Immediate walk-in assistance at the Northern Service Center lobby is limited, but some in-person services are available by appointment for those who have no other options to apply for public assistance benefits. Please contact your worker directly or call 651-554-5611 to reach our office as needed.
For all other public assistance questions or needs, we are serving our customers over the phone, postal mail and online due to precautions related to COVID-19. Please contact your worker directly or call 651-554-5611.
Applications for cash, food, and emergency program benefits and renewals can be submitted online at:
You can also access applications, renewals and verification forms online at:
Paper applications are available for no-contact pick-up or drop-off.
- Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road W., West St Paul, MN 55118
- Forms can be picked up or dropped off between the hours of 8 a.m.– 4 p.m. There is a drop box located outside the front entrance of the building.
- Forms can also be submitted electronically:
Applications for health care program benefits can submitted on the
MNsure website. METS (County administered MNsure) can be submitted by email to
If none of these resources work for you, call 651-554-5611 to schedule an over-the-phone or in-person application appointment.
If you are unemployed, you may be eligible for the
Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program. Unemployment benefits are administered by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Offices are not located within Dakota County buildings. For more information regarding unemployment benefits, visit
www.uimn.org or call 651-296-3644.
Dakota County is also accepting applications to our
Dislocated Worker Programs.