Certifying for Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefits
After you have filed a UI claim, you must certify for benefits and meet eligibility requirements to receive benefit payments. This information can help guide you through the certification process and avoid common mistakes that may delay benefit payments.
Getting Started: Certifying for Benefits
- Certifying for Benefits Process
An overview of certifying for benefits.
- Ways to Certify for UI Benefits
You can certify for benefits online, by phone, or by mail.
- Understanding the Continued Claim Certification Questions
How to answer eligibility questions before certifying for benefits.
- Understanding Messages Displayed on a Duplicate (Reissued) Continued Claim Form
If a certification is incomplete, missing information, or completed incorrectly, the EDD will mail you a duplicate (reissued) Continued Claim Form (DE 4581) with a message. This page explains what the messages mean, what you can do, and how to prevent these delays.
Properly Reporting Information and Collecting Benefits
- FAQs - Reporting Work and Wages
Find answers to frequently asked questions about reporting work and wages (all earned money or income).
- Fraud Prevention and Detection Activities for Work and Wages
Important information on how the Employment Development Department (EDD) detects unreported work and wages and how individuals can prevent fraud and penalties.
- How to Report Work and Wages
Find information and examples on how to report work and wages on the Continued Claim Form (DE 4581)
- How to Report School or Training
Find information and examples on how to report school or training on the Continued Claim Form (DE 4581)
- Where is Your UI Benefit Payment?
Find out how to access your benefit payment information by phone.
- Tips to Avoid UI Payment Delays, Overpayments, and Penalties
Avoid common errors that could delay payment and/or result in overpayments and penalties.
- How to Avoid Committing Fraud When Collecting UI Benefits
Understand your legal responsibilities and follow requirements set by state law to avoid penalties.
- Collecting Benefits
Frequently asked questions on collecting benefits.
- Improper UI Payments
Information individuals should know about their UI Claim, such as requirements, state laws, common mistakes, and employment services.
Related Forms and Publications
- A Guide to Benefits and Employment Services (DE 1275A)
This guide provides claimants detailed information and eligibility requirements for UI benefits. This is commonly referred to as the UI Handbook.
DE 1275A - English DE 1275A/C - Chinese DE 1275A/S - Spanish DE 1275A/V - Vietnamese
- Unemployment Insurance Benefits: What You Need to Know (DE 1275B):
This booklet was mailed to you after your UI claim was filed and will help you understand the claim process, when benefits are payable, and your responsibilities when certifying for benefits.
DE 1275B - English DE 1275B/CC - Chinese-Cantonese DE 1275B/CM - Chinese-Mandarin DE 1275B/H - Hmong DE 1275B/R - Russian DE 1275B/S - Spanish
- Sample Continued Claim Form (DE 4581):
This is a sample of the Continued Claim Form for Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants to use to certify for UI Benefits.
DE 4581CTO - English DE 4581CTO/A - Armenian DE 4581CTO/CC - Chinese-Cantonese DE 4581CTO/CM - Chinese-Mandarin DE 4581CTO/H - Hmong DE 4581CTO/K - Korean DE 4581CTO/L - Laotian DE 4581CTO/P - Punjabi DE 4581CTO/R - Russian DE 4581CTO/S - Spanish DE 4581CTO/T - Tagalog DE 4581CTO/V - Vietnamese