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Tennessee Unemployment Required Documents Information 

We are an online resource to help answer your questions, check eligibility and assist in applying for Unemployment. You will also be advised if you qualify for additional benefit programs and receive our benefit guide.

What documents do I Need to file an unemployment claim Tennessee

Every unemployment claim filed in Tennessee will need the same basic information provided in order to be processed. There may be additional documentation or information required from certain individuals, but the main information needed will stay the same. Below is a breakdown of what that information is, as well as some of the common additional pieces of documentation you may need to provide:

  • Social Security Number

  • Information on every employer you had in Tennessee over the past 18 months:

    • Name of the company

    • Contact name for an Human Resources employee, or manager of your department

    • Phone number for the company

    • Address for the company

    • Reason for separation from most recent job

  • If you obtained your job through a union, have the name and phone number handy

  • Driver’s license or state ID card number

  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, but able to work in the U.S. provide your Alien Registration Number

  • Also have any non-Tennessee-based employer information available to provide

  • It is a good idea to gather all of this information ahead of time. That way you will be able to move swiftly through your application for unemployment. Once you have provided all this information, you will be able to complete your application and get a response shortly. Should your claim be denied based on the information you provided, you will have the option to file an appeal. To file an appeal, use the following link: https://ui.tn.gov/. The appeals application is available during the same hours as the online application for unemployment (Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Central Time.)

    If you still have more questions on the documentation required, or any other in-depth questions regarding filing an unemployment claim in Tennessee, then you should take a look at the Guide to Unemployment Benefits provided by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workplace Development Division of Employment Security. That PDF document is located here: http://tdlwd.tn.gov/GuideToUIBenefits.pdf.