Oklahoma Unemployment Weekly Claims

Claims are filed on a calendar-week basis, Sunday through Saturday date. Weekly claims must be filed within fourteen days of the week ending date for the week to be considered timely. We recommend that you file on a weekly basis because claims filed after fourteen days will be considered untimely and will not be paid.

Filing Weekly Claim Certifications –

Weekly claim certifications can be filed by:
Internet – Oklahoma Network Initial Claims (ONIC)
Telephone – Interactive Voice Response (IVR)


Inside the Oklahoma City calling area use: (405) 525-1500
If you live outside the Oklahoma City calling area use: (800) 555-1554

Before you call IVR, make sure you have the following information:

  1. Social security number
  2. Personal identification number
  3. Information on any earnings and the number of hours you worked during the week (including vacation, holiday and severance pay)

Tips before calling:

  • Please do not use a cellular phone. To utilize the IVR system, you must have a TOUCH-TONE telephone or a regular push-button telephone with a TONE/PULSE switch. When using a regular push-button telephone with a TONE/PULSE, switch to Tone after you dial the number.
  • The general and payment information inquiry system is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
  • Peak activity occurs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, and Monday has the heaviest call volume.
  • The continued claim filing lines are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Remember, you must claim each week of benefits within fourteen (14) days of the week-ending date.
  • Customer Service Representatives are available Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

When you call IVR, the computer will follow a script and you will be asked specific questions. Additional questions may be asked based on your answers. Read through the sample questions before you call to save yourself time and confusion. You answer questions by using your telephone keypad and entering ‘1’ for YES and ‘9’ for NO.

Sample Questions

  • Oklahoma requires that you are able and available to work each week if employment is offered. Were you able and available for work during the week you are claiming?
  • You must report all work performed. Did you perform work during the week for which you were or will be paid?
  • Did you receive or are you entitled to severance pay for the week?
  • Did you receive or are you entitled to vacation pay for the week? NOTE: (Vacation pay is deductible if you have a return to work date.)
  • Are you entitled to holiday pay for the week you are claiming? NOTE: (Holiday pay is deductible in the week in which the holiday falls.)
  • Did you receive bonus pay for the week you are claiming? NOTE: (Bonus pay is deductible in the week in which it is received.)
  • Has there been any change in the amount of retirement pay or pension previously reported?
  • Did you refuse work during the week you are claiming benefits?
  • Did you quit a job during the week you are claiming benefits?
  • Were you discharged or fired during the week you are claiming benefits?
  • Oklahoma requires that you search for work each week in accordance to your work search plan that you established at the time you filed your claim. Did you make the required number of work searches in accordance with your work search plan?
  • Realizing you are liable for any false statements made to receive unemployment, do you certify that you have answered these questions truthfully and accurately?

There are other questions that may be asked depending on the type of claim or your response to the answers. Please remember, you must remain on the line until you have answered all questions and IVR tells you GOOD-BYE. You will be told whether your weekly claim certification has been accepted. If you meet all eligibility requirements, your weekly claim will be processed for payment. If the week is not accepted, you will be given additional instructions.

Claim Online

IMPORTANT: You must have Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 as your minimum browser in order to utilize the Internet for filing a claim.
The Internet/ONIC website is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
The web address to access the ONIC system.
The system will walk you through the procedures.

To access the Oklahoma Internet Claims System, please begin by entering your Social Security Number.

  1. Enter Social Security Number (SSN verified)
  2. Please enter your PIN number (PIN verified)

The system will then walk you through the questions.
Your claim will not be complete until you are given a confirmation number to indicate that your claim has been accepted.


Please look at job search requirements and how to apply for more information.

  1. my unemployment claim status went from non mon pending to waiting period back to non mon pending. What does that mean am i approved or not?

    1. Dear Victoria,
      It sounds like the OK Unemployment Office is still reviewing your claim. I would advise calling them, daily. There are so many reasons why they had you in “waiting period” then your claim went back to non mon status. They might need information from your previous employer, for example.



    1. Norma,

      I can understand your situation. There will be a delay considering the number of applications that are being processed. Please continue chasing the office/check your status online at regular intervals

  2. i i applied revieved my mon determination and my card then on week 3 of applying it tells me that there is a issue about a seperation from my job and called the ui office they said that it said that i was discharged not seperated also i havent been able to apply for the pandimic pay any suggestions on this

    1. April,

      It looks like there might be a dispute from your employer/the department might be waiting for an update from your employer. Please keep chasing the office regularly.

