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Employment Development Department
Employment Development Department


Eligibility for Disability Insurance Elective Coverage (DIEC)

Any self-employed individual, business owner, or general partner who meets the requirements, such as receives the major part of his/her income from the trade, business, or occupation in which he/she is self-employed or a general partner may apply for coverage. It is not required that all active general partners be included in the election. A general partnership also includes a husband and wife co-ownership in which both spouses are active in the operation and management of the business. Limited partners and corporate officers are not eligible since they are considered to be employees subject to the mandatory provisions of the California Unemployment Insurance Code.

Major Requirements


For additional information on requirements please reference the EDD Information Sheet, Elective Coverage for Employers and Self-Employed Individuals (DE 231EC) and/or the California Unemployment Insurance Codes (Section:701-713) . For additional informational materials, visit the DIEC forms and publications page.

To speak with a representative in the DIEC unit, call 916-654-6288 or the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center at 1-888-745-3886. Representatives are available Monday through Friday; from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Offices are closed weekends and holidays.