What Happens at your WIC Certification Appointment?

At your certification appointment, WIC will check to see if you or your child is eligible for WIC.

Whom is the appointment for?

Women, Infants and Children under 5 are eligible to receive benefits from the WIC program. Be sure to bring your infant or child with you to your WIC certification appointment.

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What information do you have to bring with you to your appointment?

  • Proof of Identity - bring any ONE item from the following list for EACH person who has an appointment:
  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Birth Certificate
  • Crib Card
  • Driver's License
  • Health Benefits Card
  • Passport
  • Pay Stub
  • Photo ID, School ID, State ID, or Work ID
  • Social Security Card
  • Social Service Benefits Card
  • Tribal ID
  • Voter Registration Card
  • Proof of Home Address - bring any ONE item from the following list for your ENTIRE family:
  • Bill
  • Driver's License
  • Lease or Rental Agreement
  • Mail Addressed to You
  • Pay Stub
  • Rent Receipt
  • State ID
  • Statement from Employer
  • Statement from Landlord
  • WIC Appointment Letter
  • Proof of participation in any ONE of the following programs:
  • Medical Assistance
  • Food Stamps
  • MN Family Investment Program (MFIP)
  • Fuel Assistance Program
  • Head Start
  • Reduced or Free School Meals
  • Social Security


  • Proof of Income - bring any ONE item from the following list for EACH SOURCE OF INCOME in your household.
  • Child Support Payments/Letter
  • Pay Stub
  • Payment Award Letter
  • Pension or Annuity
  • Statement from Employer
  • Tax Form
  • Unemployment
  • Veteran's Payment
  • W-2 Form

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What kind of health and nutrition screening does WIC do at your appointment?

  • Weight
  • Height or Baby's Length
  • Iron in the Blood (Hemoglobin) - This is a simple finger stick for women, children and infants 9 months or older.

NOTE: If you or your child have been to the doctor within the past 60 days before your appointment and have had weight, height or blood iron measured, you can bring this information to your appointment.

If you bring information from your doctor, it must be on a form from your medical provider or clinic and include:

  • You or your child's name
  • The date the measurements were taken
  • What the measurements were
  • The health professional's signature
  • Health History
  • Discuss What You or Your Child Eats

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What does WIC provide to you at the appointment?

  • Women: Information about healthy eating during and after pregnancy
  • Infants: Information about feeding babies as they grow, common problems including colic, constipation and crying
  • Children: Information about healthy foods for happy children, helping your child to eat well, healthy snacking, valuable parenting skills and lots more
  • Answers to your questions about breastfeeding
  • Help to continue breastfeeding when you return to school or work
  • Vouchers for extra WIC foods for breastfeeding moms
  • Referrals to Health and Other Services and Immunizations
  • Food Vouchers

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How long does a WIC appointment take?

A WIC certification appointment takes about 30 minutes for each person with an appointment.

TIP: 30 minutes can seem like a long time to a child. Please bring a snack or favorite toy to help make the appointment easier for both you and your child.

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How often do you have a WIC certification appointment?

  • Pregnant women have one appointment while pregnant
  • Postpartum women (women who have had their baby) have one appointment after their baby is born
  • Infants have an appointment soon after they are born, a short appointment at 9 months and an appointment when they turn 1 year old
  • Children have an appointment every 6 months until they are 5 years old

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Am I Eligible for WIC?

To find the phone # of a WIC Clinic near you, select one of the following:



Or call 1-800-WIC-4030 (1-800-942-4030)
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