g., if your Member ID is 458213, you can request for UAN for this Member ID.

Step 1 – Visit the EPF official website and enter your Member ID.

Step 2- Enter all specified details, including name, mobile no., date of birth and your email ID. Enter the Captcha code. Click on ‘Get Authorisation Pin’

Step 3- Once you receive this pin on your registered mobile number, enter it in the next web page. Click on “Validate OTP and get UAN” button. You will receive your UAN on your mobile number.

Follow the same steps to know how to find UAN number with PF number.

UAN-Based Activation

After you find your UAN through the UAN number finder, you can activate it online. To know how to activate UAN number follow these simple steps.

Step 1- Visit the EPF official website

Step 2- Click on the ‘Activate UAN’

Step 3- Enter your UAN, mobile number and PF Member ID and the captcha characters.

Step 4 – Click on ‘Get Authorisation PIN’ button.

Step 5 – Enter the PIN received on the registered mobile number.

Step 6- On the next web page click on ‘I Agree’ checkbox and enter the second OTP that you receive on your mobile number

Step 7 – Click on ‘Validate OTP and Activate UAN’

On activation of the UAN, you can access your account through the password received on your registered mobile number.

How to get UAN card

Now when you know how to activate UAN number using PF number, you can download your UAN card with few simple steps. –

Step 1 – Visit the official EPFO website

Step2 – Enter your UAN and your password. This will help you login into your EPF account.

Step 3 – Go to the UAN card option on the ‘View’ drop-down menu.

Your UAN card will be displayed on your screen. Now you can download this card or get it directly printed.

Now that you know how to find UAN number with PAN number, you can use it to access your PF account. There are several benefits of UAN number linked with PF account. It can also help you check your balance, withdraw the fund or make a loan application. You can use the PF money whenever and for whatever you want. This could help you fund your business or plan your holiday to the Maldives. However, if you are in need of funds for your financial goals, why break into the PF funds? That can be used for retirement or for long-term savings. You can instead opt for loans. Availing a loan will help keep your saving intact while also funding your dreams. Consider a short-term loan or a personal loan and know how to apply for it.

Conclusion

Know your UAN to check PF balance or withdraw funds. To support your business, don’t derail your investments or PF savings. Availing of different kinds of loans like personal loan, loan against property, home loan, etc. can help you finance them.

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Aditi Ahuja
Aditi Ahuja is a noted financial consultant and adviser. As she has worked with several financial organisation for many years, she has extensive knowledge in this sector. She writes on financial affairs, issues and solutions covering a broad range of topics like loans, insurance, investment and funding. Stay updated with her latest blogs.