If you participate in one of these government programs, you qualify for Lifeline. To prove you qualify, show an official document from one of these programs:
The person named on the official document can be you, your dependent, or a member of your household.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) used to be called Food Stamps. You can show your SNAP card or show an award letter that has:
Your state might use a different name for SNAP. Look it up on this list of SNAP names by state.
Each state has its own Medicaid program and card. Your card should have:
Your state might use a different name for Medicaid. Look it up on this list of Medicaid names by state.
Some states offer SSI, but you can only use federal SSI to sign up for Lifeline. Your award letter (from the U.S. Social Security Administration) should have the following information:
You can also use a check stub from the U.S. Social Security Administration if it includes the date and the participant’s name.
Some states offer housing assistance, but you can only use Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA) to sign up for Lifeline. If you use FPHA, show one of these:
If you do not have these items, contact the agency that approved your public housing application and ask for formal documentation of the award. Find their contact information on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) state contact and agency listing.
Some states offer a Veterans Pension, but you can only use the federal Veterans Pension (and federal Survivors Pension) to sign up for Lifeline. If you receive a federal pension, show one of these:
To qualify for Tribal Lifeline, you must show that you reside on Tribal lands and participate in one of these benefit programs:
Show an award letter from the national or regional BIA office.
You can also show a check stub from the BIA if it includes the date, name of the participant, and that the benefit received is BIA General Assistance.
Show an award letter that has:
You can only qualify for the Tribal Head Start Program if your household earns 135% or less than the federal poverty guidelines. Show a letter that includes the name of the child who participates.
Show an award letter from an Indian Tribal Organization (ITO) or another state agency. All award letters or other official documents should have:
Valid documentation of participation in the FDPIR is: