Minnesota Unemployment Required Documents Information 

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

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

As a claimant, you must provide:

  • Social Security number
  • Alien registration number, if you are not a U.S. citizen
  • Driver’s license number or other state government identification number
  • Mailing address
  • Telephone number
  • Birth date

Bank account number and bank routing number, if you want to use direct deposit for benefit payment

You will need your employment history for the past 18 months, including:

  • Each employer’s name, address and telephone number.

  • Dates of employment (month and year).

  • Pay rate.

  • Reason for unemployment.

If you are a union member, you need to provide the union name and local/lodge number.

If you were in the military in the last 18 months, you will need information from your DD-214 Member 4.

If you were a federal employee in the last 18 months, you will need information from your SF 8.

To be considered “eligible,”claimants must:

  • Have earned sufficient wages.
  • Be legally authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Be unemployed through no fault of your own.
  • Actively seek work.
  • Be able and available to work.

You can file an initial UI claim online or over the phone. After a few days, you will be mailed a document stating your weekly benefit amount and how to request benefit payments. You will also be mailed a separate determination of eligibility or ineligibility. You must request payments every week to keep receiving benefits. You can certify your weeks online or over the phone. Instructions will be provided.


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.

To report fraud, visit: https://mn.gov/.

Try to include as much information as possible when doing a report. You are not required to provide your personal information, but it could be helpful.

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