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How to Get an Unemployment Benefit Extension

Get your benefits extended so you can continue to search for work and have some help paying your bills.


  • Step 1: Return your completed paperwork either in person or by submitting the paperwork online.
  • Step 2: Wait for a response for your request to extend your benefits. Most states will notify you by phone but some will send your response by mail.
  • FACT: In 1932, Wisconsin was the first in the United States to enact unemployment benefits.
  • Step 3: Fill out the unemployment extension form by visiting your local unemployment office or filling out the forms online.
  • TIP: Some states require additional identification numbers, such as a MARVIN pin in Michigan. MARVIN stands for Michigan's Automated Response Voice Interactive Network.
  • TIP: Most states will allow -- and some states will require -- you to extend benefits online or by telephone.
  • Step 4: Determine if you qualify for an extension. Each state has different regulations on who can qualify, so read through the information carefully.
  • Step 5: Gather the paperwork and documentation you need to extend your benefits. Most states require your social security number or another ID number.
  • Step 6: Locate your state's unemployment office. Check with the local branch of the Department of Labor if you have trouble locating it.

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