What do you need to file your Unemployment Insurance Benefit claim over the Internet?

 

This site allows individuals with New Jersey employment to file a new claim for Unemployment Insurance Benefits or reopen an existing Unemployment Insurance claim over the Internet. You may use this application if you meet the following:

  • All of your work was in New Jersey in the past 18 months
  • You did not work for the federal government in the past 18 months
  • You did not serve in the military in the past 18 months
  • You did not work as a maritime employee in the past 18 months
  • You do not reside outside the United States
  • You do not want to reopen or file an Extended Benefit Claim

In order to process your claim in a timely manner, we strongly recommend that you enter your New Jersey driver's license number or Non-Driver Photo Identification Card number, if you have one. Although this is not a requirement for filing a claim, it will expedite the processing of your claim. You should also have the following available:

  • Pencil/pen and paper.
  • Your Social Security Number.
  • If you are not a citizen, you will need your Alien Registration Documentation issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This includes your alien registration type and number, country of origin, and your Employment Authorization Card or Permanent Resident Card if authorized to work in the United States.
  • If you wish to have your benefits directly deposited to your bank, your bank information.
  • Employer information on all employer(s) in the last 18 months including: Name, address, telephone number, beginning and end dates of employment, and reason for separation.

Please be advised that if your computer is idle for 30 minutes or more, your session will "time out" and all of your claim information will be lost. If you exit for any reason before completing the application, all of your information will be lost.

Data Privacy and Security

 

The information collected as a result of your application for unemployment compensation is private data and cannot be released except when authorized by state or federal law, by a court order, or with your permission. The information you or your employer(s) provide may be used for New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development business and may be used to provide an income and eligibility verification between State Agencies administering programs under a plan approved under Title I, X, XIV, XVI of the Social Security Act as indicated under Section 1137 (a)(6) of the Social Security Act. It may be shared with other state or federal agencies that determine your eligibility for Medicaid, Food Stamps, Social Security, or other state or federal benefits and programs. Your Social Security Number will be validated with the Social Security Administration. If you are not a citizen of the United States, your work authorization in the United States will be validated with Homeland Security.

Special Security Notice

 

Precautions are being taken to keep the information you provide in this application private and secure. This online application is using a secure connection. Data submitted using this application is encrypted. You should be aware that using a shared computer may enable others to view your personal information.

IDENTITY VERIFICATION PROGRAM

 

Identity theft is the fastest-growing financial crime in America. For your protection and the protection of all New Jersey Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants against identity theft, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJLWD) has instituted an "Identity Verification" program whenever an unemployed individual files a UI claim or certifies for benefit payments.

You will be asked a series of multiple choice questions, obtained from public records that relate to your background to verify and confirm your identity and reduce the risk of fraud. If you are NOT the person whose identity is being used, you will not be able to answer the questions correctly.

Information which you provide on your claim is verified against state and federal records to insure that it is correct. NJLWD uses RSA, the Security Division of EMC Inc., to assist with the verification of your identity. The State of New Jersey and RSA do not retain, store or share your personal information that is provided for identity verification.

NJLWD staff is not informed of what questions are asked or how you responded to the questions. Instead, an identity Pass/Fail designation is assigned to each UI claim based on the responses to the questions.

NOTE: If you choose not to participate in the identity verification questions, you STILL will be permitted to continue with the filing of your UI claim or certify for benefit payments. HOWEVER, NO unemployment insurance benefit payments will be paid until NJLWD confirms that your identity has been properly verified.

If you elect not to answer the questions presented, you will be required to report in-person to one of NJLWD's designated office locations and to bring acceptable documentation to verify your identity. Information will be mailed to you, at the address that you indicate on your UI application, with a listing of what is acceptable identity verification documentation and the NJLWD designated office locations available for in-person verification.