What is an EDD Number?
An EDD Customer Account Number is the 10-digit state unemployment insurance identification number that the Employment Development Department of California assigns to a company.
It can be used to register for UI Online services.
It can also be used to register an employer account on the EDD CalJobs website for the purposes of filing mandatory State Workforce Authority SWA Job Orders in compliance with CFR 656.17 PERM Labor Certification guidelines.
The Employment Development Department has a very useful FAQ on all things “Unemployment Insurance”.
How do I register for an EDD Number?
To register for an EDD Number (in California) use this link: https://www.edd.ca.gov/payroll_taxes/e-Services_for_Business.htm
The EDD Number form will look like this when you receive it. (see below image)
It’s on a form known as DE-5614. Click here for a PDF sample: https://www.edd.ca.gov/pdf_pub_ctr/de5614.pdf
How do I find my company’s EDD Number?
Per the EDD do as follows:
All Unemployment Insurance customers who file a new claim will automatically receive their Employment Development Department (EDD) Customer Account Number (DE 5614) letter within 10 business days of filing.
If you have lost, misplaced, or never received your EDD Customer Account Number, contact the EDD:
By Phone: Call 1-800-300-5616 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Pacific time), seven days a week.
Online: Go to Ask EDD and select the category Unemployment Insurance Benefits, the sub category UI Online, and the topic EDD Customer Account Number.
Select Continue at the bottom of the page to begin the process of submitting your message.
See below image example. Click on the image to visit Ask EDD.
Why do I need an EDD Number for PERM Recruitment?
It’s necessary for PERM Recruitment to satisfy the CFR 656.17 requirement to post a Job Order on the appropriate State Workforce Authority online website.
For filings where the jobsite is in California, that means the Petitioner / Employer must register on the EDD CalJobs website. This requires an EDD Number. This registration is additional to the registration for an EDD Number. CalJobs is a standalone site just for SWA Job Orders.
Refer to the other areas of this FAQ for more information.