Verifying Your Identity
Identity theft is the world’s fastest growing crime. For your protection, and for the protection of all New Jersey Unemployment Insurance claimants, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development takes steps to verify your identity.
Your identity will be verified when you first apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits. It may also be validated annually if you are claiming weekly benefits.
To reduce the risk of fraud, many unemployment claimants must verify their identity using the security vendor ID.me.
If needed, you will be contacted by NJDOL and instructed to verify your identity through a specific weblink connected to ID.me.
The process can be completed in a few minutes using the email address associated with your initial unemployment claim, a computer or mobile phone, and common pieces of documentation.
You also have the option of completing the process via a live video conference session in the language of your choice.
Only claimants notified by NJDOL should verify their identity through ID.me.
For a step-by-step guide on how to verify your identity using ID.me only if instructed to do so, click here.
Important: You must use the email address associated with your initial unemployment claim to create your ID.me account.
If you choose not to participate in the identity verification process, or you fail the verification process, you can still submit your application. However, we will not make any benefit payments to you until we confirm that your identity has been verified.