This checklist gives examples of the information that may have to be verified to determine your eligibility for SNAP and/or TANF. Use this checklist to help you gather the items needed for your interview.

  • Identity of person making application and authorized representative, if applicable
  • Divorce decree marriage license, death certificate for spouse
  • Proof of relationship of children to you (TANF only)
  • Alien Status for any non-U.S. citizen
  • Checking or savings account, or union or bank statement
  • Names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and places of employment of the absent parent(s) of your children
  • Trust funds
  • Medical expenses for anyone age 60 or older or disabled
  • Stocks and/or savings bonds
  • Social Security number for all individuals
  • Proof of where you live
  • Property owned, sold, or transferred
  • Pregnancy
  • Dependent care (child/disabled or aged dependent care)
  • Rent and Utility expenses
  • Income

If you have any current medical documentation to verify a current medical condition, please bring it to your appointment.  At the time of your interview you may be asked to furnish additional information and/or verification, depending on your circumstances.

Failure to keep your SNAP or TANF application appointment will cause your SNAP or TANF application to be denied.


Items to be Verified

Bring or Send One or More of the Following:


  • Driver’s license
  • Work or school ID
  • Work badge
  • Health insurance ID
  • ID for another assistance program
  • Voter registration card
  • Birth certificates
  • Draft cards or military ID
  • Medicare Card
  • United States Passport
  • Proof Of Where You Live
  • Rent or lease receipts from landlord
  • Utility bills
  • Mortgage payment book
  • Tax receipts
  • Documents showing home address

Alien Status

  • INS 1-151 Alien Registration Receipt Card
  • 1-551 Re-entry Permit; 1-94 Arrival Departure Record

Social Security Numbers

  • Social Security Card for each member
  • Official document containing the Social Security Number
  • Social Security Award Letter


  • Check stubs
  • Statement from employer
  • Benefit award letter from Social Security
  • SSI
  • Veterans Administration
  • Unemployment Compensation
  • Business records for self-employed
  • Lay off or termination notice
  • IRS 1040 Form – for self-employment

Trust Funds

  • Wills
  • Court orders
  • Deeds or other documents by which the trust was established

Medical Expenses

  • Medical bills from hospitals or clinics
  • Pharmacy printouts
  • Health insurance premium receipt or stub
  • Payment agreement with doctor, and/or hospital


  • Statement from a licensed physician or medical personnel in a public health or outpatient clinic


  • Rent or lease receipt from landlord
  • Utility bills (gas, electric, water etc.)
  • Telephone bill
  • Property tax statement
  • Home owner’s insurance policy
  • Mortgage payment books

Dependent Care

  • Child care or day care receipts or statement from provider

Property Owned

  • Sold or Transferred
  • Deeds
  • Sale or transfer papers

Proof Of Relationship

  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage licenses
  • Insurance policies
  • Wills