How To Apply To WIC In California

To apply for a California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) driver’s license or identification card, you’ll need to visit a local DMV office. You can find the nearest office by using the DMV’s online office locator. When you visit the DMV, you’ll need to bring the following documents: proof of identity (such as a birth certificate or passport), proof of residency (such as a utility bill or lease agreement), and proof of Social Security number (such as a Social Security card or W-2 form). The DMV will take your photo and fingerprints and issue you a temporary driver’s license or identification card. Your permanent license or ID card will be mailed to you within a few weeks.

Eligibility Requirements for WIC in California

To be eligible for WIC in California, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a California resident.
  • Be pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a child under the age of 5.
  • Have an income at or below 185% of the federal poverty level.
  • Meet other specific nutritional or medical risks.

The income guidelines for WIC in California are as follows:

Family Size185% of FPL

If you are unsure if you are eligible for WIC, you can contact your local WIC agency or visit the California WIC website.

WIC Application Process in California

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) is a supplemental nutrition program that provides food, nutrition education, and breastfeeding support to eligible families in California. Applying for WIC is a simple process that can be completed online or in person.

Online Application

* Visit the California WIC website at
* Click on the “Apply for WIC” button.
* Follow the instructions to create an account and complete the application.

In-Person Application

* Visit your local WIC clinic.
* Ask for an application form and complete it.
* Bring the completed application form and the required documents (see below) to the clinic.

Required Documents

* Proof of identity for the applicant and all household members (e.g., driver’s license, birth certificate)
* Proof of income for all household members (e.g., pay stubs, tax returns)
* Proof of residency in California (e.g., utility bill, rent receipt)
* Proof of pregnancy or breastfeeding (e.g., doctor’s note, WIC appointment card)
* Child’s birth certificate or medical record for children under one year old

Application Process

* The WIC staff will review your application and determine if you are eligible.
* If you are eligible, you will be issued a WIC card that you can use to purchase food at authorized WIC stores.
* You will also receive nutrition education and breastfeeding support from a WIC registered dietitian.

WIC Eligibility

* Pregnant women
* Postpartum women up to six months after delivery
* Breastfeeding women up to one year postpartum
* Infants and children up to five years old
* Children who have been diagnosed with a medical condition that makes it difficult to get enough nutrition

To find out if you are eligible for WIC, you can visit the California WIC website or call the California WIC hotline at 1-800-852-5614.

Income EligibilityFamily Size
130% or below of the Federal Poverty Level1
130% or below of the Federal Poverty Level2
130% or below of the Federal Poverty Level3
130% or below of the Federal Poverty Level4
130% or below of the Federal Poverty Level5
130% or below of the Federal Poverty Level6

Benefits and Services Provided by WIC in California

WIC, or the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, is a federal program that provides nutritional support to eligible low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5. In California, WIC offers a wide range of benefits and services to help families meet their nutritional needs.

  • Food vouchers for nutritious foods such as fruits, vegetables, milk, cheese, eggs, and whole grains
  • Nutrition education and counseling
  • Breastfeeding support and education
  • Referrals to other health and social services
Food Assistance– Food vouchers for nutritious foods
– Breastfeeding support
Nutrition Education– Nutrition education and counseling
Referrals– Referrals to other health and social services

Resources and Support for WIC Applicants in California

Applying for WIC in California can be a daunting task, but there are many resources and support systems available to help you through the process.

  • The California WIC website provides a wealth of information on WIC eligibility, benefits, and how to apply.
  • You can also call the WIC Information Hotline at 1-800-843-6054 for assistance.
  • Local WIC offices are located throughout California and can provide you with personalized assistance.

In addition to the resources listed above, there are also a number of community organizations that can provide support to WIC applicants. These organizations can help you with:

  • Completing the WIC application
  • Gathering the necessary documentation
  • Understanding your WIC benefits
  • Finding a WIC clinic near you

If you are pregnant or have children under the age of 5, and you meet the income eligibility requirements, you should apply for WIC in California. WIC can provide you with the nutrition and support you need to give your children a healthy start in life. Click here to apply.


Thanks a bunch for sticking with me through this deep dive into applying for WIC in California! I hope this guide has provided you with all the info you need to get started. If you have any more questions or just want to chat, don’t hesitate to drop me a line. And be sure to swing by again soon for more helpful tips and tricks. Until next time, take care and keep on nourishing yourself and your loved ones!