How to apply for Social Security (and a whole lot more)

A couple weeks ago, I shared some tips on how to apply and receive a Social Security card.

Today, I’m going to show you how to fill out your application for the first time.

We’ll also get into the different ways to earn a Social Status card, and how to obtain a new card if you’ve had one before.

So without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about the application process for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps).


When you apply for your Social Security Card, you’ll need to give a brief overview of your financial situation. 

If you have one, you can show how much you make each month by using this calculator . 

If not, you may be able to use this link. 

Once you have your brief summary, fill out the application. 

This is important because the application includes information on your income, how much money you make, and your expenses. 

Here’s what the application says: In order to qualify for the Social Security benefits program, individuals must have a minimum monthly income of at least $18,200, or $24,200 for married couples filing jointly, and $38,600 for individuals filing separately.

For information about the eligibility requirements, please see the IRS Publication 526. 

For more information, please call the Social Services office at 1-800-772-1213. 


You’ll need a Social Card number, which is one of two numbers that can be used to open an account for the program. 

You can get one from your employer or your local government. 

It’s a two-digit number that you can use to check in with your social security number. 

When you apply, the Social Service office will check your social Security number with a local office. 


You will need to fill in some basic information about yourself. 

Fill out your Social Status Application (SSAA) form and bring it with you to your SSAA application interview. 

The form asks you to fill it out to the best of your ability.

You can read more about filling out an SSAA here. 


You’re supposed to be able at this point to say “yes” to questions on the application, so you’ll want to do this. 

Answer question 1 if you’re working and paying your rent or rental is more than $20/month or