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Reemployment Assistance benefits, also known as unemployment compensation, provides temporary wage replacement benefits to qualified individuals who are out of work through no fault of their own. Floridians in need of filing a claim for Reemployment Assistance benefits may do so online using the CONNECT system.

Claimants who have never filed for Reemployment Assistance benefits in the State of Florida, or who have not accessed their Reemployment Assistance account since September 1, 2021, must create a new Reemployment Assistance account log-in by completing a multi-factor authentication process to access their Reemployment Assistance account. For more information and a step-by step overview of the multi-factor authentication process, please see the Guide for Accessing Your Reemployment Assistance Account.

Before filing, make sure you have the following information available:

  • Social Security number
  • Driver’s license or State ID number
  • Your employment for the last 18 months including for each employer:
    • Name, address, and phone number
    • First and last day of work
    • Gross earnings (before taxes are taken out) during the listed dates
    • The reason for separation
    • FEIN (this is found on any W2 or 1099 tax forms you have received)
    • If you don’t have the FEIN, you can use employer details off of a recent paystub  
    • Claims filed without correctly reporting employers may experience delays. It is important to list the correct employment information when filing your claim. If you fail to do so, your benefits may be delayed while the missing employment information is obtained

Additionally, if you are one of the following, make sure you have this information available:

  • Not a U.S. citizen: Alien registration number or other work authorization form
  • Military employee: DD-214 member 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 may be used
  • Federal employee: SF 8 or SF 50
  • Union member: union name, hall number, and phone number

Once you complete your application, you will be required to complete the following:

  • Register for work through Employ Florida
  • Review your monetary determination
  • Keep a record of your weekly job contacts and request benefits biweekly
  • Review your Home page in CONNECT to complete any open fact-findings and review any important messages on your account



Please review How to Avoid Reemployment Assistance Claim Issues for more information on steps you can take to help prevent issues with your claim.

You may be exempt from filing an online application and/or the work registration requirements. Please review the Exemption Notice for more information

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Reemployment Assistance Handbook CONNECT Claimant User Guide




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It is not necessary to use friends or family members for interpretive services. DEO offers assistance to people who do not speak English as their primary language and those who have a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English. We also provide assistance to people who are unable to file a claim for various reasons. To speak to a Creole or Spanish speaker or use translation services, call the Customer Service Contact Center: 1-833-FL-APPLY (1-833-352-7759) Mon. - Fri. 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

People who need assistance filing a claim online because of legal reasons, computer illiteracy, language barriers, or disabilities may call: 1-833-FL-APPLY (1-833-352-7759).

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