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Employment Development Department
Employment Development Department


Eligibility for Disability Insurance Elective Coverage (DIEC)

Any self-employed individual or general partner who meets the requirements, may apply for DIEC. It is not required that all active general partners be included in the application.

A general partnership also includes a husband and wife as co-owners with both spouses 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


To speak with a representative in the DIEC unit, call 1-916-654-6288 or the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center at 1-888-745-3886 (TTY users dial the California Relay Service at 711). Representatives are available Monday through Friday; from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Offices are closed weekends and holidays.