  3. I have been approved for unemployment benefits but haven’t received my unemployment card. And because of the virus that’s going on in the world and almost everyone filing for unemployment. I’m unable to get thu to talk to someone about if and when they mailed my card. So what can someone do that’s in my situation be able to find out about if and when ur unemployment card was mail to u. If u unable to get thu on the phone to find out. Thank u for a responsed

    1. Yolanda,

      Please try finding answers online since there might be limited phone support due to the shortage of staffing. You can use the “Resources” or “FAQs” section of the website.

  4. My husband filed for unemployment and was told he was approved and to wait for a card. We have been waiting for nearly 3 months. At first we were told that he had to refile online, then the address was wrong so we fixed that and called about it, was told that yes it was fixed and that we would be getting his card in the mail. Waited the 7-10 business days and nothing. It has now been 20 business days and still no card in the mail.

  5. I applied for benefits in December, 2019. At this time I have heard nothing and have received nothing. I can’t even get a real person to talk to me. I would at least like to be treated like a live person and not a computer.,

  6. I was laid off the 22nd of oct and received checks for pto for months of nov will receive one more minimum check on Wednesday, The questions were about retirement severance and work so answered them no. I may have answered them wrong I explanined at the beginning that I was 76 had worked for 62 yrs never laid off and no unemployment I have been pursuing at least 2 possible jobs per week but have been told no. Don’t believe I am able to start a new field but have applied for food service and also working retail as anything in my field has not been available. I would like to work one more year.

    1. Barbara,

      Please call the Claims Center right away for corrective steps. A representative should be able to guide you.

  7. After I was laid off, I received pay for my accrued “annual”, about a month after I was laid off. Is this considered “bonus” pay? It was not considered bonus pay by the company that laid me off. Just accured annual leave. Do I claim this as pay for work?? I went to the Workforce office, but they did not know. So I tried to call and ask and always a long wait. I really need to file for my week. Thanks for any help.

    1. Sandra,

      It will be considered as “income”. Please call the Claims Center to understand its impact on your weekly benefits.

  8. How do I get a statement of the days and times I filled my weekly claims each week? I have a hearing and need proof thanks.

    1. Kelly,

      You should be able to download it from the Unemployment Office’s website after logging in. Please call the Claims Center for further assistance.

    1. James,

      Please note this is a private forum and we do not have access to your claims file. Please call the Unemployment Office for claim status.

    1. James,

      You should be allowed to correct it within a stipulated time. Please call the Claims Center right away and speak to a representative.

  9. My 9 weeks of paid benefits are completed. Is there a provision for those that have not found a job after the initial approval?

    1. Karen,

      Only claims logged during the stipulated timeframe will be processed for payment. Please reach out to the Unemployment Office for more.

  10. I have been trying to sign on workforce OK but evidently do not have the correct password. How can I get that?

  11. hi Daniel I put my claim in for the week of 7/21 thur 7/27 and it said that something was wrong with my claim for that week but I did every thing the same as before?

  12. I was told on 7-19-19 that I hadn’t filed a claim in 3 weeks so I would need to reopen my claim, when I called on the 19th to do claim for the last two weeks that’s when I was told this.

    How do I reopen my claim so that I can still go back to the date of when I was fired? Need help to get this done

  13. Do I need to enter my search if I’m not sure if I was approved for unemployment or not yet? I don’t even have a PIN number to enter, so how would I get they?

    1. Carol,

      You will only have to begin the process officially once the ‘Letter of Determination’ has been issued. If you haven’t received one, please call the Claims Center for help.

  14. Where do I go to file my weekly claims? I have went to unemployment.ok.gov. This is not helpful, or I m doing something wrong. Can you help?

  15. Hi,

    My job ended in December 2018 and I am still unemployed. I am applying for free or reduced medical care and they asked whether or not I had filed for unemployment, which I guess is what is holding up their decision on whether or not I qualify. Is it too late to file for unemployment 6 months after the fact?

    1. Misty,

      To be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits, the claimant is required to have active employment and earnings in the last 4-5 calendar quarters. Please use the ‘Benefits Calculator’ to estimate. To further check your eligibility, please call the Unemployment Office.

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