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Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Card

Food stamp and cash aid benefits come on a plastic card that you can use just like a debit or ATM card. It is called an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card.

EBT signs are posted on store doors, in check-out lanes, at automated teller machines (ATM) and point of sale (POS) machines tell you if your EBT card can be used at that store or machine.

Starting September 21, 2009, you can access the EBT Client Website at http://www.ebt.ca.gov in English and / or Spanish to:

  • Check your food and cash benefit balances,
  • See your EBT card use history, and
  • Find places to use your EBT card, including surcharge-free* cash locations.

 Additional Information

You can also use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Pre-Screening Tool. This website can be used to determine if you may be eligible to receive food stamp/SNAP benefits.

If you have any questions, call ACCESS toll-free at 866-262-9881, or e-mail ACCESS.