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Applications and Proofs


DTA made a number of changes and suspended a number of rules during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Guide notes in red when a rule was suspended during the pandemic.

Produced by Deborah Harris and Betsy Gwin, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed December 2022
Produced by Deborah Harris and Betsy Gwin, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed December 2022

How do you apply for TAFDC?

Apply online at

  • The application is very short. You can do it on a smartphone or a computer. After you submit it, DTA will interview you by phone.
  • You can get the application in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and Vietnamese.
  • If you do not already get SNAP, your application counts as a SNAP application also.
  • If you are approved, your benefits will start effective the day you submitted the online application or the next business day if you submitted the application after 5:00 PM or on a weekend or holiday. DTA Online Guide (Application (RFA)).

Apply by telephone

Apply in person

  • Go to your local DTA office. Department of Transitional Assistance Locations
  • Be sure to sign a Request for Assistance or use a DTA iPad to apply online the first time you go to the DTA office. You can do this even if there is no worker there to take your application. You have a right to sign a Request for Assistance even if the worker thinks you are not eligible. 106 C.M.R. §§ 702.115, 702.150. If DTA doesn’t give you a Request for Assistance form and you are unable to apply online, write a request for TAFDC (and SNAP) on a piece of paper and sign the paper.

Advocacy Reminders

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You may be able to get free legal help from your local legal aid program. Or email a question about your own legal problem to a lawyer.

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