Registration for Work FAQ

Frequently asked questions about registering for work with Wisconsin Job Service.

No unemployment benefits will be paid to you until you register

You must be fully registered with Wisconsin Job Service within 14 days of applying for unemployment benefits (filing your initial claim). Failure to fully register by the deadline will result in a suspension of benefits until the registration is complete.

You will not be eligible for benefits for any week prior to your registration if your registration is completed after 14 days, or if you fail otherwise to participate in re-employment programs or services as directed. No retroactive benefits will be paid.


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The department will notify you that you required to register for work with Wisconsin Job Service. There are limited exceptions to the registration requirement such as being enrolled in schooling that qualifies as approved training or having a definite return to work date within 8 weeks of your initial claim (which can be extended an additional 4 weeks with verification by your former employer).

Registration is a requirement of the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program and must be completed in order to maintain eligibility for UI benefits. In addition, Wisconsin Job Service provides numerous pathways to valuable services that help you return to fulltime work.

Register with Wisconsin Job Service online at: https://JobCenterofWisconsin.com/ui. To registrer complete three steps:

  • Set up a Logon Profile or logon using your UI username/password,
  • Register for services (including SSN), and
  • Complete a résumé.
If you have questions or need help, please visit your local Job Center or contact the Job Service Call Center toll-free at (888) 258-9966.

The https://JobCenterofWisconsin.com/ui website is easy to use and provides you status completion updates as you register. You must complete three steps on the website. A green check mark appears after each step is complete. In addition you will receive an email stating your registration is complete. Please note that in order to receive the email confirmation you must provide a valid email address. Also, please note that you will not receive confirmation if your SPAM filter filters the email out. If you have questions regarding the status of your registration contact the Job Service Call Center toll-free at (888) 258-9966.

You must register within 14 days of applying for unemployment benefits (filing your initial claim). Unemployment benefit payments are held until registration is complete. If you complete the registration within the 14 days you will receive unemployment benefit payments for all the payable weeks held.

If you fail to register within 14 days of applying for unemployment benefits (filing your initial claim) your eligibility for unemployment benefits will be suspended. Your eligibility for unemployment benefits will only be restored as of the week you register with Wisconsin Job Service.

If you live outside of Wisconsin you must report to the public employment office nearest your home and register by the deadline. There are limited exceptions to the participation requirement. Consult the Handbook for Claimants for additional information.

If you have questions or need help registering, please visit your local Job Center or contact the Job Service Call Center toll-free at (888) 258-9966.

If you have questions regarding your Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefit claim, go online at https://my.unemployment.wisconsin.gov. For help using online services or if you are unable to go online call (414) 435-7069 or toll-free (844) 910-3661 during business hours. Please do not contact Job Center Staff for questions regarding your UI claim.