Rhode Island Unemployment Required Documents Information 

What Documents Do I Need to File an Unemployment Claim in Rhode Island

As you have probably imagined, you will need to provide certain information about yourself and your previous employer(s) in order to qualify for any unemployment benefits. Almost every state in the United States will ask for the same general information, and Rhode Island is not an exception. The information that will be asked of you will be a combination of simple personal information that you will likely know off the top of your head, such as your phone number, address and Social Security number, and then more detailed information regarding previous employers and any connection to a union.

Make sure you gather all of these documents before attempting to file an initial claim. There are a lot of people that need to apply for unemployment, so wait times are high, especially when you want to complete the process over the phone. The worst thing you could do to yourself is to start applying unprepared. In the long run, this will only take you more time.

To help make the process simple, below you will find a lit of documentation that you will need to file your initial unemployment claim in Rhode Island:

  • Social Security Number

  • Phone number

  • Home address

  • The following information on all your employers from the past 18 months:

    • Name of business

    • Contact name

    • Business phone number

    • Business address

    • Start and end dates for each job

  • The name and phone number of your labor union or hiring hall, if applicable

  • Alien Registration Number, if you are not a U.S. citizen

  • The names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth for all dependent children

  • Your driver’s license or state issued ID number

  • Your bank account and routing number (if you choose direct deposit as your payment option)

Once you have all of these items together, you are ready to begin processing a new claim either online or over the phone. Refer to our page on “Filing an Initial Claim” for the contact information to complete this process. If you have further questions on the documentation needed, call the help line at 401-462-8000.

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