How Do I Apply to Accept Benefits?
You can apply to accept SNAP benefits by following the steps described on this page.
NOTE: If you are not a Retail Food Store or Farmers’ Market, please do not complete the online application. Instead call the SNAP Retailer Service Center at 1-877-823-4369
1. Get a USDA Account
Before you start your application:
Register for a USDA eAuthentication account in order to obtain access to the online application
Return to this page after you activate your USDA eAuthentication account to apply
2. Complete Online Application
If you own 10 or more stores, consider whether you are a Multi-Store Owner (MSO)
Helpful Tip: After starting an online application, you have 30 days to complete and submit your application. If you application is not submitted within 30 days, it will be deleted. Before starting your online application, make sure that you have name(s), home address(es), and Social Security Number(s) for each store owner, and sales data for the store.
3. Submit Supporting Documentation
Your application is not complete until you submit the required supporting documents. Instructions for submitting your documentation are provided at the end of the online application.
4. Check Application Status
After you submit your supporting documents to FNS, you can check the status of your application in real time.
SNAP Retailer Service Center
FNS will process your application and contact you if they need any further information. If you have additional questions, please call the SNAP Retailer Service Center at 1-877-823-4369.