2 min read
25 May 2021

There may be various reasons why you may want to change the name or number linked to your EPF account such as moving to another city or changing your details post marriage. Fortunately, your UAN (Universal Account Number) eases the process of making these changes, as it hosts all your account details in one place.

So, you can simply log on to the EPFO e-SEWA portal or visit your local Employee Provident Fund organisation office to alter your name, number, and other details. Once updated, you can continue to use the same account to check your PF balance, the status of your balance transfer, download your PF book and keep a track of other information.

But, do note that you cannot alter your details unless you link and verify your UAN with your Aadhaar number, so do this first before carrying out the following steps.

How to change your name in a PF account

Steps to change the name in a PF account offline.

  1. Fill the application form, sign it and get the seal and signature of your employer on this form.
  2. Attach self-attested copies of documents that have your correct name. You can submit a copy of your passport, driving licence, PAN card, Aadhaar Card or voter ID card.
  3. After this, submit the form and documents to your employer, who will then forward your application to the concerned EPFO Field officer.
  4. If you are in a hurry, you can directly visit your local EPFO office and submit your application to the assigned Field officer.

How to update your mobile number in an EPF account

Steps to update your mobile number in an EPF account online

  1. Visit the EPFO e-SEWA portal.
  2. Go to the ‘manage’ section and click on ‘contact details’ in the drop-down menu.
  3. Click on ‘change mobile number’.
  4. Enter the new mobile number and re-enter it.
  5. Click on ‘get authorisation PIN’.
  6. Enter the OTP received on your mobile number and click on ‘Save changes’ to complete the process.

Steps to update your mobile number in an EPF account offline.

  1. Fill the relevant form with the phone number and ensure that this number is linked to your Aadhaar Card.
  2. Once your employer signs and approves this form, it will be forwarded to the regional PF office for approval.
  3. After the new mobile number has been registered, you will receive an SMS from the EPFO confirming the update.

While making these changes, ensure that your name in the EPF database matches that listed against the bank account that is linked to your PF amount.

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