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    Requirements to Accept EBT Payments in Your Store

    The requirements to accept EBT payments in your store can be confusing for owners. Seeing if you qualify to be a SNAP retailer, the application process, and even the reauthorization process for existing retailers can be time-consuming and difficult for busy store owners. Make the process a little easier with this quick, easy overview of how to accept EBT payments in your store…



    Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) requires retailers to stock certain inventory items in order to qualify to apply to become a SNAP retailer. Retailers must stock 3 stocking units of 3 varieties of the 4 staple good categories, which are fruits and vegetables, dairy products, breads and cereals, and meat/poultry/fish. See if you qualify by taking this free SNAP retailer requirements quiz

    An example of this would be…

    Fruits + Vegetables

    • 3 x fresh bananas
    • 3 x 100% orange juice
    • 3 x 100% apple juice


    • 3 x yogurt
    • 3 x milk
    • 3 x formula

    Breads + Cereals

    • 3 x bread
    • 3 x pasta
    • 3 x bagels


    • 3 x fresh or liquid eggs
    • 3 x canned tuna
    • 3 x beef jerky

    Get a more detailed overview of the FNS stocking requirements.



    The application process can be completed in 5 simple steps…

    1. Register for a USDA eAuthentification account
    2. Gather required documentation and information
    3. Visit the USDA website and sign-in to complete your application
    4. Check the status of your application
    5. Get started with EBT processing

    View your detailed step-by-step guide to accepting EBT payments.



    Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) requires SNAP retailers to be reauthorized every 5 years or so. If you’re currently a SNAP retailer who’s approaching the 5 year mark, check out these free resources to understand FNS reauthorization a bit better.


    Already a SNAP retailer? Get started with unlimited EBT processing from goEBT