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EBT Retailer Information
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If you are interested in becoming an authorized Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) retailer, please read the following information. If you have questions about equipment or settling disputes with cardholders, please refer to the corresponding sections below.

How to Become an Authorized Retailer

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is the agency responsible for authorizing retailers to accept EBT benefits. To become an authorized retailer, visit their SNAP Retailer Service Center site for further information.

Retailers with existing debit or credit equipment must contact their Third Party Processor (TPP) to alert them of the store's intention to begin processing EBT transactions.

Authorized EBT retailers need to display either the Quest logo or a picture of the Virginia EBT card.

Questions About Equipment

Retailers with existing debit or credit equipment must contact their Third Party Processor (TPP) to alert them of the store's intention to begin processing EBT transactions.

If you have received equipment intended solely for processing EBT transactions, and have questions about its operation, call the retailer help desk at 1-866-281-2449.

Settling Disputes with Cardholders

When disputes occur, cardholders have been instructed to first speak a store's manager (or assistant manager) to try and resolve the issue. Then, if the issue cannot be resolved, the cardholder has then been instructed to call a toll free customer service help desk at 1-866-281-2448 to file a claim. Claims take approximately 10 business days to resolve.

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