Once an individual starts his career by working in any of the Provident Fund (PF) registered organizations he/she gets registered for PF purpose and then both the employee and employer contribute that fund. However, if you have switched your company and want to transfer your provident fund from your previous company to a new account opened by the current employer, you can do so sitting at home. The online facility to transfer PF is provided by the Employees Provident Fund Organization (EPFO).
Since the arrival of the Universal Account Number (UAN), all the accounts of the employee remain in one place, even if the money is held in different accounts. Therefore, it is important that the employee share his/her UAN with the new company first and then can later transfer the money from the old account to the new account. To do this process online, one can follow the below mentioned easy steps:
Step 1: The employee needs to login to the Unified portal (member interface) of EPFO https://unifiedportal-mem.epfindia.gov.in/memberinterface/ using their credentials that is UAN number and password.
Step 2: As you login, you will have to click on ‘One Member – One EPF Account (Transfer Request)’ which will be available under Online Services.
Step 3: You will then have to verify personal information and PF account for present employment.
Step 4: You will have to click on ‘Get details’ below to know the details regarding the PF account of previous employment.
Step 5: For attesting the claim form based on the availability of authorized signatory holding DSC, you will get options to choose either your previous employer or current employer. You can select any one of the employers and provide member id/UAN.
Step 6: You will next have to click on the ‘Get OTP’ option to receive OTP to UAN registered mobile number and then enter the OTP and click on the submit button.
After completing the above-mentioned process, the employer will digitally approve your EPF transfer request by accessing the employer interface of the unified portal. You will also have to fill up Form 13 and download the transfer claim which will be in pdf format and submit the physical signed copy of the online PF transfer claim form to the selected employer.
Things to note before transferring the PF online
1. The employee should have activated his UAN in the UAN portal and the mobile number used for activation should also be active.
2. The bank account and bank IFSC code of the employee should be seeded against the UAN.
3. The employer should have approved the e-KYC.
4. The authorized signatories in EPFO should have been digitally registered by the previous/current employer.
5. PF account number of the previous and current employment of an employee should be entered in the EPFO database.