Online Services

The Virginia Employment Commission's Claimant Self-Service (CSS) online portal is available for filing initial claims, reactivating existing claims, and filing weekly claims for unemployment benefits.  If you are unable to use the online services, you can file a claim by calling 1-866-832-2363 (Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).

Note:  In order to continue to make improvements for our customers, the VEC has scheduled maintenance every Wednesday from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and every Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon when customers are not able to access self-service platforms.  The end times are approximate.


File Your Virginia Unemployment Claim Online

Filing instructions and login

File a claim in another state

You can also

  • File a new claim for unemployment benefits.
  • Reopen an existing claim after a break has occurred in your weekly request for payments.
  • File a partial claim.
  • File your continued / weekly claim for benefits.
  • Set Electronic payment method - debit card/direct deposit.