How to File Unemployment Benefits Claim in California

To file an unemployment benefits claim in California, you need to whether you meet specific California unemployment benefits eligibility requirements.

California Unemployment Benefits Application Eligibility Requirements
There are 8 items you need to check before application:

  1. Have received enough wages during the base period to establish a claim
  2. Be totally or partially unemployed
  3. Be unemployed thru no fault of his/her own
  4. Be physically able to work
  5. Be available for work which means to be ready and willing to instantaneously accept work
  6. Be actively looking for work
  7. Meet eligibility requirements each week benefits are claimed
  8. Be approved for training before training benefits can be paid

For more eligibility information, please check EDD website.

Then ask your former employers give you a copy of employment booklet. The UI Code, Section 1089 requires employers to provide the booklet.

File California Unemployment Benefits Application Online
eApply4UI is the official site to file California unemployment benefits application. The link is eapply4ui.edd.ca.gov, this is the fastest way to file your claim. eApply4UI provides both English and Spanish application access, you can choose the one you are familiar with and apply online.

File California Unemployment Benefits Claim by Telephone
EDD has both automated self service phone system and customer service representative to help you finish the claim by telephone. They also have different phone numbers for different languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese speaking customers can speak to customer service representative directly.

For automated self service and information check, 1-866-333-4606 is the number for English speaking customers, 1-866-333-4606 is the number for Spanish speaking customers.

For telephone application, you can all 1-800-300-5616 for English, 1-800-326-8937 for Spanish, 1-800-547-3506 for Cantonese 1-866-303-0706 for Mandarin and 1-800-547-2058 for Vietnamese. For deaf and hard of hearing callers, you can call 1-800-815-9387, the TTY toll-free number. This will put you in direct contact with an EDD customer service representative who can provide you with unemployment insurance services.

File California Unemployment Benefits Application by Mail and Fax
Except online and application by telephone, you can also use Fax and mail to finish the application. Download UI Application, DE 1101I document from

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