How To Apply For Illinois EBT Card
This page provides a general guideline on how to apply for Illinois EBT card. You would need to contact your local SNAP office and make an appointment with a caseworker. You will need to bring documentation and fill out an Illinois EBT application to see if you are eligible to receive food stamps. If you need to know when you will receive your monthly SNAP benefits allotment, EBT payment schedule. You can apply for Illinois SNAP benefits over the phone by calling 800-843-6154 or TTY 800-447-6404. Or you can apply for Illinois food stamps online. To fill out the Illinois EBT application online, click here. If you want to see if you are eligible to receive Illinois SNAP benefits prior to applying, you can use the online SNAP pre-screening tool by clicking here.
Illinois SNAP Employment Requirements
For the most part, ABAWDS between 18 and 50 who do not have dependent children can only get SNAP benefits for 3 months within a 36-month period. This is if they do not work or participate in a workfare or employment and training program other than job search. At some locations these employment requirements have been waived. With some exceptions, able-bodied adults between 16 and 60 must register for work, accept suitable employment, and take part in an employment and training program to which they are referred by the local office. Failure to comply with these requirements can result in disqualification from the Program.
Illinois SNAP Household Income Requirements
Unless all members of the household are receiving SSI, TANF or general assistance, they have to meet the income tests. Households must meet both gross and net income tests in most cases, however if there is an elderly person or if someone is receiving disability payments, then they are only required to meet the net part of the income test. Households that have income above the amounts listed below, unless otherwise noted above, will not be able to qualify for Illinois food stamp assistance. Gross income is the household total before any deductions. Net income means gross income minus allowable deductions. Hawaii and Alaska have higher gross and net income limits. You can also view the SNAP income guidelines for each state.
|Household Size||Gross Monthly Income
(130% of Poverty)
|Net Monthly Income
(100% of Poverty)
|Each additional member||+440||+339|
Amount Of Household SNAP Benefits Allotment
If the day of your Illinois EBT application falls any time after the 1st day of the month, then your benefits will be provided from the day the household applies. Food stamps are available to eligible households regardless of race, sex, religious creed, national origin, or political beliefs.
|Household Size||Maximum Monthly Allotment|
|Each additional person||$146|
Illinois SNAP Household Resource Requirements
If at a minimum one person in the household is 60 years old or older, or disabled they can have $3,250 in countable resources. Otherwise a household may have $2,250 in countable resources. Some resources are not counted towards this amount; this would include a home and a lot, people who receive benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), people who receive TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and most retirement plans.
Each state has their own process when handling vehicles, states have the option to substitute the vehicle rules used in the TANF assistance programs for SNAP vehicle rules when it is determined the results are in a lower attribution of household assets. Some states exclude the entire value of the household's main vehicle as an asset. When states count the value of vehicles, they use the fair market value of each licensed vehicle in their evaluation that is not excluded from the household resources.
The information above is a general guideline for when you apply for Illinois SNAP benefits. We suggest you contact a local SNAP office to get the latest specific Illinois EBT application information and requirements.