Idaho Unemployment Required Documents Information 

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

To file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim, you will need to meet all eligibility requirements and provide proper documentation.

To be eligible, an individual must:

  • Be out of work due to no fault of your own.
  • Be able, available, and actively searching for work.
  • Be willing to accept all available work.
  • Report all work and earnings.
  • Report all other UI benefits, holiday, severance, bonus and vacation pay.
  • Comply with the work-seeking requirements you received when you filed your claim.
  • Earned sufficient wages.

The Department offers Idahoans an online tool to check eligibility for UI benefits.

To access this tool, visit:

Click on “Check Benefit Eligibility” and follow instructions.


Gather all documents and information to not delay the process.

You will need:

  • Social Security number

  • Driver’s license

  • Phone number

  • County of residence (if you live outside the state of Idaho)

  • Alien registration number and card (if not a U.S. citizen)

If you are a former member of the military service in the past two years, you need:

  • DD Form 214

  • Certificate of Release (or)

  • Certificate of Discharge from Active Duty

You will also need information about you former employers during the last two years.

This includes:

  • Business name

  • Address

  • Phone number

  • The dates your work started and ended

  • Total gross earnings

  • The reason you are no longer working for those employers

Work Search Requirements

Individuals are required, unless exempted, to contact two employers each week in their labor market that have the types of jobs you are looking for and are able to perform.

You must keep a record of your work searches. Work search logs may contain as much information as possible.

Applicable information includes:

  • Date of contact
  • Method of contact
  • Name and title of contact
  • Employer name, address, phone, email addresses, etc
  • Job title or position
  • Stage of the application process
  • Confirmation numbers/ job numbers

You may use the Department of Labor tools to find work.

To access Job Seekers, visit:

If you have questions regarding your work search requirements, call 208-332-8942.


It is against the law to omit or misrepresent facts and/or documents to qualify for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefit payments. Individuals who commit fraud are subject to penalties and/or criminal prosecution.

If you defraud Idaho’s UI system, you may:

  • Face a felony conviction.
  • Repay the entire amount in addition to penalties.
  • Repay fraudulently received benefits before obtaining future benefits.
  • Wait a minimum of 52 weeks for new benefits.

Amount of penalties are as follows:

  • 1st offense: 25 percent of the overpayment amount

  • 2nd offense: 50 percent of the overpayment amount

  • 3rd (or more) offense: 100 percent of the overpayment amount

To report fraud, call 1-877-540-8638.

You can also report online by visiting: is a privately owned website that is not owned or operated by any government agency.