Colorado Unemployment Required Documents Information 

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

To file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) Claim in Colorado, you will need the documents listed below:

  • Social Security number
  • Information on any employer you have worked for over the past 18 months:
    • Dates worked
    • Rate of pay
    • Reasons you are no longer working

* The Division of UI will request information from the employer as to the reasons for the job separation.

  • You must show proof that you are lawfully present in the United States. You must provide one of the following:
    • Valid Colorado driver’s license or a valid Colorado ID card
    • United States military ID card or a military dependent ID card
    • United States Coast Guard Merchant Mariner card
    • Native American tribal document
    • Valid driver’s license or ID card issued by another state or Canada

If you are approved for benefits, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) disburses funds in two ways: a personal Colorado Automated Payment (CAP) Card or direct deposit into a checking or savings account of your choice. If you choose direct deposit, you will need your Social Security number and Unemployment Personal Identification Number (PIN).



Aside from the proper documentation, you need to be eligible for benefits.


To be considered “eligible,” you must:

  • Be unemployed through no fault of your own.
  • Be able to work.
  • Be available for work.
  • Be willing to seek and accept suitable work.
  • Provide proof that you are lawfully present in the United States.
  • Register with your local Workforce Center.

Continued Eligibility


After filing an initial claim, you must remain eligible and file biweekly claims. In order to maintain eligibility, you must be unemployed through no fault of your own, able to work, available for work and be willing to seek and accept suitable work.



Reporting or omitting information to qualify for UI benefits is punished by the law. This is something the Colorado UI Program takes very seriously. That is why the Department audits UI claims regularly.


To fight fraud, the Unemployment Insurance Integrity is in charge of:


  • Detecting employer and claimant fraud.
  • Establishing and collecting overpayments.
  • Conducting employer audits.
  • Collecting delinquent tax reports and taxes due.
  • Conducting quality reviews of benefit payments.


If you receive benefits fraudulently, you:

  • Must repay the benefits plus a 50 percent penalty.
  • May be disqualified from receiving future benefits.
  • May also be charged criminally in state and/or federal court.


To report fraud, visit:


To contact Unemployment Insurance Integrity:
Denver Metro Area: 303-318-9035
Outside Denver Metro Area: 1-877-464-4622 is a privately owned website that is not owned or operated by any government agency.