How to certify for benefits online
Your claim is dated the Sunday of the week in which you filed your initial claim. The first time you claim benefits will be on a Wednesday, 17 days after your date of claim. To receive your unemployment insurance benefits, you must certify for benefits each week which you wish to receive benefits. You can only certify for benefits after the week has passed. Unemployment Insurance weeks begin on a Sunday and end at midnight on Saturday.
You will certify for benefits according to the most recent schedule, based on the last four digits of your Social Security Number (SSN).
If there is a problem with your claim that must be resolved before benefits can be paid, or if you have been denied benefits and are appealing the determination, you must still certify for and claim your benefits. You will receive "credit" for the weeks which you have claimed. If it is determined that you are eligible or if you win your appeal, you will be paid these benefits at a later date. If you have not claimed benefits and you win your appeal, you will not be paid for these weeks.
Need more help? You can watch a video of the steps to certify a claim.
See when your Social Security Number is scheduled to certify for benefits for the current week.
When it is your time to certify, log in to our online application and answer the questions provided.
For COVID-19 related claims, be sure to read our important guide before certifying.
Click here to access our online benefits certification system.
Read the information, then click the "Continue" button at the bottom of the page. On the next page, after reading the disclaimer, click the button underneath "To Claim Weekly Unemployment Benefits" at the bottom of the page.
The first time you certify for benefits online, you'll need to create a 4-digit personal identification number (PIN) after entering your Social Security number.
Be sure to create a PIN you will remember since you will need it to claim your benefits each week. You will then be prompted to re-enter the PIN.
After the confirmation page is displayed, the system will send an automatic confirmation notice to the email address associated with your account.