Where can I use my EBT Card?
Receiving your EBT card brings with it many questions, regulations, and responsibilities for use. There are rules governing the use of the card, for example what may be purchased and what may be excluded. Using a card fraudulently can result in severe penalties, so it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the regulations and policies surrounding EBT card use.
What can I use my EBT card on?
Most state issued EBT cards can be used for food items, including seeds for growing food. There are exclusions on non-essential food items. Each state lists what they are.Keep in mind EBT Cards were made as a way to issue food stamps.
Does the government know what I bought with my EBT card?
To date the official policy is that they do not monitor what you purchase. However, there is a record that is stored so that if there is any question about misuse, they can review the data.
Will I be able to use my EBT card in other countries and other states?
The short answer is: YES. Anywhere that you could use an ATM debit/credit card will accept the EBT Food Stamp card. Look for the ATM machines or merchants who display the Quest® or EBT symbol. To date, the card is accepted in all of the 50 states in the US and in several countries outside of the US, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.
At what types of stores can I use my EBT card?
Most stores in the US will accept the EBT card. Many stores will treat the card as they would a regular debit/credit card, and in many instances will allow you to get cash back on your transactions. This is why it is imperative to guard your PIN number at all times.
Can I have someone else help me shop using my EBT account?
If you are disabled and require assistance to purchase food or other services using your EBT card, consult with the case worker assigned by the state. There are forms that allow you to specify a designated user other than yourself, so that someone can assist you in obtaining food and other benefits. If eligible, the additional person will have their own card issued with their own PIN number. The EBT system will keep track of purchases so that at any time you, as the primary card holder, can see if the additional card is being used wisely and appropriately on your behalf.
Will the Authorized Representative (AR) be able to use all of my food benefits or is it possible to limit them?
Once you designate someone as an official additional user they have complete access to your account, benefits, and money. Choose wisely and monitor the account often.