Information for Reemployment Assistance
We are here to help you find employment and provide helpful resources as they become available. You may be eligible for Reemployment Assistance benefits through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). DEO has waived the waiting week for Reemployment Assistance, as well as, the work search requirements due to COVID-19. This is applicable to any claims filed AFTER March 15, 2020. If you completed your application PRIOR to March 15, 2020, you MUST complete the online work registration. While the work search requirement is currently waived, individuals are still required to log onto the CONNECT system every 2 weeks to complete their request for benefits. The work search is waived for individuals for the weeks of March 15, 2020 to May 2, 2020. However you MUST fulfill the work search requirements for any weeks PRIOR to March 15, 2020.
On Friday, April 3, 2020, DEO provided updated information about the reemployment benefits, including the new CARES Act. The CARES Act provides an additional $600 per week to eligible Reemployment Assistance recipients and opens up Reemployment Assistance to those who are self-employed, independent contractors, and nonprofit employees. Additionally, the one week waiting period has been waived. DEO released additional Frequently Asked Questions specific to COVID-19 Reemployment Assistance and the CARES Act which you can find here. The US Department of Labor has also released a page with information on the CARES Act you can find here.
Due to the increased volume of online applicants, DEO has offered a downloadable Florida Reemployment Assistance paper application. Please note that paper applications could potentially take longer to process than completing an online application. If you are submitting a paper application, please complete and mail to:
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
P.O. Box 5350
Tallahassee, FL 32314-5350
For a copy of the paper application in English click here. Para una copia de la solicitud en papel en espanol clic aqui.
To file for Reemployment Assistance online click here.
On Friday, March 20th, 2020, DEO released additional Frequently Asked Questions specific to COVID-19 which you can find here. Additionally they have released information to help determine your qualification and eligibility for Reemployment Assistance benefits. That information can be found here.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is currently experiencing higher than average wait times when contacting the Reemployment Assistance Program. For Frequently Asked Questions click here or watch this Reemployment Assistance Application Guide video by DEO.
We recommend reviewing the FAQs links provided above prior to calling to help alleviate long wait times. If you need assistance with filing your claim via phone call 1-800-204-2418
PIN & Technical Questions:
How can I reset my PIN to regain access to my profile?
After entering your Social Security number on the CONNECT login page, select the “Forgot PIN” option to reset you PIN after verifying your information. IF you cannot reset the PIN contact DEO at 1-800-297-0586. You can submit documents verifying your identity to the department. Please provide a signed copy of your Social Security card and a copy of your valid driver’s license or state ID. Please allow three business days for the document to be reviewed and, then contact the department at 1-800-297-0586 to verify your information. Fax: 321-332-6608 or Email: IdentityRequest@deo.myflorida.com
Are there any restrictions for my PIN?
Yes, please make sure your PIN meets the following criteria:
- Your PIN must be four digits
- Your PIN can only be numbers. Letters and symbols are not allowed.
- Your PIN cannot be the numbers 1111, 9999, 0000, or 1234.
- Your PIN cannot be the last 4 digits of your social security number.
To file for Reemployment Assistance click here.
A guide to Reporting Your Employment Information DEO video.