State of California Employment Development Department (EDD)

State Disability Insurance (SDI)

(800) 480-3287
(209) 466-2514

Please see below.


State Disability Insurance (SDI) is a partial wage-replacement insurance plan for California workers. The SDI program is state-mandated and funded through employee payroll deductions. SDI provides affordable, short-term benefits to eligible workers. Workers covered by SDI are covered by two benefits: Disability Insurance (DI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL).

The eligibility requirements are:

  • PFL was established for workers who suffer a loss of wages when they need to take time off from work to care for a seriously ill child, spouse, parent or registered domestic partner, or to bond with a new child
  • Workers who suffer a loss of wages when they are unable to work due to a nonwork-related illness or injury
  • Pregnancy or childbirth
  • May be eligible for DI benefits

Individuals must meet the following requirements:

  • Be unable to do your regular or customary work for at least eight consecutive days
  • Be employed or actively looking for work at the time you become disabled
  • Have lost wages because of your disability or, if unemployed, have been actively looking for work
  • Have earned at least $300 from which State Disability Insurance (SDI) deductions were withheld during a previous period
  • Be under the care and treatment of a licensed doctor or accredited religious practitioner during the first eight days of your disability. The beginning date of a claim can be adjusted to meet this requirement. Must remain under care and treatment to continue receiving benefits.
  • Complete and mail a claim form within 49 days of the date you became disabled or you may lose benefits.
  • Doctor must complete the medical certification of your disability. A licensed midwife, nurse-midwife, or nurse practitioner may complete the medical certification for disabilities related to normal pregnancy or childbirth.

If you are under the care of a religious practitioner, request a “Practitioner’s Certificate,” DE 2502, from the SDI office. Certification by a religious practitioner is acceptable only if the practitioner has been accredited by Employment Development Department.

Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Main Location
3127 Transworld Drive
Suite 150
Stockton, CA  95206
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