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District of Columbia Unemployment Weekly Claims

You may file your weekly claim for benefits over the Internet at You may also file your weekly claim over the telephone at 202-724-7000.

In either case, you will need to use the password that you created or that we mailed to you when you filed your initial claim. If you do not know your password, you may contact the Department’s Call Center at 202-724-7000.

Filing your weekly claim form over the internet or over the phone is the fastest and most efficient way to certify for benefits.

If you are unable to file over the internet or over the telephone, you may file your weekly claim by mail.

Shortly after you file your initial claim application, you should receive in the mail your first claim form. If you do not receive this form within seven (7) days of the date you submitted your claim application, you should contact the Call Center.

The earliest you can file your weekly claim is the Sunday following the week ending date on the form. To assure prompt payment, you are advised to file your weekly claim on either the Sunday or the Monday following the week ending date on the claim form.

  1. I’ve already declared 13 unemployment week’s certified by DOES (see Payment History), but à I haven’t ever been paid.
    First week: 7/31/2021
    Last week: 10/23/2021

    • Have you chased the Unemployment Office? 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 until payments normalize.

  2. I have same problem every week they must change things every week bad an off you got bills that has to be pay a they the thought a different problem like I don’t have a noff on my plate .

  3. I filed an initial claim by mail. I need to file weekly claims online. I get my weekly form for my next filing. Please send a step by step process to get the next weeks form once I am in the does.dcnetworks website.


    Jim Lawor

  4. Today’s Date:1/27/18 – Please help me. I have just started the DC Unemployment Process on 1/19/18. (1) I have tried for hours and hours to figure out how to use the weekly claim internet ( and failed. (2) I tried the phone number of 202-724-7000 and had to listen to a ridiculously long list of options, with none referencing me how to file a weekly claim. (3) I then went on line to see if I could get a copy of the “weekly claim form”, which is no where to be found. (4) And now I am on this web page and pushed the above noted “Green Button”, only to be taken to PDF conversion website. Why is this so difficult. Please direct me to a source of information so I can file my “weekly claim”. Thank you for your help.

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