How to Apply

You may apply for CalWORKs online or in person.

BenefitsCal website allows you to:

  • See if you are eligible for CalWORKs
  • Apply for CalWORKs benefits
  • Check your CalWORKs benefit status and amount

1. Online at or click on icon below:

Watch a video to learn how to apply on the BenefitsCal website on 

When applying online, you still are required to attend a face-to-face interview at your nearest Family Resource Center to complete the application process.

2. In person

Visit your local Family Resource Center that accepts applications for the CalWORKs program. To locate the nearest Family Resource Center, select a facility listed below. You can also obtain office locations by zip code. If you are homeless, use the zip code of the area where you sleep the majority of the time.

3. By calling Access Call Center 1-866-262-9881

If you are requesting Immediate Need (emergency benefits), it is recommended that you apply in person at the nearest Family Resource Center.

Documents needed to apply:

Be prepared to provide all verifications/documents needed for everyone applying for benefits. Please follow this link: CalWORKs/RCA - Required Documents to obtain details regarding required documents; this list is not inclusive.  It is very important to provide all verifications to be evaluated for eligibility promptly.


For more information call 1-866-262-9881