Length of Certification Period
When processing an initial application, you will be responsible for assigning the longest certification period possible based on the predictability of the household's circumstances.
|Possible Certification Periods for SNAP|
|One Month||Households only eligible for the application month|
|Migrant farm households and SEOs who apply before the 16th of the month|
|Two Months||Households only eligible for the certification month and the next month|
|Migrant Farm Workers and SEOs who apply on the 16th or later|
|Three Months||Clients not exempt from ABAWD work requirements who have all of their three K months and are not prorated|
|Four Months||Clients not exempt from ABAWD work requirements who have all of their three K months and are prorated|
|Twelve Months||All other SNAP cases that do not meet one of the above and is not a household of elderly / disabled members with no earned income|
|Twenty-four Months||Only for households where all adult members of the home are elderly / disabled and have no earned income|
When an ABAWD is exempt from or meeting ABAWD work requirements, assign the household a 12 month certification period. Be sure to check the person's ABAWD status at mid-certification renewal.