Find It Locally
Search CISA’s online guide to local farms, food, and more!Find Local Food
Once you become authorized by the USDA’s Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) to become a SNAP vendor, every five years you must go through a re-authorization to confirm that you would still like to participate in SNAP as a business and accept SNAP-EBT transactions.
Close to when your five year mark approaches, the USDA will send a letter to the address they have on file, with instructions on how you can reauthorize. Complete the quick instructions in the letter to confirm you are still in business and would like to continue accepting SNAP.
In addition to a letter notice, you can also check to see if you are up for reauthorization through your USDA account. This is the same account you used to apply to become a SNAP vendor initially. If you are up for reauthorization, you will receive a notice here. Log in to your USDA account here.
If you miss this letter and/or do not complete the reauthorization instructions in time, you will need to re-apply to accept SNAP. Getting your SNAP and/or HIP accepting back up and running requires three steps:
Important note! If you are a HIP vendor, it is imperative that you get re-authorized for SNAP under the same FNS number you had before. When scheduling your call with MarketLink, in the notes section include how you are a Massachusetts HIP vendor and in order to keep your HIP status you must be reauthorzied under the same FNS number as before. (Even if you don’t know what your FNS number was, they can find it out for you).