How to File a Paid Family Leave (PFL) Claim in SDI Online
The fastest and easiest way to file a PFL claim is online through SDI Online.
1. Gather Required InformationYou must provide following information to file a PFL claim:
- First and last name.
- Social Security number.
- California Driver License number.
- Most current employer’s business name, phone number, and mailing address (as stated on your W-2 or paystub).
Provide the information below ONLY if it applies to you:
- Any wages you received or expect to receive from your employer (sick leave, paid-time-off [PTO], vacation pay, annual leave, and wages earned after your stopped working).
- Any workers’ compensation claim information.
2. Register for SDI Online
Visit SDI Online to register for an account and create a username and password. An Employment Development Department (EDD) Customer Account Number will be provided upon completion of the registration process. A notification of registration will also be sent to you via email and US Postal Service. You will now be able to log into your account to file a claim.
3. Login to SDI Online to File a New Claim
Follow these directions to file a new claim through SDI Online:
- Select “File a New Claim” under the Main Menu on your home page.
- Select either “Paid Family Leave Bonding” or “Paid Family Leave Care” and follow the steps on each section to fill out the form. Note: If you are a new mother transitioning from a disability-related pregnancy claim, the form you need to complete (DE 2501FP) will be located in your inbox.
- Review your completed form information for accuracy.
- Select “Submit” to send the completed SDI Online Part A to the EDD.
- On the confirmation page, be sure to write down the Form Receipt Number. If this is a PFL Care claim, you will need to provide this number to the care recipient’s physician/practitioner.
- When to submit a claim: Submit your claim no earlier than nine days after the first day your family care begins, but no later than 49 days after your family care begins or you may lose benefits.
- Duplicate claims: Do not submit duplicates of the same claim. This will delay claim processing.
4. Attach Additional Documentation Required
Bonding – New Mother: No additional documents needed.
Bonding – Other: For mothers without a prior pregnancy disability claim, new fathers, and foster or adoptive parents bonding, you will need to provide a Proof of Relationship document with your claim. You may mail it as paper document to be matched to your claim or scan and upload it to your computer to submit with your claim using SDI Online. Select “File a New Claim” under the Main Menu on your home page and select “Submit Electronic Paid Family Leave Bonding Attachment.”
Care Claims: Along with your Part A Statement of Claimant, you must also provide the Care Recipient’s Authorization for Disclosure of Personal Health Information and Part C - Statement of Care Recipient signed by the care recipient or their authorized representative. These additional forms may be downloaded from the confirmation page when Part A was submitted online. You may scan and upload it to your computer to submit with your claim using SDI Online. Select “File a New Claim” under the Main Menu on your home page and select “Submit Electronic Paid Family Leave Care Attachment.” If using the paper claim form, it can be mailed in to the EDD in the envelope provided.
You also need Part D - Physician/Practitioner’s Certification of the Claim for Paid Family Leave (PFL) Benefits (DE 2501F) completed and signed by the care recipient’s physician/practitioner. Provide your Form Receipt Number to the physician/practitioner so they can submit the medical certification. The physician/practitioner may submit the certification using SDI Online or you can have them complete and sign a paper version.
Be sure to talk to the physician/practitioner about their process for submitting a PFL claim; they do not all follow the same process.
It is your responsibility to have the physician/practitioner complete and sign the form and submit it to the EDD within 49 days from the date your family leave begins or you may lose benefits.
5. Completion of Your PFL Claim Filing
Your claim will not be processed until all the required sections (as explained in previous steps) of the application are received. The EDD will contact you with the status of your claim. If you want additional information on how to file a claim online through SDI Online, review the SDI Online Claimant Tutorial.
Please note that your employer will be notified that you have submitted a PFL claim. However, medical information is confidential and will not be shared with your employer.
For more information, visit After You File for PFL: Claim Processing.