(2018) EPF UAN Login and Activation - 3 Step Guide for EPFO Members

Employee Provident fund (EPF) is India's main social security scheme managed by EPFO and covering more than 15 crores of workers in organized sector and it remains important in 2018 also with an estimated 4.5 crore members. All EPF members and their employers need to access the EPFO online servies for different tasks. The first step towards accessing the EPF online services is the ability to UAN based login into your EPFO account (for which there is a pre-requisite of UAN number generation and UAN activation)

UAN (Universal Account number) is a very important number for employees as all the online EPF services are based on UAN Login (and one time UAN activation). If you are new to EPF world, UAN is your unique identifier which will remain unchanged lifelong and it will be linked to your each and every EPF account.

UAN Login for PF Member (Employee)

If you trying to login to new EPFO unified member portal for the first time, please follow the 3 step process below For First time user.

If you have already done the activation, then you can login to the EPFO Unified portal anytime using username and password. The Username is your UAN 12 digit ID and password is the one that you have created during UAN activation.

If you forget your password, you can click on forgot password. It will send you an OTP (one time password) on your registered mobile number and you can use this OTP to set the new password.

Please remember to update your mobile number in your Profile on UAN Portal whenever you change your mobile number because most of the UAN services are linked to your registered mobile number.

EPFO UAN Member Login - 3 Step Guide for First Time User

If you have never logined on UAN Portal (now called Unified Portal), then you need to follow 3 easy steps to get started:

  1. For UAN login, you need to know your UAN number (UAN Generation). Every PF Member is eligible for obtaining a UAN. Currently, UAN is allocated to all EPF members who have received at least 1 contribution after Jan 2014. For older EPF accounts also, one can request EPFO for UAN number. You can find out your UAN from your pay-slips. If you don't know your UAN yet, please contact your employer.

  2. Once you have a UAN, To login to UAN Member Portal, you need to do a one time activation / registration of your UAN which is very simple. There are 3 possible ways to do UAN activation -

    • (A1) On UAN Member Portal. (UAN Member Portal is a website from EPFO offering a host of EPF services online.)
    • (A2) On EPF Mobile App which can be downloaded on Android Phones.
    • (A3) By sending SMS.
  3. Once you have successfully activated your UAN, you can login using the username and password created during the activation stage.

Let us discuss the different activation methods and subsequent login in detail one by one.

A1. UAN Activation and Login on UAN Member Portal (UAN Activation Site)

Steps for one time UAN registration and activation on UAN activation site

  • Go to https://unifiedportal-mem.epfindia.gov.in/memberinterface/. and click on ‘Activate your UAN' in the Login block.

  • Click on the checkbox to agree to the terms and conditions.

  • Fill your details - your UAN, phone number and PF number (PF Member ID). Make sure you fill the PF number in right format. Also, fill only that mobile number which is permanent as you might need this later if you forget the password.

  • Enter Captcha and click on 'Get PIN' button. You will get an authorization PIN (OTP) on your provided mobile number.

  • Enter the authorization PIN (OTP) and submit the form.

  • On the next screen you will see your name, date of birth, company name and other details. Verify that these details are correct and then create the password. You will use this same password for UAN login every-time so remember it.

  • Provide email address and submit. This completes the UAN registration and activation. You will see a message "UAN registered successfully. Your login detail has been sent to your mobile number."

A2. UAN Activation and Login on EPF Mobile App m-epf

EPFO has launched the EPF Mobile App some time back and it is now available on google play store. It is named "m-epf" and is available for download on the EPFO website also. After m-epf download you can do UAN registration and activation on the app itself.

Steps for UAN registration and activation on m-epf Mobile App -

  • Install the m-epf app, open it and click on 'Members' button.
  • Click on 'Activate UAN' button.
  • Select Office from the drop down and enter other details - Establishment Code, Extension, Employee Number, UAN number and your mobile number.
  • Click on ACTIVATE button.

This will complete the UAN activation. Now you can do EPF Balance Enquiry and view your passbook on the m-epf app.

A3. SMS based UAN Activation

This is the quickest way to register and activate your UAN. It enables members to activate their accounts by just sending an SMS. The Member has to send EPFOHO ACT,<<12 digit UAN number>>,<<22 digit MemberID>> from his mobile at 7738299899. Please note that there is no space before and after comma in the SMS.

