Documents You May Need

Documents You May Need for SNAP Approval

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The examples below are provided to help you get ready for your SNAP interview with your DHS worker should you have one. See Eligibility & How to Apply for more information about the interview changes due to COVID-19. A verification checklist can be found below. 

Please submit only the documents needed to complete your application or re-certification. Prior to the telephone interview, please send in copies of the required documents BEFORE the scheduled interview date. When IN-OFFICE INTERVIEWS resume, bring the required documents with you.

If you need help obtaining or copying any of these documents, please visit your local community action agency or our SNAP Outreach vendors for assistance. 

Child Support Paid

A copy of the court order and proof of the amount paid, such as a canceled check or a written statement.

Earned Income

Provide four weeks of paystubs or a letter from your employer.


An applicant and/or authorized representative will need at least ONE form of identification such as: Passport or Certificate of Naturalization; driver's license; birth certificate; voter registration card; military or RI state ID card; work or school ID card; health benefit or a library card. A Social Security number for all household members applying for benefits is required. (Social Security cards are not required.)

Immigration Status

If a non-citizen, proof of immigration status is required and sponsorship information may be needed.

Medical Expenses

Individuals with a disability or age 60 or above: medical costs that are NOT REIMBURSED including doctor co-pays, mileage costs, therapy expenses, prescription costs, Medicare card showing "Part B" and "Part-D" coverage.


One document indicating current address (i.e. utility bill, bank statement, etc.)

Resources (Only send to DHS if requested by staff)

In SOME CASES, resources may apply. They include verification of liquid resources, bank statements, stock and bond certificates, and proof of property ownership. Vehicle registration may be required.

Student Income

An applicant may be required to provide verification of educational (Loans/Grants/Scholarship) expenses including, but not limited to, tuition and fees.

Unearned Income

Most recent copy of Social Security award letter; proof of unemployment; Worker's Compensation; pension; child support; alimony; TDI; rental income; dividends or any interest income; adoption subsidy; EITC; foster care income; out of state assistance, etc.