No, there are several different ways to apply:

  • The fastest way is to apply online at If you call us, this is where we submit your application for you.
  • You can also mail in a paper application form to: DSHS Customer Service Center PO Box 11699 Tacoma, WA 98411-6699. Click to access the paper application forms. 
  • You can go in-person to any DSHS Community Service Office. Click to find DSHS office locations.
  • You can call DSHS directly: 877-501-2233. Call line is open 8am-3pm, Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.

After submitting an application, DSHS also requires an eligibility interview by phone or in person to verify the info on your application.