Kansas Unemployment Application
Kansas unemployment benefits offer financial support to those who have lost their jobs and meet certain eligibility criteria. These benefits are managed by the Kansas Department of Labor and are intended to provide temporary relief while you search for new employment. To take advantage of this support, you’ll need to apply and regularly update your status, showing that you’re actively looking for work.
How to apply for Kansas unemployment benefits
You are highly encouraged to apply for Kansas UI benefits online. If you don’t have access to the internet, you can visit a local KANSASWORKS Workforce Center and use the computers in the resource room.
The online service is open at the following times:
- Sunday – Monday: 12 pm Sunday to 9 pm on Monday
- Tuesday – Friday from 7 am to 9 pm
- Saturdays – 7 am to 10 pm
Apply by phone
Applying by phone is not recommended due to long wait times. However, you can call the following phone numbers to apply:
- Topeka Area: (785) 575-1460
- Kansas City Area: (913) 596-3500
- Wichita Area: (316) 383-9947
- Outside Local Areas: (800) 292-6333
Some applicants are actually not allowed to file online and must do so over the phone. If any of the following conditions apply, you’ll need to submit your unemployment application by phone:
- You’ve worked in a state other than Kansas within the last 18 months.
- You’ve filed for unemployment in another state within the past year.
- You’ve been in military service or worked as a federal employee within the last 18 months.
For all other situations, you can file your claim online. Keep in mind that the online process is easy, quick, and secure.
Information needed to apply
Before applying, have the following information ready. Having this information will speed up the application process and minimize the chance of errors.
- Start and end dates for your jobs over the last 18 months, along with why you left each position
- A daytime contact phone number
- The name of the county where you reside
- For recent military service within 18 months, provide your DD-214, Member #4 form
- For past federal employment, supply your Standard Form SF-50 or a recent pay stub
- If you’re not a U.S. citizen or national, include your work authorization number and its expiration date
- Your driver’s license ID number
- Your most recent employer’s name and mailing address, regardless of the time spent working there
- Your Social Security ID number
- Any severance, vacation, or holiday pay you’ve received or expect to receive
- Note: Check your pay stub or W-2 form for most of this information
- Complete mailing address, including any apartment or lot number, Zip Code, and PO Box if applicable
Verifying your identity
All new applications undergo identity verification through the Social Security Administration. Kansas DOL sends the name and Social Security number of new claimants in a secure transaction to the SSA.
Your Social Security number might be selected at random for additional checks. Submitting the requested information is a requirement for determining your eligibility for unemployment benefits.
Required Documents for Identity Verification
Kansas DOL needs a copy of both your Social Security card and either your driver’s license or another state-issued photo ID. Send these documents by mail or fax by the deadline specified in the Identity Verification form you received.
If you don’t provide the necessary documents by the due date, you won’t be eligible for benefits until the required paperwork is received. Meanwhile, keep filing your weekly claims so you can receive backdated payments if the issue gets resolved.
Creating your online account
Information Needed for Account Setup
To create your account, you’ll need your first and last name, Social Security number, phone number, email address, a username, password, and a personal identification number (PIN).
Your username and password should be at least six characters long and can include numbers, letters, and symbols. Remember these details – you’ll use them to file both your initial and weekly claims.
Choose a four-digit PIN without repeating numbers or sequences like “1111” or “1234.” The PIN serves as your electronic signature, along with your Social Security number, adding an extra layer of security.
Once your account is created, you can file an initial application for unemployment insurance, submit your weekly claims, check payments, monitor claim status, update personal info, and much more.
After you apply
Once you finish your unemployment claim, you’ll get an “Unemployment Insurance Monetary Determination” letter. This letter covers details like the start date of your unemployment claim, wages reported by employers, your base period earnings, and calculates your weekly benefit amount. In Kansas, the maximum number of weeks you can receive benefits is 16 weeks.
The letter tells you if you’ve earned enough wages for unemployment insurance benefits. If you find any discrepancies or missing info in your Determination Letter, get in touch with the Kansas Unemployment Contact Center and be ready to show proof of the correct wages, such as check stubs or W-2 statements.
Receiving a monetary determination doesn’t automatically qualify you for benefits. Kansas DOL might need extra information from you or your employer to confirm your eligibility.
You must maintain eligibility by certifying each week. While your claim is under review, don’t forget to file your weekly claim and perform the required work search activities to continue receiving payments. You must also register at KANSASWorks and upload your resume into the system.
If your application is denied
If the Kansas Department of Labor denies your unemployment claim, you can appeal the decision. The appeal process provides a platform for you to share extra details or correct any inaccuracies that contributed to your claim’s rejection.
During this process, you can submit new evidence and participate in a formal hearing. A successful appeal could reverse the original denial, making you eligible for the unemployment compensation you originally applied for.