How to Apply for Unemployment in Texas
If you are a resident of Texas and have lost your job, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Applying for unemployment in Texas is a straightforward process, but there are a few important things to keep in mind before you get started.
Table of Contents
- Eligibility Requirements
- The Application Process
- What to Expect Next
- Appealing a Denial
Before you apply for unemployment benefits in Texas, it is important to make sure that you meet the eligibility requirements. To be eligible for unemployment in Texas, you must:
- Be unemployed through no fault of your own
- Have earned enough wages in your base period (the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters before the quarter in which you file your claim) to establish a claim
- Be physically able to work
- Be available for work
- Be actively seeking work
- Register for work search with WorkInTexas.com within three days of filing your claim
Before you start the application process, it’s a good idea to gather all the information you’ll need to complete the application. You’ll need:
- Your Social Security number
- Your Texas driver’s license or ID number
- Your employment history for the last 18 months, including employer names, addresses, and phone numbers, and dates of employment
- Your earnings history for the last 18 months, including the dates and amounts of your earnings
- Your alien registration number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
- Your military employment history (if applicable)
- Your banking information for direct deposit of your benefits
The Application Process
You can apply for unemployment benefits in Texas online, by phone, or by mail. The quickest and easiest way to apply is online through the Texas Workforce Commission website. To apply online, follow these steps:
- Go to the Texas Workforce Commission website
- Click on “Apply for Benefits”
- Follow the instructions to create a new account or log in to an existing account
- Complete the application form
- Submit your application
If you prefer to apply by phone or mail, you can call the Texas Workforce Commission at 1-800-939-6631 or download and print the paper application from the Texas Workforce Commission website. If you choose to apply by mail, be sure to fill out the application completely and accurately, and send it to the address provided on the form.
What to Expect Next
After you submit your application, the Texas Workforce Commission will review it and determine whether you are eligible for benefits. If you are eligible, you will receive a determination letter that explains how much you will receive in benefits, for how long, and when your payments will begin. If you are not eligible, you will receive a denial letter that explains why.
If you are approved for benefits, you will need to request payment every two weeks. You can do this online, by phone, or by mail. If you request payment online, you will need to log in to your account on the Texas Workforce Commission website and follow the instructions. If you request payment by phone or mail, you will need to follow the instructions provided in your determination letter.
Appealing a Denial
If your application for unemployment benefits in Texas is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision. To appeal a denial, you must request a hearing within 14 days of the date on your denial letter. You can request a hearing online, by phone, or by mail.
At the hearing, you will have the opportunity to present evidence and testimony to support your claim. The hearing will be conducted by an administrative law judge, who will make a decision based on the evidence presented. If you disagree with the judge’s decision, you can appeal to the Appeals Tribunal, and then to the Texas Workforce Commission’s Appeals Panel.
Applying for unemployment benefits in Texas can be a lifeline for those who have lost their jobs. By following the eligibility requirements, gathering the necessary information, and completing the application process, you can give yourself the best chance of receiving benefits. If your application is denied, don’t give up. You have the right to appeal the decision, and you may be able to receive benefits after all.