How to check PF balance online

The Employees’ Provident fund is managed by an organization called the Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO), which is one of the largest provident fund institutions in the world in terms of volume of transactions. The organization came into being in 1952, following the Employees’ Provident Funds & Miscellaneous Provisions Act (EPF & MP Act), 1952.

All workers whose emoluments exceed Rs.6,500 per month have an option to join the scheme with the consent of the employer. The employee is eligible for membership of EPF from the day he joins such a company which is covered under the EPF and MP Act, 1952. The rate of contribution payable by the member is fixed at 12% of his emoluments – basic pay, DA, cash value of food concession and retaining allowance up to a maximum of Rs.6,500 per month. Voluntary higher contributions are also acceptable at the joint request of the member and the employer.

The employee has to declare his previous employment details in Form No.2 (containing the family particulars and nominations) through the employer and the employer submits the same to EPFO.

The employee can nominate any one or more members of his family to receive the Provident Fund in case of his death. In case he does not have a family, he can nominate any other person. The nomination can be changed by the employee whenever he wishes to do so, within the rules of the EPFO.

Now it is possible to verify your EPF balance online in some region of country. In near future, all office of EPFO will facilitate the online checking of status of PF balance and claims.

How to check PF balance online

Although the national website does not have such a link, some EPF offices, Karnataka, for example, has this provision on its website. You have to provide your establishment code and your PF account number and the information gets displayed to you. You will have to visit the regional website through  and check whether your area office provides such a value added service to you. There is no such laid down rule for providing you with the required information in a prescribed format. The EPFO, as a prescribed rule, sends you only the annual accounts statements at the end of each financial year, to the address where you were last employed. If you are lucky enough to get hold of one, you can, through that statement, calculate further and then keep your own record. In case you want your information in any other month, you may go through the ‘Right To Information’ route and procure the desired information within one month.

What you need to know for checking the balance of PF

There are three fields which you will have to fill. These are:-

  1. Establishment Code
  2. Esst Extensions
  3. Employee Number

Steps to check PF balance online

  • Please click on the above link to know the balance in your EPF Account upto the date.
  • Select the EPFO office where your account is maintained and furnish your PF Account number.
  • Leave the extension field blank, in case your account does not have one.
  • You will be asked to enter your name and mobile number. The given mobile number will be recorded along with the PF Account Number.
  • On successful submission of above information, the details will be sent through SMS to the given mobile number.

All these can be found from your EPF Number.

If your PF number is KR/KK/123A/456 then, Establishment Code is 123,  Est. Extension is A, Employee Number is 456

Remember, if your establishment has no unit or other branch, there may not be extension number. In that case, you do not have to fill extension number.

Checking your PF status online

If you have already applied for PF withdrawal and you want to check the status of your claims application, you can visit and fill up the form with the details of your EPF office and you Employee PF Account Number. This facility is available on almost all the regional websites also.

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