461-115-0651    Effective 10/01/23
Required Verification and When to Verify; SNAP

  1. The Department must give households at least 10 days to provide required verification.

  2. All of the following information must be verified when an individual initially applies for SNAP benefits:

    1. The identity of the applicant and any authorized representative or alternate payee.

    2. Noncitizen status.

    3. Social Security Number (SSN) or application for an SSN.

    4. Countable income.

    5. Medical expenses, if they are used as a deduction.

    6. Effective January 19, 2023, an order to pay child support and the amount actually paid, if the child for which the support is paid is not in the individual’s SNAP household group and the child support payments are used as an exclusion.

    7. Any information that is incomplete, inaccurate, inconsistent, or outdated, including unresolved issues that impact eligibility (see OAR 461-001-0000) or the benefit amount.

    8. For an ABAWD who resides in a SNAP time limit county (see OAR 461-135-0520):

      1. Work hours.

      2. The number of countable months (see OAR 461-135-0520) used in another state if the individual is applying for food benefits after receiving food benefits in another state.

  3. All of the following information must be verified when an individual reapplies for SNAP benefits:

    1. Countable income.

    2. Medical expenses, if used as a deduction, and one of the following are true:
      1. The total amount of recurring medical expenses has changed by more than $25,
      2. The medical expense is new, or
      3. The medical expense information is incomplete, inaccurate, inconsistent, or outdated.
    3. Effective January 19, 2023, any changes to an order to pay child support and the amount actually paid, if the child for which the support is paid is not in the individual’s SNAP household group and the child support payments are used as an exclusion.

    4. Any information that is incomplete, inaccurate, inconsistent, or outdated, including unresolved issues that impact eligibility or the benefit amount.

  4. For cases using the Change Reporting System (CRS), each of the following changes reported during the certification period (see OAR 461-001-0000) must be verified:

    1. A change in source of income, or the amount of stable income has changed by more than $50.

    2. The amount of variable income from any source.

    3. Changes in reported medical expenses by more than $25, and previously unreported medical expenses.

    4. Effective January 19, 2023, any changes to an order to pay child support and the amount actually paid, if the child for which the support is paid is not in the individual’s SNAP household group and the child support payments are used as an exclusion.

    5. Any information that is incomplete, inaccurate, inconsistent, or outdated, including unresolved issues that impact eligibility or the benefit amount.

  5. For cases using the Simplified Reporting System (SRS), each of the following changes reported during the certification period must be verified in accordance with OAR 461-170-0103:

    1. Noncitizen status and SSN or application for an SSN when a new member joins the benefit group (see OAR 461-110-0750).

    2. Countable income.

    3. Medical expenses, if used as a deduction, and one of the following are true:
      1. The total amount of medical expenses has changed by more than $25,
      2. The medical expense is new, or
      3. The medical expense information is incomplete, inaccurate, inconsistent, or outdated.
    4. Effective January 19, 2023, an order to pay child support and the amount actually paid, if the child for which the support is paid is not in the individual’s SNAP household group and the child support payments are used as an exclusion.

  6. A claimed expense or cost may be used to determine the SNAP benefit only when the individual provides the required or requested verification.

  7. In addition to the verification required by sections (2) to (6) of this rule, the income for an individual must be verified in accordance with OARs 461-150-0060(5) and 461-170-0102 --
    1. Every six months for SRS cases certified for twelve months under OAR 461-115-0450.
    2. Every twelve months for SRS cases certified for 24 months under OAR 461-115-0450.

Statutory/Other Authority: ORS 409.050, 411.060, 411.070, 411.816
Statutes/Other Implemented: ORS 409.050, 411.060, 411.070, 411.081, 411.087, 411.816, 411.825, 411.837, 7 CFR 273.2

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