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What Information Do I Need to Apply?
Information To Have Ready
Applying for unemployment benefits is smoother and faster when you have essential information in-hand.
- Your social security number (why we need your social security number)
- Your Wisconsin driver's license number, if you have one.
- Work history for the last 18 months:
- Employers' business names
- Employers' addresses
- Employers' phone numbers
- The reason you are no longer working there
- Your first and last dates of work
- Alien registration number and documentation, if you are not a U.S. citizen.
- Form DD-214 (Member 4 copy), if you served in the military in the last 18 months.
- Form SF-50 or SF-8, if you are a federal civilian employee.
- Your current address. You need a valid mailing address to receive important documents about your claim. Make sure you have notified your post office of any recent changes to your address.
The information you provide will be used to determine your eligibility for Unemployment Insurance benefits. It is important that your information is accurate and complete for all questions asked. The law provides penalties for withholding information or making false statements to obtain benefits.
Your Security Credentials
- If you file online you must create a username and password before you can access online benefit services.
- If you file by telephone* you must create a PIN, a 4-digit number you make up before you apply.
Your PIN, username and password (referred to as security credentials) and your social security number (SSN) will be used to identify you and must be used when accessing your account by telephone or online. Do not give your security credentials to ANYONE.
* COMING SOON: In 2017, the Division of Unemployment Insurance will will retire the automated telephone filing system and direct workers to file online. Most claims are already filed online because it is fast, easy, and mobile-friendly. Learn more about the benefits of using online services. If you need assistance or have barriers to using online services, claims specialists are available by phone.