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How Do I Apply For Medi-Cal?


Apply for Medi-Cal benefits online at To learn more about BenefitsCal, including new features and capabilities, click here.

In Person

  • Applications for the Medi-Cal Program can be completed in person
  • To begin the process you will need to locate the Social Services Regional Center that serves your city or zip code.
  • You should be prepared to spend a minimum of two hours at the Social Services Regional Center
  • Unless there is an emergent need for medical care, benefits may not be issued the same day

By Phone

  • Apply during business hours Monday - Friday 6:30 am - 8:00 pm at 1-800-281-9799
  • Get Social Services Agency office hours and locations
  • Obtain secure and private benefit information for CalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-Cal, and/or General Relief
  • Request a replacement Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) and/or Medi-Cal Card
  • Access Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

By Fax

  • You can fax your Medi-Cal application at 1-714-645-3489


If you are unable to access any of these documents please call 1-800-281-9799 and one will be sent to you

For information on Covered California

  • Visit or call toll free at 1-800-300-1506
  • Get information on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  • Compare and purchase health insurance and access financial assistance to pay for coverage

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