The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is a part of India’s Ministry of Labour and Employment. As per the circular announced by the EPFO on Tuesday, circular no: WSU/2024/1/UIDAI Matter/4090. In the circular, it is stated that the Aadhaar card is removed from the list of acceptable documents as a Date of Birth Proof.

What EPFO Circular States?

Related to this, a letter has been received from UIDAI wherein it is stated that the use of Aadhaar, as proof of Date of Birth needs to be deleted from the list of acceptable documents. 

It has been observed that Authentication User Agencies or KYC User Agencies are considering and accepting an Aadhaar card or e-Aadhaar as one of the acceptable documents for proof of Date of Birth (DoB).

In this regard, it is mentioned that Aadhaar is a unique 12-digit ID issued to a resident after he/she undergoes the enrolment process by submitting his/her demographic and biometric information. Once a resident is assigned an Aadhaar number, it can be used to authenticate the resident through various modes. As prescribed under the Aadhaar Act, 2016 and the Regulations framed there under.

At the time of enrolment or updation, UIDAI records DoB as claimed by the resident, based on the documents submitted by them. However, Regulations 10(4) and 19A of the Aadhaar (Enrolment and Update) Regulations, 2016. Mention that verification of the enrolment and update data must be performed as provided in Schedule III. 


Circular published by EPFO on January 16th, 2024

Meity Through UIDAI

In this regard, attention is drawn towards the Office Memorandum dated 20.12.2018 issued by Meity through UIDAI. Wherein it has been stated: “An Aadhaar number can be used for establishing the identity of an individual subject to authentication and thereby, it’s not a proof of date of birth”.

This aspect of the Aadhaar Act, 2016 has been reiterated/highlighted/stressed by different High Courts in recent judgments. The most recent one is given by the Honourable High Court of Bombay, in the case of State of Maharashtra V/s Unique Identification Authority of India And Ors. dated 28.07.2023.

The use of Aadhaar, as proof of DoB needs to be deleted from the list of acceptable documents. This issues with the approval of the Competent Authority.

Documents EPFO Accepting as a Date of Birth Proof

Here are the documents which are valid as proof of Date of Birth for EPFO

  • Birth Certificate issued by the Registrar of Births and Deaths
  • Marksheet issued by any recognised Government Board or University
  • School Leaving Certificate (SLC)/ School Transfer Certificate (TC)/ SSC certificate containing Name and Date of Birth
  • Certificate based on the service records
  • PAN card
  • Central/ State Pension Payment Order
  • Domicile Certificate issued by the Government
  • Medical certificate issued by a Civil Surgeon after examining the member medically. And supported with an affidavit on oath by the member duly authenticated by a competent court.

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