Information required to complete an application for unemployment benefits includes the applicant's Social Security number, state-issued driver's license or ID number, complete mailing address and the most recent employer's company name and mailing address. Federal employees must provide copies of forms SF8 and SF50, while service members provide DD 214.
Individual state laws determine the effect that severance payments have on subsequent unemployment benefits. Severance payments or packages must be reported when filing a claim. For example, California pays unemployment benefits concurrently with any severance received. Texas delays payment of unemployment benefits until the time period covered by the severance payments elapses. Florida reduces the weekly benefit amount by the amount of severance pay received for the week.