Pennsylvania Unemployment Required Documents Information 

What Documents Do I Need to File an Unemployment Claim Pennsylvania

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) aids individuals who lost their job or whose working hours were reduced through no fault of their own. If you are experiencing this situation, you may file an unemployment compensation claim for benefits. Before filing the claim, you need to ensure you meet the requirements and that you have all the documentation that you will need to provide.


Before reviewing the documentation needed, make sure you comply with the following requirements to be eligible:

  1. You are financially eligible. You have earned enough wages and credit weeks in employment covered by the PA UC Law.
  2. You are totally or partially unemployed through no fault of your own.
  3. You are willing to maintain eligibility by being able and available to accept suitable job.


Before filing your claim, make sure you have collected the necessary information and documentation including:

  • Your Social Security Number.
  • Your home address, mailing address and telephone number.
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, you must present your alien registration number.
  • DD Form 214, if you were on active duty in the U.S. military during the last two years.
  • Information from Standard Form 8, Standard Form 50, W-2s and or pay stubs, if you worked for the federal government in the last 18 months.
  • The name of your last employer or the employer where you’re currently working less hours.
  • The complete mailing address of your last employer (name, street address, city, state, Zip Code).
  • The date you started working for that employer.
  • The date of the last day you worked for the employer.
  • The reason you left, or the reason you are working less hours.
  • The names of all employers where you worked in the last 18 months (name, street address, city, state, Zip Code).
  • The start and end dates for all employers where you worked in the last 18 months
  • The wages you earned for all employers where you worked in the last 18 months, and how you were paid (hourly, weekly, monthly).
  • Your bank name, street address, city, state and Zip Code.
  • Your bank telephone number.
  • Your bank account number.
  • Your bank account routing number.


The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry prevents, detects, investigates and prosecutes those who commit fraud with unemployment compensation. False statements and withholding information in order to obtain Unemployment Compensation benefits is committing a criminal offense and may be subjected to a fine or imprisonment.

If you are a witness of fraudulent activity regarding UC benefits, take your time to report it. You can also report employees of the Department of Labor and Industry who you consider are misconducting or being impropriate. Your information will be kept confidential and your identity may remain anonymous.

Call the Pennsylvania UC Hotline at: 800-692-7469 or visit this link to fill a form for a specific type of fraud: is a privately owned website that is not owned or operated by any government agency.