Frequent Questions About Kansas Unemployment Benefits

How soon should I file for Kansas unemployment insurance benefits?

  •  You should file for your UI benefits as soon as you become unemployed
  • If you wait, you may not receive benefits for the period you wait.

What is the best way to file for Kansas Unemployment insurance benefits?

  • The best way to file for your Kansas UI benefits is online or by phone?

What information do I need to file for Kansas unemployment Insurance benefits?

The information needed to file your KS UI benefits includes:

  • Your Social Security number
  • You mailing address and PO Box if you use one
  • Your phone number
  • Your last employer name and mailing from last paystub.
  • The date you began and stopped working for the last 18 months
  • Your county information
  • Your driver’s license number
  • For non citizens – your employment authorization number and expiration date.
  • If active duty military within the past 18 months, your DD-214, Member #4 form
  • If federal employee, your Standard Form SF-50 or pay stub
  • Information on separation or vacation pay, you will receive in the future.

What is the maximum Unemployment Benefit I can Get in Kansas

  • Your Kansas UI benefit amount can range between $125 to $503 per week.
  • You can get from 16 to 26 weeks of Kansas UI benefits.
  • Your benefit amount will be states in your monetary determination letter.

What happens after I file for my KS unemployment benefits?

After you file your claim you will receive an “Unemployment Insurance Monetary Determination” letter which includes:

  • The start date of your claim
  • The amount of wages reported by each employer
  • Your base period
  • Your weekly benefit amount
  • Your total benefit amount

When do I file my weekly claim for KS unemployment benefits?

  • To file your weekly claim visit and click on FILE A WEEKLY CLAIM.
  • You file your weekly claim on Sunday afternoon or evening or Monday before 7 p.m.
  • Your calendar week for UI benefits runs from midnight Sunday to midnight the following Saturday.
  • You must file each week to get your weekly payments.
  • If you do not file within 14 days your claim will become inactive

How do I get paid for my KS Unemployment benefits?

  • You will get paid on a debit Master Card which will be post mailed to you.
  • You must file your weekly claim for UI payments.
  • Payments will be made only if all your eligibility requirements are met.
  • Your claim will become inactive if you have not filed a weekly claim in 14 days.

How soon will my KS Unemployment Benefit Payment start after filing?

  • You will normally receive your UI benefit after 3 business days, after you file your weekly claim.
  • You must file a weekly claim for your benefit payment for each week.
  • Your benefits may be delayed because of holidays or if their is an investigation.
  • You must file your weekly claim if being investigated.

How can I find out if my Kansas UI benefit payment has been issued?

  • You can obtain the status of your claim clicking the CHECK YOUR CLAIM STATUS on your online account.
  • You can also call you local Unemployment Contact Center to check your claim status.
  • If your benefit has not been issued the system will tell you the reason.

How can I access KS online unemployment benefits system?

  • You can access KS unemployment benefits system by visiting
  • Select the Get Started Here option at the top of the page.

What can I do on

  • File your application for unemployment insurance benefits.
  • File your weekly claim for benefits
  • Check your payment information
  • Check the status of your claim
  • Update your personal information
  • Reset your PIN (Personal Identification Number)
  • Review the Unemployment Insurance Desk Guide
  • View resources on unemployment insurance benefits

Can I file an appeal if I am denied KS  Unemployment Benefits?

  • Yes! If you disagree with your Notice of Determination you can file an Appeal
  • You must file your appeal with the Kansas Department of Labor within 16 days of the post mail date of your determination letter.
  • Your appeal rights and filing an appeal info are explained on the back of your Notice of Determination letter.
  • Write your letter asking for an appeal and submit it to the KS Office of Appeals.
  • Your appeal letter must include your name, last four digits of your SS number, your address, phone number, and the determination you are appealing.
  • After you request an appeal and your appeal scheduled, you will receive a Notice of Telephone Hearing.

Mail Your Appeal to

Office of Appeals

401 SW Topeka Blvd, 2nd Floor
Topeka, KS 66603-3182

Phone: (785) 296-1800

FAX: (785) 291-6086

How do I contact Kansas Department Of Labor?

Contact Center Mailing Address
P.O. Box 3539
Topeka, KS 66601-3539
Fax: 785-296-3249

Unemployment Contact Center Locations Kansas City: 913-596-3500 Topeka: 785-575-1460 Wichita: 316-383-9947 Toll-Free: 800-292-6333

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