Can I Use my California EBT Card in Another State?

EBT stands for Electronic Benefits Transfer, and it is a system that allows people to receive public assistance in the form of food stamps. It has been used since the mid-1990s, and it has dramatically streamlined the process of receiving food stamps since.

In the previous article we showed how to track my EBT card in the mail. Now, we will write more about the California EBT card application.

To use an EBT card, you must first apply for benefits through your state government’s website. You will be assigned a caseworker who will determine your eligibility for assistance based on your income, assets, and other factors.

Once you are eligible for benefits, you should receive your EBT card within 30 days. You can then use the card at stores that accept SNAP EBT cards in exchange for food.

As it turns out, 21 states allow their residents to use EBT cards out of state. That includes 13 states on the West Coast, with many of them on the eastern side. Residents of those states can use their EBT cards in California, Nevada, and Arizona.

Can I use my California EBT card in another state?

Yes, you can use your California EBT card in another state because the EBT system works in 50 states. However, you can not use EBT in the two states for an extended period because it is a “duplicate participation”  offense. If you permanently change your address out California,  you need to call the DTA Assistance Line at 877-382-2363 and report a new address.

California SNAP EBT card

For example, if you visit your cousins or sick parents, you can temporarily use EBT in two states. However, you can not change address and use benefits in two states.


Again, there are some rules regarding when benefits can be issued to recipients who live in one state but work or travel to another.

Suppose the recipient travels out of California and still receives cash aid from California while they are out of state. In that case, they will be required to report their change of address to their county welfare department within five days of moving out of state.

If the recipient travels out of California and is not receiving cash aid from California while they are out of state, they may not need to report their change of address to their county welfare department. However, if the recipient returns to California and then applies for CalFresh benefits again, they will be required to report their change of address within five days.

According to the USDA agency, they can use their EBT card in other states – Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota (optional EBT), Missouri (optional EBT), Montana (optional EBT), New Hampshire (optional EBT), New Jersey (optional EBT), Oregon (optional EBT), Pennsylvania South Carolina, Tennessee (required for TANF), Utah (optional EBT), Vermont (optional EBT), Virginia Wisconsin. It was determined that a person receiving government assistance from any steals te could also use their card for others.

EBT card in the US

Can you use California EBT in Nevada?

Yes, you can use California EBT in Nevada. EBT YSNAP is a federal program that is “interoperable” between states. However, if you permanently change your address and start to live in Nevada, you need to call the DTA Assistance Line at 877-382-2363 and report a new address.

There are several possible reasons you cannot use your EBT in Nevada.

  1. You may be using a card that is not accepted in that state. Make sure you’re using the right card for your state.
  2. You may have insufficient funds or be short of money to finish the whole transaction. Check your balance and load more cash if necessary.
  3. You may be trying to buy something that is not allowed by the EBT program. Check the list of permitted items and make sure you’re within your budget before trying again.

Can I use Nevada food stamps in California?

You can use your Nevada Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card in California. The rules for SNAP benefits are set by the federal government and are uniform across the 50 states. However, if you permanently change your address, you need to call the DTA Assistance Line at 877-382-2363 and report a new address.

The process depends on whether you will stay in California or move to Nevada.

If you plan on returning to Nevada soon, you do not need to take any action regarding your EBT card. Once you return to Nevada, you can continue receiving your benefits as usual.

If you plan on staying in California, using your EBT card from Nevada requires a change of status form from your local Social Services office. This form will put you in contact with a worker in California who will help you establish a new account and transfer your benefits to that account. If a worker is unavailable immediately, they will schedule an appointment at the nearest office so that you can complete the process and begin receiving your food stamps again.


Many people who receive EBT benefits are over 50, and that population is overgrowing. Many older people do not have access to computers or smartphones, so managing their benefits online is more challenging. As a result, many older people use their EBT cards in person at grocery stores.

Using an EBT card outside of California could open up new possibilities for public assistance recipients, such as traveling for medical care or visiting family members who live in another state. However, this option may not be available to all recipients due to the cost associated with traveling outside one’s home state. In this case, extra planning would need to take place before leaving California so that funds can still be accessed while away from home.

For those who can travel outside California with an EBT card, this could mean more excellent opportunities!

Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith is an experienced economist and financial analyst from Utah. He has been in finance for nearly two decades, having worked as a senior analyst for Wells Fargo Bank for 19 years. After leaving Wells Fargo Bank in 2014, Daniel began a career as a finance consultant, advising companies and individuals on economic policy, labor relations, and financial management. At, Daniel writes about personal finance topics, value estimation, budgeting strategies, retirement planning, and portfolio diversification. Read more on Daniel Smith's biography page. Contact Daniel:

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