Florida Creates New Coronavirus Unemployment Application Website

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced a new, mobile-friendly online application for COVID-19 unemployment.

“The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is committed to ensuring Floridians are able to receive the benefits owed to them during this global pandemic,” said Ken Lawson, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

“The team is working around the clock to make the process for applying for Reemployment Assistance as easy as possible for Floridians.”

How To File For Unemployment Benefits In Florida

Floridians who do not have a current open unemployment claim should complete their application online at www.FloridaJobs.org/RAApplication.

If a Floridian chooses to submit a paper application for COVID-19 unemployment benefits, they should mail their application to DEO, and a representative will call when their application is processed.

Paper applications may take longer to process than completing an online application.

Paper applications can be mailed to:

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
P.O. Box 5350
Tallahassee, FL 32314-5350

How To Apply For Unemployment Benefits In Florida

Step 1 – Collect all information needed to complete the Reemployment Application.

You will need the following information to submit an application for COVID-19 unemployment assistance benefits:

Social Security number
Driver’s License or State ID number
Employment information for the last 18 months for each employer:
Employer ID – FEIN number (this is found on your W2 or 1099 tax form), if available
Employer name (name on pay stub), address, and phone number
First and last day of work
Gross earnings (before taxes are taken out) covering the last 18 months
Reason for separation

If you are one of the following, make sure you have this additional information available:

Not a U.S. Citizen: Alien Registration Number or other work authorization form
Military employee: Copy of your DD-214 Member 4; If you do not have the Member 4, then a copy of your Member 2-7 may be used.
Federal employee: SF-8 or SF-50
Union member: Union name, hall number, and phone number

Any Floridian who has lost their job due to COVID-19, is encouraged to complete an unemployment application. The following are the steps needed to complete an application online or by mail.

Step 2 – Submit your Florida unemployment application.

You can apply online at www.FloridaJobs.org/RAApplication or print an application for unemployment benefits at www.FloridaJobs.org/COVID-19.

CareerSource locations across the state are available to assist with completing and submitting your online application.

They are also available to provide paper applications. Visit CareerSourceFlorida.com for center locations.

FedEx is also offering Floridians the option to print and mail applications for coronavirus unemployment benefits at locations throughout the state free of charge.

Visit https://local.fedex.com/en-us/fl/ to find a participating location near you.

Step 3 – Receive your Florida unemployment application confirmation.

If you mail your Florida unemployment application to DEO, a representative will contact you after your application is processed.

A written determination will be provided electronically and/or by mail to explain if you are monetarily eligible, and if you are, what your weekly benefit amount will be.