The District of Columbia

Department of Employment Services

Welcome to DOES Employer Self Service Portal

Employers who have paid wages in covered employment must register for an employer account. After the registration is complete you will receive an Employer Identification Number (EIN) and can begin to file wage reports and maintain your account via the online system.

- if you have an account registered with Employer Self Service Portal.
- if you do not have an account with Employer Self Service Portal.
- if you wish to continue the registration process.

Employer Announcements

Please be advised, effective October 1, 2017, the previous Department of Employment Services (DOES) Unemployment Insurance (UI) Tax Division mailbox,, will be discontinued. All inquiries and requests for the DOES UI Tax Division should be emailed to This will be the only email communication of this change. Please save the new mailbox to your address book. Sunset Information Notification

2018 Contribution Rate Notices were mailed on 12/15/2017 via US Postal Service. If you have not received your 2018 Rate Notice, please verify your mailing address on file and refer to option 'Wage Summary' for your 2018 tax rate.


The absence of an approved POA WILL impact the ability to file 3rd quarter of 2017 contribution reports or the remittance of any amounts due for these periods. In addition, a POA must be on file in order for the Agent to discuss account matters with DOES staff on behalf of the Employer.

If a valid and approved POA is NOT on file in ESSP for Employers that have elected to utilize TPA services, Agents will no longer have access to perform services for relevant Employer accounts until the POA has been uploaded, evaluated and approved.

In an effort to mitigate extended hold times over the phone, should you need further assistance, please send your inquiry/request in writing via email
Click Here to View the POA FAQ document

Pursuant to DC Code § 32–1009.01. Notice requirements for tipped wages; please be advised that restaurants and other employers having employees that are paid pursuant to § 32–1003(f)(1) (Tipped Employees), must submit a quarterly "Tipped Wage Report" to the Mayor via an Internet-based portal (ESSP) to ensure that employees receive a combined wage and gratuity (tip) income that is no less than the full minimum wage.

Employers and Agents can now upload an electronic file containing tipped wage information Click here to download the file specification instructions.

Please be advised, pursuant to DC Code §51-104(b)&(c), the 2017/4 due date for the submission of wage reports and payments for Quarterly Filers is Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

If payments due are not made by the aforementioned due date, interest will be assessed at a rate of 1 ½% per month until the amount due has been paid. Further, if any wage reports or payments due have not been submitted by the aforementioned date, a late penalty in the amount of 10% of the amount due or $100, whichever is greater, will be assessed to your account.

Out of State Wage Adjustment Requests – DOES Requirements - Click Here to View DOES Requirements

Effective immediately, pursuant to DC Code § 51-104 (e)(i), the Department of Employment Services (DOES) will no longer accept employer and agent out of state wage credit requests for period ending calendar year 2014. To receive this credit, employers or agents must submit a copy of the applicable wage summaries for each employee that the employer is attempting to receive credit for. Wage summaries for the respective states should include the employee’s name, SSN and earnings for the quarter and year. Additionally, supporting documentation must be provided supporting the claim for an out of state wage credit. Upon receipt of wage reports and supporting documentation, the employer or agent should expect a response from DOES within eight (8) weeks.

If you received a letter from DOES with your password and log-in to your account. If you have not received your credentials, please contact DOES @

Please be advised, on September 30, 2016, the Department of Employment Services (DOES) began issuing monthly bills to all employers/agents with balances due. These balances will be generated from the District of Columbia Unemployment Insurance Tax system of record – not the online Employer Self-Service Portal (ESSP); therefore your account may indicate discrepancies in balances due. Employers/Agents who view discrepancies in ESSP should refer to the hard copy of the bill issued from the District’s system of record.
Due to expected high call volume, DOES urges Employers/Agents to refer any questions regarding bills to

UI Tax Employer Guidance: DOES UI Employer Handbook - Click Here to View the DOES UI Employer Handbook

UI Tax Employer Guidance: Worker Misclassification Facts - Click Here to View Worker Misclassification Facts