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Steps The Self-Employed Should Take To Register For (PUA) Benefits In Delaware.

If you are an independent contractor or a self-employed worker in Delaware and want to receive Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) as detailed in the CARES Act, please review and follow the steps detailed below.


Step 1: Apply for traditional UI benefits. Get started by visiting the website


Step 2: Receive a denial letter or monetary determination of zero or insufficient wages. (Proceed to step 3)


Step 3: You will receive a confirmation letter by mail. Qualified applicants will receive a confirmation letter with their PUA Benefits website access instructions by mail.


Letters begin mailing the week of May 11, 2020.


Step 4: Access the PUA system to submit your claim for assistance.  



Read the full May 4th press release about Pandemic Unemployed Assistance (PUA), the self-employed and independent contractors.

To view our most updated frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) regarding unemployment insurance, and to be notified when the application for benefits is available for self-employed individuals and independent contractors in Delaware, text uifacts to 555888.

Additional resources are available on our websites at or You can also call our offices at 302-761-8446. Call hold time is longer than usual. For a quicker response please email Include your full name, including middle initial, contact information and claim number.

To process an initial claim for unemployment benefits please visit

Delawareans with questions about coronavirus [COVID-19] or their exposure risk can call the Division of Public Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-408-1899 or 711 for people who are hearing impaired from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, or email For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to