Retroactive Certification for Unemployment

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Certifying is answering basic questions every two weeks that tells us you’re still unemployed and eligible to continue receiving payments. Usually, you certify for benefits through UI OnlineSM, EDD Tele-CertSM, or the paper certification.

The certification requirement was temporarily suspended for regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims early in the pandemic through the week ending May 9, 2020. This was an emergency effort to help process a historically high number of unemployment claims.

  • If you received benefit payments during this time and did not submit a certification, you must now certify for those weeks to confirm your eligibility. This is known as “retroactive certification.”
  • If you returned to work during this time and received benefits anyway due to this temporary waiving of the certification period, we are required to receive a retroactive certification from you as well. Follow the instructions for completing the certification, including reporting how much you earned in wages during these weeks, and the EDD will follow up with information as to how any payments received can be returned to the EDD.

How It Works

You must submit any retroactive certifications by November 21, 2020. This will help us determine if you were eligible to receive benefits during the waived certification period.

For these waived weeks, use the retroactive certification application. Reporting wages in Ask EDD is not considered a certification. You must certify even if you did not work or earn wages.

If you do not retroactively certify, we will make a determination based on information available. If you were not eligible for benefits, you may receive a Notice of Overpayment, and you must repay the EDD.

Start Your Retroactive Certification

To retroactively certify, you will need your:

  • Last name
  • Date of birth
  • Social Security number

Retroactive Certification Application

Next Steps

After completing your retroactive certification, the EDD will determine if you were eligible for benefits during that suspended period. You will not be penalized if we determine that you were not eligible for benefits during the suspended certification period. However, you may receive a Notice of Overpayment with the amount you will be required to repay the EDD if you do not meet the overpayment waiver criteria.

To be considered for a waiver, you must complete the Personal Financial Statement, which will be mailed to you along with the Notice of Potential Overpayment. The information you provide on the Personal Financial Statement will be used to determine whether an overpayment waiver can be granted. The EDD determines whether the recovery of an overpayment would cause extraordinary hardship by evaluating your average monthly family income for the last six months.