New York State Department of Labor - Unemployment Insurance Division
Record of Employment
(For Unemployment Insurance purposes only.)
Employer: Complete the following and give this form to every employee who quits, is laid off, or is discharged:
Date given to employee:
Payroll Records are kept at:_______________________________________
NYS Employer Registration No.:
Federal Employer Identification No.:
City:__________________________________ State:_______ Zip:________
Optional if needed by employer to locate employee record:
Payroll or Clock No.: ______________ Location of employment or code: __________________________________
Employee: Keep this certificate. Have it with you if you apply for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. This
certificate shows that your job was insured. It does not necessarily mean you qualify for benefits. The UI Claims
Center will make that determination if you apply. Please complete the following:
Your Name: ____________________________________________ Social Security No.:
This may not be used as an identification card.
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How to Apply For New York State Unemployment Insurance
Unemployment Insurance is temporary income for eligible workers who are out of work through no fault of their own.
It provides them a weekly benefit while they look for work. If you become unemployed and want to apply for
Unemployment Insurance benefits, apply online at for a quick and convenient way to file your
claim or call the Telephone Claim Center toll free at 888-209-8124.
Have the following information available when you apply:
Your Social Security Number.
Your NYS Driver License or Motor Vehicle ID card (if you have either one).
Your complete mailing address and zip code.
A phone number, including area code, where we can reach you from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday.
Your alien registration card (if you are not a US citizen and have a card).
Employer information (even employers in other states) for the last 18 months which includes:
• Employer names, addresses, and phone numbers.
• NYS Employer Registration Number or Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN). The FEIN
is on your W-2 form(s).
• Your total gross earnings (before any deductions) for each employer. You may be asked for pay
stubs, W-2 forms, or other payment records.
Your copies of “Notice to Federal Employee about Unemployment Insurance” (Form SF8) and “Notification
of Personnel Action” (Form SF50) if you were a federal employee.
8. Your most recent separation form (DD214) and any DD215 forms you have received from military service.
You can request a DD 214 through the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration website at:
A check from your personal checking account so you can provide your bank’s routing number and your
checking account number if you choose Direct Deposit of your weekly benefits.
You can file a claim without all of these documents. However, missing information could delay your first payment.