California Unemployment Required Documents Information 

What Documents Do I Need to File an Unemployment Claim in California?

Before starting the unemployment insurance claim process, make sure to have all documents and information necessary with you.

You will need:

• Name
• Social Security number
• Your state issued driver’s license or ID card number, if you have either.
• Mailing and residence address
• Phone number.

 • The last date you worked for any employer.
• If working part-time, inform EDD you are still working. Provide the number of hours you are working each week and the last day you worked prior to filing a UI claim.
• Last employer information, including: name, address (mailing and physical location) and phone number.
• Information on all employers you worked for during the 18 months prior to filing your claim, including: name, period of employment, wages earned and how you were paid.
• The name of the employer you worked for the longest within the last year and a half; and the number of years you worked for that employer.
• The reason you are no longer working for your last employer.
• A person who is laid off is out of work through no fault of his/her own.
• If you quit, were fired, or left work because of a trade dispute, you will be scheduled to a future telephone interview. EDD will determine your eligibility based on all information gathered.
• To present proof of whether you are receiving, or expect to receive any payments from a former employer. These include wages, pension payments, holiday pay, and vacation or sick pay.
• Severance pay is not deducted from unemployment insurance benefits.
• Severance does not affect your eligibility to receive benefits.
• You must report severance pay at the time you file your unemployment insurance claim.
• To present proof of whether you are able to work and available to accept work
• To present proof of whether you have a legal right to work in the United States.
• Alien registration number (if applicable).


Make sure you satisfy eligibility conditions.

Eligibility can be defined by these factors:
• Monetary eligibility criteria: Individuals must have earned enough money during a four-quarter base period in order to receive benefits.
• You are out of work or your hours are reduced through no fault of your own.
• You are an individual physically able to work.
• You are actively seeking work and ready to accept work.
• Meet eligibility requirements each week benefits are claimed.
• Be approved for training before training benefits can be paid.

Individuals must complete a claim form every two weeks and return it to the Department for payment. You must meet all eligibility requirements every time you claim to keep receiving benefits. These include being physically able to work, available for work and actively looking for work. If you don’t meet the requirements, the Department will schedule a phone interview. Your benefits may be reduced or denied.


EDD wants to guarantee that fraud doesn’t take place. Some common threads include identity theft and imposter claims. Fraud happens when individuals use another person’s personal information to take his or her identity and/or intentionally file a claim.

If you have been a victim of identity theft, you can file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) online at or call 1-877-ID-THEFT. The FTC also encourages individuals to file a police report; place a fraud alert on your credit reports and review them periodically; and close the accounts that have been affected.

If you suspect a potential imposter claim, you can report it online at or call 1-800-229-6297.

To report Disability Insurance (DI), Paid Family Leave (PFL) or Unemployment Insurance (UI) fraud, call 1-800-229-6297.

To report Payroll Tax Fraud call 1-800-528-1783 or email is a privately owned website that is not owned or operated by any government agency.