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Requesting records

Request copies of your own records

You can do this yourself. If you don’t already have an eServices account, sign up for one to view your unemployment claim and wage details. You can see online:

  • Your unemployment claim information as far back as 2016.
  • Wages reported by your employers as far back as 2005.
  • Unemployment claim information for your former employees, if you are an employer.

For individuals: If you need or want ESD to send you the records instead, request copies of your own records using a PDF (53KB) or Word (43KB) form.

For employers: Request authorization to obtain copies of your records of unemployment claims using PDF (53K) or Word (43K) form.


Third-party program records requests

An individual or a third-party can submit an authorized signed records request online for:

  • A copy of an individual’s wages reported by state of Washington employers.
  • An individual’s unemployment payment history.

ESD will respond to these requests within one business day. Go to instructions and the online upload portal.

Request authorization to receive copies of an individual's records using PDF (53KB) or Word (43KB) form.


Public records requests

When the Employment Security Department (ESD) receives your request for public records, we will let you know within the five-day statutory period. At that time, we also will give you an estimated date for providing records.

Request public records using a PDF (45KB) or Word (36KB) form.


Other ways to request public records

You may request records from the Employment Security Department  via email, phone, fax or mail.

Contact for Public Records, Unemployment Insurance Records and Paid Family Medical Leave Records 

Email: recordsdisclosure@esd.wa.gov
Phone: 844-766-8930 from 10:30 a.m. to noon or 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except on state holidays.
Fax: 866-610-9225
Mail: Records Disclosure Unit
P.O. Box 9046
Olympia, WA 98507-9046 

Additional information

Laws that apply

  • Washington Administrative Code governing public records requests to ESD - WAC 192-02
  • Revised Code of Washington Public Records Act - RCW 42.56
  • Unemployment Insurance Records – RCW 50.13
  • Paid Family & Medical Leave Records – RCW 50A

Data-sharing requests

ESD’s data-sharing policies allow some confidential information to be accessible to eligible public officials, government agencies, WorkSource partners and others. You may request confidential information by submitting a data-sharing request. Learn how data-sharing works.

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