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Kansas Unemployment Application

Information Required

When filing a new claim, you will need the following information:

• Your Social Security number
• Full mailing address, including apartment or lot number, Zip Code and PO Box if you use one.
• A phone number where you can be reached during the day.
• The name and mailing address of all your employers in the past 18 months, no matter how long you worked there.
Note: Your paycheck stub or W–2 form usually contains this information
• The date you began and stopped working for each employer and the reason you left each job.
• The county in which you live
• Your driver’s license number
• If you are not a citizen or national of the United States, your employment authorization number and expiration date
• If you were active duty military within the past 18 months, your DD–214, Member #4 form
• If you were a federal employee, your Standard Form SF–50 or pay stub

A record of your claim will not be established unless you are told your claim has been accepted. If you are unable to complete your claim application, the information you have entered will be saved for 14 days from the date you began filing the claim so that you can complete it later and within 14 days.

After your identity is verified, you can begin filing your claim again from the point where you left off.

Your claim is effective the week that you file your application for unemployment. If you do not finish filing your claim within the 14–day period following your first attempt, you will have to start over from the beginning and answer all questions again. In addition, the effective date of your claim will change which means you will not receive waiting week credit or payment for the previous week(s).

How to File?

You can choose to file –
Online or
By Phone


Click here to file an online application for unemployment insurance if:
• You are filing a new application for unemployment
• You need to open your claim again and you have worked since the last time you filed.

When filing online you must create a user name and password. Follow the instructions found there carefully. Your application is not complete until you reach the “Claimant Determination.”

The online service is available:
Sunday from noon to Monday at 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday thru Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

During the process, you may be asked to print forms that must be filled out and returned to the Kansas Unemployment Contact Center. This is important information that will be used to determine if you are eligible for unemployment benefits. A delay in the return of those documents may cause your benefits to be denied.

You can use the website to:

• File an application for unemployment insurance benefits
• File your weekly claim for benefits
• Check payment information
• Check the status of your claim
• Update personal information (phone number, mailing address, e–mail address)
• Reset your PIN (Personal Identification Number)

By Phone

If you cannot file online you can apply for unemployment benefits by calling the Kansas Unemployment Contact Center.

• You must use a touch–tone phone to file your claim over the phone:
• If you are using a touch–tone phone that has a pulse/tone switch, be sure the switch is set to tone.
• Most public pay phones can access our system.
• The phone system is busiest on Monday and Tuesday. If you call on those days, be prepared for longer hold times.
• You may consider calling Wednesday, Thursday or Friday when there are usually fewer callers.

Here are some circumstances where you must have to file your claim by phone –
• You worked in any other state than Kansas in the past 18 months
• You filed an unemployment claim with another state in the past 12 months
• You were in the military service or were federal employee in the past 18 months

If any of these circumstances apply to you, use the phone numbers below to file your claim. All other claims can be filed online.

Phone Numbers –
Kansas City Area (913) 596–3500
Topeka Area (785) 575–1460
Wichita Area (316) 383–9947
Toll–free number, if you live outside the local calling area: (800) 292–6333

Speech and/or hearing disabled Kansans can access the Kansas Relay Center by calling toll-free (800) 766-3777.

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday.
If you call outside office hours, you will only be able to complete the automated portion of your claim application. Your claim information will be saved for 14 days, allowing you to call back during office hours and speak to a claims specialist to complete your application, or you may complete filing your application online.

Claims Specialists are available Monday through Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (Central Time) except on state holidays.

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  1. I got a 1099-G saying I got unemployment for the 2020 and I never got any unemployment I never sign up for unemployment in 2020 I want this fix now I have a job and I have been working for over 26 year and never sign up for unemployment.

    • Bill,

      Please apply at the earliest. As much as I am aware, there is no grace period. You may call the Unemployment Office for further details.

  2. I worked in Kansas from 11/2011 to 9/2017. I accepted a job in another state and resigned from my position. I worked at the new place 3 weeks and they let me go. I don’t meet the requirements in Nevada since I only worked 3 weeks. Can I get benefits through Kansas?

    • Kevin,

      If you’ve had active employment and earnings in the last 4-5 calendar quarters, please call the Unemployment Office in Kansas to check if you’re eligible.

  3. I am trying to fill out my application for unemployment. I have a question regarding filling out the previous employer information. I was employed by a company from July 2003 till August 2016. The company that I worked for changed ownership but kept all the employees. So The business name changed but my location of work did not. What do I put down as a reason for leaving the job that I had from July 2003 to 2016?

    • If it’s a checkbox based option, please choose the closest or mention in the “Comments” space.

      Alternatively, you can also call the Unemployment Office for instructions.

  4. I have worked for the same company for the past year. I worked for them in OKlahoma until last December, then I was transferred to Kansas. I have only resided in Kansas for 6 months. Am I still eligible for unemployment benefits through the state of Kansas? If not, how does this work?

    • Yes, the part time income will have an saying. Please declare it with the Labor dept by calling them.

  5. I told my employer that my Dr. said that if my work stress was not addressed and changed I would have a stroke or heart attack. They did nothing to resolve that issue so I quit and relocated to another state. Can I draw UI if I can not find work.

    • You will not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons such as Lay off’s.

      Please inquire further with the Unemployment Office in your state.

    • Please consider applying after the severance pay period is over.

      You will not be eligible until the Severance package expires.

  6. I was hired for a job under the condition that I pass two qualifying examinations within 90 days, which I failed to do. Will I qualify for unemployment?

    • If you’re separation is treated as something that happened due to your fault,you may not qualify for UI benefits.

  7. I quit my job after 4 and a half years due to theft from dillons store for not scanning items and I worked at dillons warehouse due to policy I was told to resign and they wouldn’t terminate so it wouldn’t go on my record can I get unemployment in state of kansas

    • Was working at Dillons and do to my mental illness I pointed out with them. Waiting for court date for disability. Can I still get UI?

  8. I lost my job of two and a half years for my first attendance issue I was forced to leave work due to a legal matter will I be able to draw unemplpyment

  9. I applied for unemployment July 2012. I was suppose to have a phone interview in july but was in a job interview which I did not get because my phone rang. I since moved to MO and worked a few sesonal jobs. I cannot apply for unemployment in MO because of the case in KS even though I did not get benefits. Could you please let me know how to get unemployment as I am starving here and there are no job in the area I live.

    • I have been let go from my job with GE/SYNCHRONY due to a head injury, not able to work long on the PC as my head hurts, and the fall broke my right shoulder and ribs, no have 9 pins to hold the shoulder togather, I have been put on a Long term disibilty from my job under the GE, I was there 18 years,

    • This is a public website and not the unemployment office. I have removed your personal information. Please contact the unemployment office – you might check their website for alternate contact information.

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