EBT Rules & Regulations
The following are currently published rules
governing the implementation and operation of Electronic Benefits
Transfer (EBT) systems.
Click here to read 7CFR 274.12 which encompasses the
regulations governing the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system. Click
here to read Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations
(CFR) which encompasses the regulations governing the Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
The following documents are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs.
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The SAS No. 70 Rule
135KB) - On Feb. 29, 2000, the final rule requiring
that States with EBT systems ensure an examination of their EBT transaction
processing is conducted at least annually was published in the Federal
Register (vol. 65; no.40; pp. 10675-10678).
Adjustment Rule (PDF
142KB) - On July 5, 2000, the final rule
revising SNAP regulations pertaining to a State agency's
ability to make adjustments to a household's account in an EBT system
was published in the Federal Register (vol. 65; no. 129; pp.
41321-41326). Click here to see the Sept. 9, 1999, interim
rule (PDF 35KB) - Click here to the see
the May 19, 1998, proposed
rule (PDF 27KB)
54KB) - On June 25, 2003, the final rule
implementing legislation requiring interoperability of SNAP EBT systems and portability of electronically-issued benefits
nationwide was published in the Federal Register (vol. 69; no.
122; pp. 37693-37697). Click here to see the August 2000 interim
rule (PDF 150KB).
EBT Welfare Reform Rule (PRWORA) (PDF
35KB) - On Oct. 4, 2000, the final rule
implementing EBT provisions of the 1996 Personal Responsibility and
Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) was published in the
Federal Register (vol. 65; no. 193; pp. 59105-59111).
Click here to see the May 27, 1999, proposed
rule (PDF 35KB).
Standards for Approval & Operation of
Benefits Transfer Systems (PDF
81KB) - On April 11, 2005, the final rule revising
the SNAP standards for approval and operation of the SNAP EBT systems was published. The changes would increase
State agency flexibility in administering the Program and increase
the advantages afforded by the technology.