Division of Unemployment Insurance


Weekly Filing for Continued Claims


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A Change in Filing Your Unemployment Insurance Continued Claims and Receiving Your Benefit Payments in 4 Easy Steps

  1. Watch for the date of the change.
      • On September 26, 2013, the Maryland Division of Unemployment Insurance will begin phasing in a change from biweekly continued claim filing (Telecert or Webcert) to weekly continued claim filing.
      • Weekly claim certifications will continue to be filed through the Telecert or Webcert system.
  2. File your weekly certification.
      • The first biweekly claim you file on or after September 26, 2013, will place you into a weekly claim certification cycle.
      • Once this happens, you will begin filing on a weekly basis.
      • The Telecert or Webcert system will provide the next available single week for you to file. You will continue to file one week at a time for as long as you are requesting unemployment insurance benefits.

Examples and More Information

  1. Watch your filing dates each week after September 26th.
      • You cannot file for a week of benefits until the week ends. All weeks end at midnight on Saturday.
      • Sunday is the first day you can file for the week that has just ended.
      • You can file a weekly claim certification for the prior week any time beginning at 12:01 am Sunday through 5:00pm Friday (EST). If you do not file your weekly claim on time, you may be denied benefits.
  2. Wait for your weekly benefits to arrive.
      • As a result of this change to weekly claim certification filing, you will also receive your unemployment insurance payments on a weekly basis, if otherwise eligible.
      • Payment is normally available on your debit card between 1:00pm (EST) and 5:00pm (EST) the next business day after the payment is issued. You can access this information on both the Telecert and Webcert applications.
      • You should contact an Unemployment Claim Center or the Claimant Information Service ONLY if your payment has not been issued.

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