Send SMS To: 7738299899
SMS Format / Text: EPFOHO ACT,<<12 digit UAN number>>,<<22 digit MemberID>>

For example if UAN 123456789876 and Member ID XXYYY12345670007654321 is to be activated then SMS content will be

EPFOHO ACT,123456789876,XXYYY12345670007654321.

Once activated, the member becomes eligible to all services envisaged by EPFO such as credit alerts, passbook etc. This facility is especially helpful to such members who may not have easy access to computers or smart phones.

EPFO Member Login: Forget Password & Reset Password

Click on 'forget password' and supply your details. You will receive an OTP on your registered mobile phone. Provide that OTP and you can reset your password.

UAN Login Problem: Mobile Number Change

Registered mobile number is a very important part of both UAN login and EPFO Employer login systems. It is used to receive OTP and is a key part of process to reset your password. But what about if you changed your mobile number.

To fix the problem associated with mobile number change, EPFO provides a mechanism to change your registered mobile number through UAN Helpdesk. On UAN helpdesk, first register as a member and then click on 'Forgot Password and Mobile No is Changed'. It will ask you to fill details like Name, Father's name, Date of birth, PF ID, and your new mobile number. On submit, it will create a request to change your registered mobile phone number and provide you a 'reference number' for tracking purposes.

EPFO UAN login problem: Website down or not working, OTP not received

One of the most common complaint of people is that EPFO website is not working. During Dec 2016, EPFO has done a complete overhaul and launched new EPF Unified Member Portal and EPF Unified Employer Portal. But somehow, these new portals are not fully ready and hence people are facing problem while login. EPFO department is working to fix these problems and these issues should get resolved by start of year 2017.

UAN Login Problem - login credentials invalid or incorrect

Either your username (UAN ID) or password is incorrect. Please verify these and try again.

News on EPF UAN Login and Activation

EPFO thinking about selling its investment in Stock market

Currently stock market is at its peak and given that, EPFO has also been thinking about selling its investment in stock market ETF (exchange traded funds).

Jan 2nd, 2018

Passbook new site

Currently epf passbook functionality is not available at UAN portal. One can find details about getting epf passbook online at our epf passbook detail page

21st Dec 2017

Paperless EPF by next year

EPFO has decided to become completely digital and paperless by Aug 2018. This will boost its services and make withdrawal and pension simpler.

6th Sep 2017

Passbook after UAN Login

Due to technical delays, even after successful UAN login, members are not able to see their passbook currently. As per EPFO, UAN members will be able to view their passbook only after 16th March 2017.

14th March 2017

UAN based Withdrawal process got simplified with 1 page form

EPF Withdrawal process got simplified with 1 page form called CCF form or Composite Claim form. If your EPF account is UAN activated and have Aadhaar linked, you don't even need employer's attestation. Really good news for EPF members.

1st March 2017

UAN Login to link Aadhar Number

EPFO has made it mandatory to link Aadhar Card with UAN number for all the members and pensioners. You can link your Aadhaar number online after UAN login on the new UAN Unified Portal in the KYC section. If you don't have a Aadhar number yet, it is recommended to get one soon. EPFO is planning to develop facility on UAN Portal for registering of request by members/pensioners for enrollment of Aadhar.

1st February 2017

New portal for UAN Login

EPFO had launched a new Unified Portal in Dec, 2016 to provide various services to its members but it was not working properly in the initial days after launch. UAN login was also not working for most of the people. Good news is that the new Unified Portal is finally up now and you can use its various online services after UAN login.

27th January 2017

UAN Login & UAN activation - common problems

UAN activation: How can I check if my UAN is activated or not.

You can try login to UAN member portal and see if it works. If not, trying doing the activation again.

Error: Member name does not match with the available data

Pleas contact your employer to get the details in your UAN account fixed. If you are no longer working, you can go to your regional EPFO office to get this corrected.

UAN activation: Old account

As per EPFO, All members are required to get their UAN activated before applying for settlement of his/her PF Accounts. So it is important to get a UAN number and get it activated even if you are no longer working.

Accessing UAN Account After Changing Mobile Number

Please visit EPF Grievance system to get your problem fixed.

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