While online filing has reduced the need for paper documents, you’ll still need some key information when filing for a claim for unemployment benefits in your state.

Here is a list of information and documents you can expect to provide to your state’s unemployment office when filing for unemployment in the United States.

Filing for Unemployment: Information Needed About You

  • Government-issued ID, e.g., driver’s license
  • Social Security Number (SSN)
    • and possibly SSNs for your spouse and children
  • Contact information
    • residential address
    • phone number
    • email address
  • Alien Registration Number (“Green Card” number) if you are a US permanent resident but not a US citizen
  • Former Federal Employees: Notice to Federal Employees About Unemployment Insurance, Standard Form 8
  • Former Military: DD 214 Member 4 copy
  • Bank account information (for direct deposit)
  • Be prepared to create a username and password for an online account

Filing for Unemployment: Information Needed About Your Employer(s)

  • Name of your employer(s)
    • be prepared to provide employer information for all of your employers during the past two years
    • ensure this reflects the official name as recorded on your pay stubs or W-2
  • Employer Identification Number (EINs) of your employer(s); this appears on your W-2
  • Contact information
    • physical address of workplace
    • mailing address
    • phone number
    • supervisor’s name
  • Wage information
    • rate of pay
    • hours worked
    • gross wages earned
    • recent pay stubs/records
  • Start date of employment
  • End date of employment
  • Remaining balance of any paid vacation or sick leave
  • Reason why your employment ended
  • Any documents provided to you by your employer when your employment ended

If you’ve gathered your information and are ready to file, check out our Filing for Unemployment by State: Online and Phone Info on how to file your unemployment claim for benefits online or by phone in your state.

You can also calculate your estimated weekly benefit amount (WBA) for: