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How Do I File for Unemployment Insurance?

First you will need the following information:

  • Your Social Security number.
  • Your New York State driver's license or Motor Vehicle ID card number if you have one.
  • Your mailing address and zip code.
  • A telephone number where you can be contacted for additional information.
  • Your alien registration card number, if you have one.
  • The names and addresses of all employers for whom you've worked within the last 18 months, including those in another state.
  • Your copies of forms SF8 and SF50, if you had federal employment within the last 18 months.
  • 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 do not have all of the documents listed above, you may still file a claim. There may be some delay, however, in receiving your first payment. It is important to file timely because your first week is an unpaid week referred to as the Waiting Period.

To File Your Claim Online:

File over the Phone by calling 1-888-209-8124.

Hearing impaired individuals, who have Telephone Device for the Deaf (TTY/TDD) equipment, may file a claim by calling a relay operator at 1-800-662-1220 and requesting the operator to call 1-888-783-1370. Service at this number will only be provided to callers using TDD equipment.

Your claim should be filed in the first week that you have become totally or partially unemployed. A delay may cost you benefits.



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