File Your First Claim for Benefits. Note: "Filing for benefits" or "filing a claim" means to apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits: you are filing a claim for Unemployment Insurance, similar to filing a claim with an insurance company.
Certify for Weekly Unemployment Insurance Benefits. Both "claim weekly benefits" and "certify for benefits" refer to the way you tell the DOL that you are still unemployed, ready and able to work, looking for a job, and in need of Unemployment Insurance benefits.
All NEW applicants for Unemployment Insurance will be referred to New York's ID.me site to verify their identity. This process replaces the previous method for submitting documents unless an applicant meets the special instructions for non-citizens or claimants below the age of 18. When signing into the ID.me system after being selected for identity verification, you must use the same email address that you used to file your claim for benefits. If you fail to do so, the completion of your verification will take longer than the normal processing time.