Benefit Access

The Benefit Access Program, formerly known as Circuit Breaker, provides a license plate discount and free transit cards to residents that qualify.

Application Requirements

  • You must be sixty-five (65) years or older by December 31st of the current year or sixteen (16) years of age or older and
  • Totally disabled before January 1st of this year.
  • You must be a resident of Illinois at the time you file the application.

Income Requirements

Your gross yearly income must be less than:

  • $27,610 for a one (1) person household
  • $36,635 for a two (2) person household
  • $45,657 for a three (3) person household

Required Documentation if you filed a Federal 1040

  • Your correct social security number
  • Your correct birth date
  • If you are married and living together, your spouse’s correct social security number and date of birth; your spouse must have a social security number for you to apply
  • If you report other income on the application and filed a Federal 1040 this year, we will need the 1040 and schedules related to the other income

Required Documentation if you did not file a Federal 1040

  • Your correct social security number
  • Your correct birth date
  • If you are married and living together, your spouse’s correct social security number and date of birth; your spouse must have a social security number for you to apply
  • Proof of any wages received by you or you and your spouse if married and living together
  • Proof of Social Security, SSI benefits (Form SSA-1099) including Medicare deductions received by you or you and your spouse if you are married and living together
  • Proof of other benefits, such as veterans, railroad retirement, civil service, pension, annuities, interest and dividends, and other income received by you or you and your spouse if you are married and living together
  • Any proof of loss that you are claiming