DLLR Reminds Marylanders There is No Fee to File UI Claims


BALTIMORE (December 1, 2010) – Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez reminds Marylanders that they do not have to pay to file an unemployment insurance claim, and that DLLR has bilingual staff and translation services available to assist individuals who do not speak English.

Recently, staff members in DLLR’s Division of Unemployment Insurance became aware that individuals who did not speak English were being charged by others in exchange for help filing their unemployment insurance claims over the phone. However, DLLR is able to accommodate claimants who do not speak English, and there is no charge to file a claim.

It is critical that individuals file their own unemployment insurance claims in order to protect the confidentiality of their personal information and to ensure that they receive all of their benefits.

“In these difficult economic times, unemployment benefits ensure people can continue to pay their bills, feed their families and put money back into the local economy. Marylanders should know that they do not need to pay to access these critical resources, even if they speak a different language,” Secretary Sanchez said.

Individuals filing unemployment insurance claims should have the following information ready before calling the claim center or filing over the internet:

  • Social Security number
  • Company name, address and phone number for all companies you have worked during the last 18 months
  • Social security numbers for any children 15 years of age or less
  • If not a U.S. citizen, alien number from the document from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services

Collecting unemployment benefits does not affect an individual’s status or future status with immigration. If an individual is filing an initial claim or a continued claim, and not for the extended benefits approved by Congress, DLLR encourages them to file online.

Claim Center Telephone Numbers