Finally it is here. EPFO (Employee Provident Fund Organisation) offices are now making account balances available online. Here is how one can check the balance :
- Start with http://www.epfindia.com/MembBal.html and select your your state. For each state, you may have a number of EPFO offices listed.
- Next up you need to determine what is your new EPF account number, in case you have the old PF numbers. The old PF numbers looked like KN/BN/xxxxx/yyyyy whereas the new ones look like BG/BGN/xxxxx/yyyyy. In this case, KN/BN/BG/BGN are just a couple of codes, there are many for each state EPFO. If you have the old PF account number, you can find your new PF number using this website. You need to put in your old office code and establishment id. For example, for a PF id KN/BN/xxxxx/yyyyy, the office code is KN and establishment id is xxxxx. Once you submit this, you will see your new establishment id (office code/establishment id) at the bottom of the page.
- Once you know your new office code/establishment id, you can choose the right office from the EPFO balance checking page mentioned above. You then put in your PF id in the new format, give your mobile number and submit it. The balance will be sent to you through a text message.
The system is still lagging behind by more than a year. In Karnataka EPFO, you get your balance up to 31st March, 2010 at the time of writing this post. It would be nice to have an up to date system, it is not like there aren’t any companies willing to sell systems that can do this…