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Monday, 9 January 2017

EPFO has made Aadhaar mandatory – Here’s how you can link your Aadhaar card to EPFO and UAN account

I have already talked about the growing importance of your Aadhaar number in the financial space. Recently the Labour ministry made Adhaar mandatory for all Employee’s Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) account holders. According to this order if you have an EPFO account, you will have to share your Aadhaar details with EPFO. In case you do not have an Aadhaar number you will have to apply for an Aadhaar number and submit proof of application by Jan, 31 2017.  This is important because, if you do not link your EPFO to your Aadhaar number, you will no longer receive the government subsidy of 1.16% of the employee’s salary upto ₹6,500 towards the Employees' Pension Scheme (EPS).

So how can you link your Aadhaar card? 
One option is to do it online on the UAN member portal. Please note that look and feel of the UAN member portal has recently been changed. The new URL to UAN member e-SEWA is https://unifiedportal-mem.epfindia.gov.in/memberinterface/. I am providing a step wise guide of linking your Aadhaar card using this website.  Keep a self-attested copy of your Aadhaar card ready as you will need to upload it in order to complete the process:

Step by step guide to link to guide your Aadhaar card to your EPFO accountStep 1: Go to the EPFO website http://www.epfindia.com/site_en/ and click on ‘For Employees’ in the section ‘Our Services’.

EPFO website main page

Step 2: Click on the link ‘UAN member e-SEWA’ to go to https://unifiedportal-mem.epfindia.gov.in/memberinterface/ 

EPFO website Employees page

Step 3: Enter your login details (your UAN and password).

Enter your UAN number and password

Step 4: You can now see your EPF account details. Click on the tab ‘Manage’ and choose ‘KYC’.

EPF account main page
 Step 5: Enter the details of your Aadhaar and upload the self-attested copy of your Aadhaar card.

Enter your KYC details

Step 6: Once uploaded, the details will be in the queue for approval. Once approved you can see the details as per the screenshot below.

Updated KYC details

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