To qualify for a Lifeline phone service such as Assurance Wireless, applicants must provide information about what government services they qualify for or produce proof of low income. As of 2015, the Assurance Wireless application uses participation in a number of existing federal programs to determine eligibility for the program.
The application for Assurance Wireless services asks for some basic personal information and then asks what federal programs the applicant is currently enrolled in. Applicants can indicate enrollment in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program without providing any additional proof. Alternatively, applicants can check a box for participation in Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, Federal Public Housing Assistance, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and the National School Lunch Program's Free Lunch Program. For these programs, applicants must provide proof of participation, such as benefit ID cards, letters of participation and statements of benefits.
Alternatively, applicants may use other proof to demonstrate that their level of income is below the threshold for participation in the program. Acceptable proof of income includes the prior year's federal or state tax return, a current income statement from an employer, a federal notice letter of participation in General Assistance, a divorce decree, or a child support document.