What Do You Need To Apply For WIC

To apply for the WIC program, you will need to meet certain eligibility criteria and provide specific information. This includes proof of income, proof of identity, proof of residency, proof of pregnancy or breastfeeding, and proof of child’s age and immunization status. You can apply for WIC at your local health department or clinic. The application process involves completing a form, providing the required documentation, and undergoing a screening to determine if you meet the eligibility requirements.

Eligibility Criteria for WIC

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income women, infants, and children. To be eligible for WIC, you must meet certain criteria.

Income Eligibility

  • Your family’s income must be at or below the income limits set by the WIC program. The income limits vary by state but are generally 185% of the federal poverty level.
  • You can check your eligibility by using the WIC income guidelines calculator.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen or a legal resident.
  • You must live in the state where you are applying for WIC.

Nutritional Risk

  • You must be at nutritional risk, which means that you have a diet that is inadequate in one or more nutrients.
  • You can be at nutritional risk for a variety of reasons, such as being pregnant, breastfeeding, or having a low income.

To determine if you are at nutritional risk, WIC will ask you about your dietary intake, your medical history, and your socioeconomic status.

Other Eligibility Factors

  • You must be either:
    • A pregnant woman
    • A breastfeeding woman
    • A woman who has recently given birth
    • A child under the age of 5
  • You must not be enrolled in another food assistance program, such as SNAP.

If you meet all of the eligibility criteria, you can apply for WIC. You can apply at your local WIC clinic or online.

WIC Eligibility Criteria
IncomeFamily income must be at or below 185% of the federal poverty level.
ResidencyMust be a U.S. citizen or legal resident and live in the state where applying for WIC.
Nutritional RiskMust be at nutritional risk, as determined by WIC.
OtherMust be a pregnant woman, breastfeeding woman, woman who has recently given birth, or a child under the age of 5. Must not be enrolled in another food assistance program.

Application Forms

To apply for WIC, you will need to complete a WIC application form. This form can be obtained from your local WIC office or online. The form will ask for information about your household, including your income, family size, and pregnancy status. You will also need to provide proof of identity and residency.

Supporting Documents

In addition to the application form, you will also need to provide supporting documents. These documents may include:

  • Proof of income, such as a pay stub or tax return
  • Proof of identity, such as a driver’s license or passport
  • Proof of residency, such as a utility bill or lease agreement
  • Proof of pregnancy, such as a doctor’s note or ultrasound

If you are applying for WIC for a child, you will also need to provide proof of the child’s age and identity. This may include a birth certificate or immunization record.

You can submit your application and supporting documents in person, by mail, or online. If you submit your application in person, you may be able to get your WIC benefits the same day. If you submit your application by mail or online, it may take a few weeks to process your application and receive your benefits.

Document Requirements for WIC
Document TypeRequired forExample
Proof of IncomeAll applicantsPay stub, tax return
Proof of IdentityAll applicantsDriver’s license, passport
Proof of ResidencyAll applicantsUtility bill, lease agreement
Proof of PregnancyPregnant womenDoctor’s note, ultrasound
Proof of Child’s AgeChildren under 5Birth certificate, immunization record
Proof of Child’s IdentityChildren under 5Birth certificate, passport

Appointment Scheduling

Scheduling an appointment for WIC is a crucial step in the application process. To make an appointment, you can:
* Visit the local WIC office in your area.
* Call the state or county WIC agency.
* Fill out an online application form, if available.


When you attend your WIC appointment, you will need to bring certain documents to support your application. These documents may include:
* Proof of identity, such as a driver’s license, state ID card, or passport.
* Proof of income, such as pay stubs, tax returns, or a letter from your employer.
* Proof of residency, such as a utility bill or lease agreement.
* A list of household members and their ages.
* Information about your pregnancy or breastfeeding status.
* Medical records for children under age 5.

Document TypeRequired?Notes
Proof of IdentityYesOriginal or copies accepted
Proof of IncomeYesWithin the past 6 months
Proof of ResidencyYesDated within the past 3 months
Household Member InformationYesNames and ages of all household members
Pregnancy/Breastfeeding StatusYesIf applicable
Medical RecordsYes
(for children under age 5)
Immunization records, physical exam results

Required Information

To apply for WIC, you will need to provide the following information:

  • Your name, date of birth, and address
  • Your income information
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of residency
  • Proof of pregnancy or breastfeeding

Proof of Identity

You will need to provide one of the following forms of proof of identity:

  • Driver’s license
  • State ID card
  • Birth certificate
  • Passport

If you do not have any of these forms of ID, you can bring two other forms of identification, such as a utility bill, bank statement, or paycheck stub.

Driver’s licenseYes
State ID cardYes
Birth certificateYes
Utility billYes
Bank statementYes
Paycheck stubYes

Well, there you have it, folks! Now you know everything you need to apply for WIC. It’s not rocket science, but it’s definitely helpful to have all the information upfront so you can avoid any surprises. Thanks for sticking with me through all of this. I know it can be a bit dry at times, but I hope it’s been helpful for you. If you have any other questions, feel free to drop me a line. And don’t forget to check back later for more informative articles on all things WIC. Take care!