Many people want to know if you can use your EBT card benefits while in other states? The answer is yes you can.
The SNAP food stamp program, is a federal program that is “interoperable”. The regulations ensure that benefit recipients can use their electronic food stamps across state borders. The federal Electronic Benefit Transfer – EBT card – rules require the equipment used to process your qualified purchases operate within the same standards.
So, this means your card will work at retailers and stores that accept SNAP food stamps.
Q: Can I use my food stamp benefits at farmers markets?
A: Yes, as long as the farmers market participates in the federal program. You can use the Retailer Locator tool, to find a list of locations in your current area.
Q: How can I find stores that take my EBT Card?
A: To get a list of stores in your area that accept this form of payment for qualified purchases, use the SNAP Retailer Locator tool.
Q: Do EBT Cards expire?
A: Typically, the answer is no. The card itself may expire, if your state changes the design of the card and sends you a new one. Check the ‘Good Thru’ date on your card. However, if you do not use all of the benefits on the card each month, the balance will roll-over to the next month. But, if you do not use your card for a full year, 365 days, the state will close your case.
- EBT Rules & Regulations: fns.usda.gov.