Document Guide

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Assistance Program eligibility and requirements can differ from state to state and city to city. However, based on our experience there is one factor all programs have in common. They all require various supporting documentation to verify every member of a household that applies for benefit programs. 

If you are reading this, we will assume that have access to the internet. This is great news, applying online is by far the fastest, easiest and most effective way to apply for most all assistance programs.

Use our site as a guide for applying programs like WIC, TANF, SNAP, SECTION 8, SSDL and more. Be informed so you can eliminate the trial and error in the overwhelming process of applying for benefits. You don’t have to do it alone. We are here to help.  

For our readers convenience we have made a list of documents that will help you with the verification process of the applications. It is a good idea to organize your government recognized documents and any others documents that legally support your age, citizenship, residency, and financial situation. We recommend that you have supporting documents for every member of the household or family and available prior to the application process.

Our group is dedicated to helping our readers avoid the trial and error process that is often experienced when applying for assistance programs. We know based on our own experience that it is not always easy to apply for benefits. In our opinion, few things are worse than having your application denied based on a lack of preparation with supporting documentation. Be prepared for government agencies to ask for supporting documentation from the list below:

1. Age Verification

  • Pass Port
  • Drivers License or State issued ID Card
  • Certificate of Birth
  • Certification of U.S. Citizenship
  • Letter with picture from Court Services

2. Citizenship Verification

  • US Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • Naturalization Papers
  • Alien Registration Card
  • Adoption Decree

3. Identity

  • US Passport
  • Drivers License
  • School ID
  • US Military ID
  • County ID

4. Marital Status

  • Marriage Certificate 
  • Separation Papers
  • Divorce Decree
  • Spouse’s Death Certificate

5. Financial Statements

  • W2
  • paystubs
  • Checking account
  • Savings Account
  • Bank and Credit Union Statements  
  • IRA, 401K, info and Balances  
  • Automobile Titles 
  • Property Deeds 
  • Investment Accounts Statements. (Money Market)

7. Other Income:

  • Recent Pay Stubs
  • Social Security Award Letter
  • Railroad Retirement Award Letter
  • Pension Statement
  • Unemployment Check Stubs
  • Support/Alimony Checks 
  • VA Status Letter 
  • SSI Award Letter

We suggest that our readers to include any legal and government issued documentation that supports identification, residency and financial standing. 

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