While each state has a different system and set of specific requirements for applying for or renewing food stamp benefits, most require income verification for the previous year along with any updates to family size or identity. Many states offer online as well as paper renewal processes.
The basic information needed during a food stamps renewal process includes the names, addresses and social security numbers of those living in the household. Any changes to this, such as a new address due to moving or a changed name due to a marriage or divorce, should be provided, as all personal information should be accurate and up to date. Information for any new members added to the applicants household should also be included, so that the state can provide accurate benefits based on family size and need.
Income levels are also required in many renewal processes, as the amount of food stamps or cash aid provided is directly correlated to income level. Each state has different requirements, which can be found on either the state's website or by contacting a local aid office. Income verification can be provided in the form of pay stubs, bank account statements or invoices for independent contracting work. If the applicant is unemployed, unemployment insurance records may also be required.