The information required may vary from state to state, so check your state unemployment website before you apply.
Information Required to File an Unemployment Claim
- Your Social Security number.
- Your driver's license or motor vehicle ID card number (if you have one).
- Your complete mailing address, including street, city, state, and zip code.
- A telephone number where you can be contacted during business hours.
- If you are not a U.S. Citizen, your Alien Registration card number (if you have a card).
- The full company names and addresses of all employerst that you worked for in the last 18 months, including employers located in another state.
- The Employer Registration number or Federal Employer Identification Number of your most recent employer (if you have either).
- If you were a federal employee, copies of forms SF8 and SF50, if you had federal employment within the last 18 months.
- If you are a service member, your copy of your most recent separation form DD 214, if you are an ex-service member claiming benefits based on your military service.
- If you are unable to print a confirmation of your unemployment claim, have a pen and paper available to write down your claim information.
- In states which provide for direct deposit of your weekly unemployment benefits, you must have a check available in order to enter your bank routing and checking account numbers.
- In states that use debit cards to provide unemployment benefits, you will receive information on the card, how it works, and when you will receive it.
Also, don't wait to file your claim. The sooner you file, the sooner you claim will be processed, so you can start receiving unemployment checks.