Certify for Payment of Unemployment Benefits

Has it been one year since you first filed for benefits? No need to worry – we’re working to keep your claim active. Find out what it means when your benefit year is ending.

Regular Unemployment Insurance Certification Timeline - English | Spanish | Polish | Chinese | Arabic | Tagalog | Hindi

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Certification Timeline - English | Spanish | Polish | Chinese | Arabic | Tagalog | Hindi

  • The best way to complete your certification is online from 3:00am – 7:30pm on your designated certification day, or on Thursdays or Fridays, including holidays.
  • You may also certify by tele-serve at 312.338.4337.

Common mistakes to avoid when certifying

Maintain your eligibility for current and future unemployment insurance benefits by familiarizing yourself with the following common mistakes or misunderstandings. 

Examples of UI fraud include situations where an individual:
  • Returns to work but continues to collect UI benefits
  • Works at a part-time job but does not report their earnings to IDES, thereby collecting more benefits than are allowed
  • Works odd jobs while collecting UI benefits but does not report the earnings when filing his or her weekly claim
Violators could face:
  • Large fines and penalties
  • Prison sentences
  • Offset against state and federal income tax returns
  • Loss of future UI benefits
References: Note: Any information submitted by you to IDES may be verified through computer matching programs in order to determine your eligibility for Unemployment Insurance benefits.