This page has the eligibility requirements for a free Safelink Wireless phone in the state of New Mexico.

Safelink Wireless New Mexico

Safelink Wireless offers free service to the residents of New Mexico. If you qualify, you may receive a free phone and free monthly minutes from the largest and oldest provider of free government cell phones in America. Safelink offers 3 different monthly minute plans for their customers and the best international long-distance plan on any of the major Lifeline providers. (If you have arrived at this page by search engine and would like to see Safelink’s plans, please see our Safelink Wireless page).

Eligibility Requirements

There are TWO ways of qualifying for a Safelink Wireless Phone in New Mexico. You only need to qualify under one way to be eligible for a free phone.

Participation in a Governmental Assistance Program

You may qualify for a free Safelink phone in New Mexico if you participate in any of the following assistance programs:

  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
  • Medicaid
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • National School Lunch Program’s (Free Lunch program)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Food Stamps
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Due to changes in the Lifeline Assistance Program, Safelink now requires proof of participation in a qualifying program.

Income-Based Eligibility

You may also qualify under income eligibility guidelines. If your household income is less than 150% of the Federal poverty guidelines, you may qualify for a free phone in New Mexico. If your income falls below the level in the chart below, it is likely you qualify for a Safelink Wireless phone.

Household Size

New Mexico  Maximum Income















For each addition household member, add 5,940.

How do I apply?

If you’d like to apply for a free Safelink phone and free monthly minutes, you may click the link below to be taken to an online application for Safelink Wireless.