How do I apply?

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed March 2019

How do I apply?

Apply at your local Department of Transitional Assistance office.  You can apply the first day you go to the DTA office. If you have trouble with English, DTA should give you an interpreter.  If you are hard of hearing, DTA should give you an interpreter.  If you have trouble filling out an application, DTA must help you.

If you cannot get a specific paper that DTA asks for, DTA must help you get it or let you use a different paper. For example, if you do not have your child's birth certificate, DTA must let you prove your child's age and relationship to you with another paper like a baptismal certificate, school record, day care record, newspaper article, hospital record, or a sworn statement from another person who knows you.

Make sure that you get back your original papers or copies, so you can keep a record of everything you give DTA.

For more information on how to apply, call DTA's Application Information Unit at 1-800-249-2007.

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