New Delhi: The Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) Universal Account Number (UAN) is a 12-digit unique member identity issued to all the salaried persons following the commencement of their first job. According to the prescribed rules by the government, an individual is mandatorily required to contribute a proportionate portion of income in the EPF. The employer is also required to add a similar quantum of funds in the employees’ account every month.
The prime purpose of EPF account is to build a sizeable corpus which can be utilised after the retirement of an individual to meet the basic expenses without having a regular income stream. However, the EPFO allows to prematurely withdraw the funds from the EPF account in case of unemployment.
As per the present rules, a person who is unemployed for more than two months is eligible to withdraw up to 75 per cent of the funds accumulated in the EPF account. In order to put a request for withdrawal of funds from the EPF account, a person is required to activate the UAN first.
The UAN is typically printed on the salary slip or the monthly salary statements issued by the employers. In case the UAN is not present or the salary slip or any official document issued by the employer, the employees can be obtained the respective UAN from the EPF-led UAN web portal https://unifiedportal-mem.epfindia.gov.in/memberinterface/. With the changes in the jobs, a fresh identification (ID) is issued by the EPFO with every job change which is linked with the unique UAN.
Step 1: Visit the EPFO website www.epfindia.gov.in.
Step 2: Select ‘Our Services’ and click on ‘For Employees’ from the drop-down menu.
Step 3: Click on ‘Member UAN/Online Services’.
Step 4: Click on Activate your UAN’ under the ‘Important Links’ head.
Step 5: Enter member ID, select state, select regional provident fund office, fill in basic details such as name, date of birth, mobile number, email id, provident fund member id and captcha code.
Step 6: Click on ‘Get Authorization Pin’.
Step 7: Enter the OTP which received on the registered mobile number with PF member ID.
Step 8: Click on ‘Validate OTP and Activate UAN’.