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.  

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.

Helpful Hints for using the CSS portal and logging into UI Direct


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.