Step-by-step guide to becoming a SNAP retailer

Step 1. Register for USDA eAuthentication Account

This gives you access to the online application.

You must have a valid email address.  When you are approved, your approval and FNS number will be sent to this email address.

Click Here to Register

Step 2. Gather All the Information and Documentation You Need

This includes:

  • Name, Home Addresses, & Social Security Numbers of ALL owners/partners/officers/members of the business.
  • The estimated or actual sales for EACH category of items in your store (including tobacco, lottery, alcohol, etc.)
  • Details about the categories, variety, and stocking levels of the food items in your store.
      • We recommend taking our quick 10 question quiz to find out if your store meets all of the requirements for SNAP retailers or what you are missing.
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  • Banking information for the account where you want your SNAP deposits to go.
    • Bank Name & Address
  • Details about the company that you plan to get EBT processing equipment from.
    • Provider Name, Phone Number, Address, & Website
    • goEBT’s Info:
      • goEBT
      • 800-277-5165
      • 1200 Williams Dr. Ste. 1210 Marietta, GA 30066

Step 3. Go to USDA Website and Click "Sign In" to Complete Your Application

You have up to 30 days to complete the application, so you can stop & return to the application as much as you need to.

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Step 4. Check the Status of Your Application

While you’re waiting to receive your approval email and FNS number, you can check the status of your application.

Check Your Application Status