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Can I Use My EBT Card In Another State? And Other SNAP Questions

Can I Use My EBT Card In Another State? And Other SNAP Questions

Wondering if you can use your SNAP benefits in another state? What about using your EBT card in another country? And just how long can you use your food stamps in another state? Don’t worry, we have the answers!

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Can I use my EBT card in another state?

The SNAP program that provides your EBT card is “interoperable” in all 50 states, which means: yes! You can use your EBT card anywhere within the United States and U.S. territories that sells eligible food items.

How long can I use my food stamps in another state?

The exact amount of time will vary based upon the state that you applied for SNAP benefits in, but you typically won’t have issues using your food stamps in a state other than where you reside until around 30 days.

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If you use your EBT card in another state for longer than 30 days, or your applied-in state suspects you have moved, you may receive a call or letter about your out-of-state SNAP usage. Your applied-in state may send you a form forcing you to reprove your residency. They may also threaten to close your SNAP case. If this occurs, you can contact the state or your case manager for guidance on what to do, as the process for how to contest this will vary by state.

If you are moving to another state, you should contact the state your EBT card is currently provided from to inform them of your move and learn how to properly transfer your case to the state you’re moving to. This should prevent you from being accused of fraud and having benefits permanently removed and denied.

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Can you shop with an EBT card in another state? This man in blue jeans holding a basket full of grocery items confirms that you can!
By Unsplash user Tara Clark.

Can I use my EBT card in another country?

Unfortunately the answer is no, you cannot use your EBT card in another country. SNAP is a federal program, which means it’s limited to usage only in the United States and U.S. territories.

I have more questions about my benefits!

We’re here to help! Here are some articles you may be interested in.

Watch videos about your EBT card by visiting the Low Income Relief YouTube channel!

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As a third-year English major with years of researching and writing experience, Chloe uses her experience and her passion for helping others to help you get the financial aid you deserve.

L Brown

Saturday 14th of May 2022

Minnesota would not allow me to use my snap in phoenix AZ. I called and was told only tri state use was allowed