Oklahoma TANF

Oklahoma TANF provides public assistance programs for eligible families with children under the age of 18, on a time-limited basis.

Among the program’s purposes are:

  1. to provide temporary assistance to needy families;
  2. to end dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation and work.

As a result, TANF recipients are required to participate in work related activities for a specified number of hours per week.

What benefits does the program offer? #

  1. Cash Payment
  2. SoonerCare
  3. Child Care Subsidy (with $0 copay)
  4. Participation in Job Readiness Activities
  5. Flexible Funds (based on need and case status)


How do I apply for TANF in Oklahoma? #


To apply for TANF, you must submit completed form 08MP001 (Request for Benefits) to your local DHS Human Services Center near you.

To apply for TANF online without having to come into a DHS county office, please use OKDHSLive!. If you don’t already have an account, please create one.

Once an application is initiated, an appointment will be scheduled for a face to face interview to complete the application process and determine your eligibility

How much do you get for TANF in Oklahoma? #


Oklahoma’s maximum cash benefit is $292 per month for a family of three or just 18% of the federal poverty line. 1

Does Oklahoma drug test for welfare? #


Oklahoma requires all adults who applied for TANF to undergo mandatory drug screening, and those who tested positive are to be denied benefits for up to one year.

Children of adults who are denied benefits because of drug abuse would still be eligible to receive TANF benefits through a third-party who passes the drug screening.

  1. OKPolicy.org, The program known as ‘welfare’ barely exists in Oklahoma.