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Qualifying for Unemployment Benefits in Colorado

Qualifying for Unemployment Benefits in Colorado

In order to qualify for benefits, you must have lost your job through no fault of your own.

Qualifying for Unemployment

Colorado Department of Labor & Employment will contact your previous employer(s) to help us determine whether or not you may qualify.

Colorado Department of Labor & Employment will review the reasons you stopped working to determine if you can be paid benefits.

Quitting Your Job

You have the right to leave a job for any reason at any time, but your reasons for leaving will determine if and when you will receive benefits.

Discharged or Other Reasons

You may still be elegible for payment if you were discharged from your job.

Legal Presence Requirements

Colorado law requires anyone 18 years and older to provide proof that he or she is lawfully present in the United States before receiving unemployment benefits. You must provide one of the following forms of identification (ID):

  • Valid Colorado driver´s license or a valid Colorado ID card.
  • United States military ID card or a military dependent ID card.
  • United States Coast Guard Merchant Mariner card.
  • Native American tribal document.
  • Valid driver´s license or ID card issued by another state or Canada.
  • U.S. Passport.

After you have filed for unemployment your claim will take 4-6 weeks to process. Be sure to:

  • Read all the materials you receive in the mail, to ensure you understand your responsibilities as a claimant.
  • Maintain your eligibility by looking for work.
  • Request payment every two weeks. Report any and all earnings and hours worked at that time.

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