What is an EBT Payment?
Also referred to as a 'Food Stamp', the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) is an electronic system that allows a recipient to authorize the transfer of their government benefits from a federal account to a retailer account to pay for products received. EBT is used in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam. EBT has been implemented in all states since June of 2004. Here you can learn about EBT Payments and regulations by each state.
How do you accept EBT?
Retailers who wish to start accepting food stamps in their store can apply online by registering for a USDA eAuthentication account at the USDA website (see Resources). Registration is free. If you prefer a paper application, call 877-823-4369, and request that an application be mailed to you.
What payment products at Vivid can I use to accept EBT as a merchant?
VividPayments helps hundreds of merchants accept EBT a day. The Vivid team has options for both instore (in-person payments) and online payments.
In-person payment options for EBT
Poynt Smart Terminal
Online payment options for EBT
For online payments, we have two gateways we can plug into your website or online shopping card. The Vivid team can set up and online store if you're using or switch to eHopper POS.
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