As of 2015, prospective SafeLink Wireless subscribers must generally have an income that is at or below 135 percent of the Poverty Guidelines or participate in a state assistance program to qualify. Qualification for the program provided by SafeLink Wireless is based on individual states' criteria.
Some examples of state assistance programs that might qualify a person for SafeLink are Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Supplemental Security Income, Federal Public Housing Assistance and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. To be eligible for use of a SafeLink phone service, it is up to the subscriber to demonstrate his own eligibility by showing proof of his income or proof of his participation in one of the state's assistance programs.
In addition, only one Lifeline program participant is allowed per household. A household is defined, in general, as all adult persons that live at the same physical address and contribute to the same income and expenses, or economic unit. Persons with low or fixed incomes residing in group homes may be eligible as well. In order to be eligible for service through SafeLink, the applicant must either de-enroll in any other Lifeline programs or currently not be enrolled, as it is a direct violation of FCC rules and regulations.