PF account number or PF member id is a 22 digit unique number consists of region code, office code, establishment id, establishment extension and finally employee member id. We need to mention PF numbers on PF withdrawal forms like EPF composite claim form aadhar or non aadhar. Even you can use your PF number to transfer your PF amount either in online or in offline by using PF transfer form 13.
The format of PF numbers are same but the alphabets and numbers will change.
For example MH/BAN/0000064/000/0000123 is PF number of an employee who is working in Maharashtra and belongs to Bandra PF office
MH: The first Two characters are region code. Here MH means Maharashtra
BAN: The Three characters followed by region code is office code. Here BAN means Bandra PF office.
00000064: These Seven digits followed by office code are the establishment/employer PF code
000: These Three Zeroes are establishment extension. For most of the organizations, PF extension number is Three Zeroes, for some organizations the last Zero will be replaced by alphabets like A, B, C, D…
0000123: These last 7 numbers are the actual PF number of the employee which is different for every employee working in the same organization.
Old PF Number Format Vs New PF Number Format
The main difference between the old PF number format and new PF number formats is EPF extension number. There is no PF extension number in old PF number formats. If you want to easily identify the old PF number format and new PF number format by just observing the Zeroes. Old PF number formats don’t consist Zeroes in front of the establishment code number. Here is an example of Old PF number format and new PF number format.
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