Virginia Unemployment Required Documents Information 

What Documents Do I Need to File an Unemployment Claim Virginia

For the most part, Virginia residents will need to provide more information, rather than documentation to apply for an initial unemployment claim. This information is primarily personal, and relates to your past employment history, identifications, work status and more. Below is a list of information that you will be asked for when you file your claim. This list may have a combination of information you can simply relay to the person on the phone, or input into the online application, and documentation that may need to be submitted via mail, or email if need be:

  • Social Security number

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

The following information on past employers from the past 18 months:
  • Employer names

  • Addresses

  • Phone numbers

  • All of the dates that you were employed for, for each position.

If you have obtained work through a union previously, they will also need the name and phone number for the local union hall.

In addition, be ready to select a payment method for your unemployment benefits. You have two choices:
  • VA debit card
  • Direct deposit
The Virginia Employment Commission recommends setting aside at least 45 minutes to file your claim, whether by phone or online. This does not include the wait time you may face should you choose to file over the phone.

Once you have gathered all the necessary documentation, you should begin the process of filing your claim. Remember, there are two ways to file: online, or by phone.

If you have questions about the documentation or information needed, reach out to a local office. You can show up in person or call. Here is a link to help you find the office closest to you: is a privately owned website that is not owned or operated by any government agency.