Michigan Unemployment Required Documents Information 

What Documents Do I Need to File an Unemployment Claim in Michigan

To file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim, you need to satisfy all document and eligibility requirements.

As a claimant, you need to provide one of these:

  • Social Security number
  • Driver’s license number
  • State identification number

Have the following work information available:

  • Names and addresses of employers you have worked for in the past 18 months
  • Quarterly gross earnings
  • The last date of employment with each employer

If you are not a U.S. citizen or national, you will need your alien registration number and the expiration date of your work authorization.

In terms of eligibility, all individuals must:

  • Be able to work.
  • Be available for work.
  • Actively look for work. 
  • Be unemployed through no fault of your own.
  • Have earned sufficient wages.

You may file your initial claim online or over the phone. After that, you must certify for UI benefits every other week to keep claiming payments. You may do so online or over the phone.

To file biweekly claims, you will need:

  • Social Security number
  • Personal Identification Number (PIN)

Work Search Requirement

You must go to the nearest Michigan Works! Agency (MWA) to register for work. You must fulfill this requirement at least three days before collecting your first UI payment.

For locations, call 1-800-285-9675 or visit: http://michiganworks.org/.

You can also create a profile on Pure Michigan Talent Connect at: http://www.mitalent.org/.

Some individuals may be exempted from this requirement. If you have any questions, contact the Unemployment Insurance Agency at1-866-500-0017.


Reporting or omitting information to qualify for UI benefits is punished by the law. Attempts to claim and receive benefits fraudulently can result in loss of benefits, fines or imprisonment. You may report fraud in Michigan online or over the phone.

To report online, visit: https://miwam.unemployment.state.mi.us/.

To report over the phone, call the Fraud Hotline at 1-800-822-1122.

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