SNAP benefits are issued via Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT). EBT allows you, the retailer, to accept SNAP payment for eligible food at the point-of-sale by accepting the EBT card—a kind of debit card.
FNS is responsible for the licensing and monitoring of retail food stores participating in SNAP. Any retailer that would like to accept SNAP Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) benefits must:
- Apply and be licensed for each individual store location under the same ownership, and
- Meet SNAP eligibility criteria.
Eligible store owners may apply online to accept SNAP benefits. The online application can be completed in as little as 15 minutes.
A SNAP license and FNS authorization number cannot be transferred to someone else. A SNAP license becomes void if a store changes ownership, moves, or closes.
We want participating retailers to be successful. FNS has numerous materials designed to help store owners follow SNAP rules and regulations. Protect your business. Learn the proper way to handle SNAP transactions. The SNAP Retailer Training Guide will help you learn the Program rules. Know and follow the laws and regulations, train your employees carefully, and monitor their performance – these are all ways in which you can help to ensure your success in SNAP.
If you have any questions, please contact the SNAP Retailer Service Center at 1-877-823-4369.
- Contact the SNAP Retailer Service Center
- Accepting EBT
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