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What happens next after I apply?

Produced by Patricia Baker and Victoria Negus
Reviewed January 2018

Signing a SNAP application is only the first step! There are two more steps:

1) an interview with a DTA worker (see Does DTA Have to Interview Me?) and

2) send in proofs, if not sent with your application (See What Proofs do I Need?).

Once DTA verifies identity (who you are), DTA should send also you a plastic EBT card and PIN in the U.S. mail – sent in two separate envelopes. It can take between 5-10 days to arrive in the mail.

Your EBT card will not have any benefits on it until DTA approves your SNAP case. If you do not receive an EBT card promptly, contact DTA or an advocate. See How Do I Use SNAP Benefits? on how to access your EBT benefits.

DTA Policy Guidance:

DTA Online Guide: SNAP > Application Processing > SNAP Application Processing > Issuing An EBT Card

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