Apply for Benefits

Reemployment Assistance Benefits, formerly known as unemployment compensation, can be filed online using CONNECT. If you have never filed in Florida before, use the “File a New Claim” link to start your application and create a profile. If you have filed previously, please log in using your Social Security Number and PIN. If you no longer have your PIN, select the “Forgot PIN” button to regain access to your account.

Before filing, make sure you have the following information available:

  • Social Security Number
  • Driver’s License or State ID Number
  • Your employment for the last 18 months including for each employer:
    • Name, address, and phone number
    • First and last day of work
    • Gross earnings (before taxes are taken out) during the listed dates
    • The reason for separation
    • FEIN (this is found on any W2 or 1099 tax forms you have received)
    • If you don’t have the FEIN, you can use employer details off of a recent paystub  
    • Claims filed without correctly reporting employers may experience delays. It is important to list the correct employment information when filing your claim. If you fail to do so, your benefits may be delayed while the missing employment information is obtained

Additionally, if you are one of the following, make sure you have this information available:

  • Not a U.S. Citizen: Alien Registration number or other work authorization form
  • Military Employee: DD-214 Member 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 may be used
  • Federal Employee: SF 8 or SF 50
  • Union Member: union name, hall number, and phone number

Once you complete your application, you will be required to complete the following:

  • Register for work through the Employ Florida
  • Review your Monetary Determination
  • Keep a record of your weekly job contacts and request benefits biweekly
  • Review your Home page in CONNECT to complete any open fact-findings and review any important messages on your account

You may be exempt from filing an online application and/or the work registration requirements. Please review the Exemption Notice for more information

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Reemployment Assistance Handbook CONNECT Claimant User Guide




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It is not necessary to use friends or family members for interpretive services. DEO offers assistance to people who do not speak English as their primary language and those who have a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English. We also provide assistance to people who are unable to file a claim for various reasons. To speak to a Creole or Spanish speaker or use translation services, call the Contact Center: 1-800-204-2418.

People who need assistance filing a claim online because of legal reasons, computer illiteracy, language barriers, or disabilities may call: 1-800-681-8102.

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Apply for Benefits

In between jobs?

  Unemployed?

Start your application in CONNECT

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Contact Us

E-mail a reemployment assistance agent

Reemployment Assistance Hotline
1-800-204-2418
or
Self Service Visual IVR

Reemployment Appeals Hearings Hotline
1-800-732-8212

FRAUD HOTLINE
1-800-342-9909

 Reemployment Assistance fraud is a 3rd degree felony. Each offense is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 fine.


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