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October 21, 2014

Provident Fund PF Portability Through Universal Account Number - UAN

EPFO has launched an Universal Account Number (UAN) based Member Portal to provide a number of facilities to its members through a single window. Activate your registration to avail various facilities such as UAN card download, member passbook, updation of KYC information etc. As of now, only active members (contribution received through ECR for the wage month October 2013 onwards) would be able to register themselves.For registration, obtain UAN from your employer alongwith your member ID.Your mobile number would be required to activate registration.

Provident fund portability through the Universal Account Number (UAN) has been launched on 16 October 2014. This new facility will help over crores of  subscribers to transfer the funds lying in their provident fund accounts when they change jobs.

Some important Facts about the Provident Fund PF Portability Using the UAN - Universal Account Number :

  1. The Universal Account Number is key to provident fund portability and easier PF transfer. The UAN will be portable throughout the working career of employees and can be used anywhere in India. Till now, every time employees changed jobs, they had to change their provident fund accounts.
  2. This Universal Account Number will be linked to employees' provident fund accounts. Employees would not be issued a new provident fund account number on joining a new firm. Instead, they would get a member identification number which would be linked to the UAN. This will help in smoothening out the process of provident fund transfers on changing jobs.
  3. This new process is expected to help employees transfer their PF money instead of withdrawing it when they change jobs.The provident fund accounts of employees will be now be updated monthly and at the same time they will be informed through SMSes.
  4. Initially, UAN will be has been allotted to employees whose PF contribution was received between 1 January and June 30, 2014,  Employees' Provident Fund Organisation said on its website.
  5. The Universal Account Number (UAN) however becomes portable only when it is seeded with Know Your Customers (KYC) details like bank account number, PAN, Aadhaar etc verified by the employer.
  6. Employees can check if UANs have been allotted to them on the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation's (EPFO) website or with their employers.
  7. Then they need to activate their UANs on the EPFO website to download UAN cards, view updated PF account, file and view transfer claims, and also update KYC information.
  8. The launch of Universal Account Number will also enable subscribers to consolidate all their previous accounts. Approximately Rs. 27,000 crore is currently lying with Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) in inoperative accounts.
  9. Inoperative accounts are those where there have been no contributions for the last three years and they earn no interest.
  10. Universal account number has long been a pending demand of even employers. It is expected that the operationalision of allotment and deployment of the UAN will substantially lower the cost of compliance and save the employer from verification of various claims made by employee to EPFO.   


  11. Frequently Asked Questions on UAN and PF Portability 
  12.   1. What is UAN ?
    UAN stands for Universal Account Number. The UAN will act as an umbrella for the multiple Member Ids allotted to an individual by different establishments. The idea is to link 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) linked to it. If a member is already allotted Universal Account Number (UAN) then he / she 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) to the already allotted Universal Identification Number (UAN).
      2. How do I get my UAN?
    Contact your employer to obtain your UAN . Your UAN is readily available with employer.
      3. How can I access my details through portal?
    Members need to visit the UAN based Member Portal website i.e. http://uanmembers.epfoservices.in
    Initially, member will have to activate his UAN by selecting a link given ‘ACTIVATE YOUR UAN’ on the Member Portal. Member should have UAN, Mobile and Member ID readily available to activate his/her UAN on the Member Portal. For further details, please select the hyperlink ‘User Manual for Member’
      4. What is the URL of member portal?
    http://uanmembers.epfoservices.in
      5. What is my password to login to Member Portal?
    The password has to be created by the member only while activating his/her UAN. The password should be alphanumeric, have minimum 1 special character and 8-25 character long. Special characters are !@#$%^&*()
    Sample Password:: abc@1973
      6. Can I view/download my passbook?
    Yes. First of all, you need to login to the Member Portal by your UAN and password. Then go to the menu ‘Download’ and select ‘Download Passbook’. There is a link given to download PDF of this passbook also.
      7. Can I view/download my UAN card?
    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.
      8. 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.
      9. Can I update/upload my KYC document through member portal?
    Yes, it can be done by going to the 'Profile' menu and selecting 'Update KYC Information' in the Member Portal. The uploaded KYC document by the member will be approved by employer till then status of KYC will be shown as "Pending".
      10. Can my mobile number/email id be changed?
    Yes, you need to go to Profile Menu in Member Portal and select an option ‘Edit Mobile No.’/ ‘Edit Email ID’ for changing mobile number and email id respectively.
      11. Which documents are considered for KYC?
    Following documents can be used for KYC:-

    1. National Population Register
    2. AADHAR
    3. Permanent Account Number
    4. Bank Account Number
    5. Passport
    6. Driving License
    7. Election Card
    8. Ration Card
      12. Do I have to upload the scanned copy of that document?
    Yes, you need to scan the KYC document first and save it as .jpg/.gif/.png/.pdf. The size of scanned document should not exceed 300kb.
      13. Can I upload multiple KYC documents?
    Yes, multiple KYC documents out of the 8 specified KYC documents can be uploaded.
      14. How do I know that KYC uploaded by me is approved by employer?
    The status will be shown against uploaded KYC document on the same page.
      15. What is to be done in case I change the job and join somewhere else?
    You need to simply declare your UAN to your subsequent employers.
      16. In case of change of job, do I have to get UAN again and then activate my account?
    No, there is no need to obtain UAN again. It is a unique no. and will remain same throughout your career.
      17. How can I seek the help for any queries related to this portal?
    For queries related to Member Portal, you may contact :
    Helpdesk Number : 1800 118 005
    Helpdesk Email Id : uanepf@epfindia.gov.in
      18. Can I file a claim online?
    For the time being, the option ‘Transfer Claim’ is disabled and will be made available soon.
     
     Click here to check the Status of UAN allocated for your PF account :
    Click here to Activate and Register for UAN for your PF Account
    Click here for FAQ on PF Portability and UAN information
    Source : www.epfindia.com 
                 http://uanmembers.epfoservices.in/  
              

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