Universal Account Number or the UAN is made mandatory for all PF claims, according to a recent notification from the EPFO. This change is effective from 1st January 2016.
Now as we know, UAN or the Universal Account Number is a unique identification allotted by the EPFO. This is primarily used to identify a member having multiple IDs allotted by different establishments. The concept of UAN is to help the user view the information in multiple ids under a single UAN.
The EPFO has also launched the facility to obtain the UAN online. Any person can apply for online registration of UAN through the following link.
Any claim from 1st of January, 2016 shall not be accepted without mentioning the UAN.
If there are any issues where the subscriber does not have a UAN, then the regional officers have to actively assist that person to get the UAN.
For subscribers who are applying for UAN now, there are certain documents which are needed to be provided. These are generally called as Know-Your-Customer or KYC details. The following are a list of KYC required to apply for UAN:
- Aadhar number
- PAN details
- Bank account number
If the KYC is updated by the subscriber, then it has to be attested by the employer through their digital signature.
If an employee joins a new establishment and does not have a UAN, then the employer will assign the UAN as per existing procedure.
If a member has already been allotted a Universal Account Number (UAN), then they are required to provide that UAN on joining the new establishment. This will enable the employer to link the newly allotted Member Identification Number (Member Id) to the already existing Universal Identification Number (UAN).
The Universal Account Number (UAN) is being mandated to an extent that, even to update your grievances with the EPF department, UAN is required. This is also with effect from 1st of January, 2016.