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Welcome to the Railroad Retirement Board’s online Claim for Sickness Benefits.  This service provides sickness claim(s) Form SI-3 for railroad employees who have already filed an application for sickness benefits. If you have not completed and mailed a sickness application (SI-1a) click here for a printable copy to apply. After we receive your application and you meet the qualifying criteria the Railroad Retirement Board will mail you claim form(s) and make claim form(s) available to you on our internet website under Benefit Online (Mainline) Services, Claim Sickness Benefits.

You may be eligible for sickness benefits if you:

  • are unable to work due to sickness, injury, pregnancy, or the birth of a child;
  • receive no wages, salary, pay for time lost, vacation pay, holiday pay, military reservist pay, pay under a wage continuation pay, sick pay or other pay from railroad or nonrailroad employment for the days you claim benefits.
  • obtain an application for sickness benefits from your employer, labor organization, or RRB office;
  • have your doctor complete the statement of sickness in support of your claim for sickness benefits;
  • complete and file the application for sickness benefits within 10 days of the first day you became sick or injured.

If you are unemployed and able to work, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits explained in Booklet UB-10. To obtain unemployment benefits, you must timely file Form UI-1.

Only residents of the United States can use this online claim service. If you live outside the United States, mail your paper claim to your RRB field office.

To file claims online you must first establish an account.

If you have not established an account, go to PIN/Password.

If you have already established an account, you are ready to use this service.  If you are not logged in, you will be required to do so.

Before completing your online or paper claim read the section titled "Instructions for Completing Claims for Sickness Benefits (Form SI-3)” in booklet UB-11, Sickness Benefits for Railroad Employees and SI-1AB Application (English) or (Spanish) UB 11-S Beneficios de Desempleo para Empleados Ferroviarios.

Important: The time for filing a claim is 30 days from the last day of the claim period or 30 days from the date the form is mailed to you or made available on the Internet, whichever is later. Do not file both a paper and on-line claim for the same claim period(s).

Allow up to 15 calendar days from the date you submit your claim on the Internet to receive payment.  If you do not receive payment or other notice within 15 days, contact your local RRB Office for information about the status of your claim.

If you are not currently receiving payments by Direct Deposit, and wish to sign up, please contact your local RRB field office.

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