UAN or Universal Account Number is generated by EPFO and one can get UAN number through Member portal using registered mobile number and PF number or member ID. However, employees are required to activate UAN before they can use it to claim pf, withdraw pf or transfer funds.
For any online EPFO service, UAN activation is mandatory. Only activated UAN numbers can be used to avail any services related to Provident Funds. ( What is UAN? )
Why you need to activate UAN number?
First of all, you cannot login to EPFO portal without activating UAN number. After UAN registration, employees can use the member portal for all their EPF services. However, if not activated, login portal won’t work.
Can we activate UAN number online?
Yes, any employee with a geniune PF number can activate UAN number after generating it. There are two things that you need to have if you want to activate UAN number online.
- UAN number of the employee
- Member ID or PF number.
Once you have these two things, you can follow the procedure mentioned below for UAN activation.
How to activate UAN online?
To activate UAN number, you need to follow these steps –
- Go to UAN login portal here.
- Go to services option in Menu.
- Click on ‘For Employees’.
- Select ‘Member UAN/Online services’ option.
- Enter UAN number, PF number and mobile number.
- Click on ‘Get Authorization PIN’.
- Check mobile for OTP. Enter the OTP in the code box.
- Agree to the terms and conditions.
- Click on ‘Validate OTP and Activate UAN’ button.
Your UAN number activation shall get completed. You will receive an SMS after activation of UAN numbe.
Can we activate UAN number by SMS?
Yes, employees with a provident fund account and PF number can activate UAN by SMS too. This service requires you to link mobile number with PF account first. If your mobile number is linked, you can activate UAN through SMS too.
What is the SMS number for UAN activation?
The UAN activation SMS number is 7738299899. You have to send sms from your registered mobile number only.
What is format for SMS to activate UAN number by SMS?
UAN activation SMS is sent in this format – EPFOHO ACT,<12 digit UAN number>,<22 digit MemberID>. Please note that you need to separate each section of SMS with a comma.
Do we get a confirmation SMS after activation?
After UAN gets activated, you will get an SMS on the registered number informing you about the completion of the process.
If you find problems with activation of UAN, you can contact UAN helpdesk to solve your problems related to UAN activation process.