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Get ready to apply for Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) benefits

Learn what documents and information you will need to apply for Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits.

Overview 

This page describes the documents and information you'll need to fill out the application for Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) benefits. The fastest way to provide documents is to upload copies while you're applying online, but you can also fax or mail them in.

Download a checklist of what you need to apply.

Table of Contents

For all types of leave

Information about you:

  • Proof of your identity

  • Your Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification number

  • Your employer’s 9-digit federal employer identification number (FEIN or EIN). You can find this on your W‑2 or 1099-MISC, or you can ask your employer.

Information about your leave:

For medical leave for your own serious health condition

Ask your health care provider to help you fill out a Certification of your Serious Health Condition form. You will use your health care provider’s answers on the certification form to fill out some parts of the application.

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For family leave to bond with a child

  • The child’s date of birth, due date, or the date they arrived in your home for adoption or foster care

  • Once the child is born or placed in your home, you will need to upload proof of birth or placement

Additional Resources

For family leave to care for a family member

Ask your family member's health care provider to fill out a Certification of your Family Member's Serious Health Condition form. You will use the health care provider’s answers on the certification form to fill out some parts of the application.

Additional Resources

For family leave for family members of active service members

Family leave to care for an active service member

Ask your family member's health care provider to fill out a Certification of your Family Member's Serious Health Condition form. You will use the health care provider’s answers on the certification form to fill out some parts of the application. 

Family leave to manage family affairs for an active service member

You’ll need to provide a copy of ONE of the following certification documents: 

  • A copy of the family member’s active duty orders 

  • A letter of Impending activation from the family member’s commanding officer 

  • An FMLA WH-384 form 

Additional Resources

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