SNAP - Indefinite Eligibility & Licensed vehicles


Indefinite Eligibility:

  • Beginning on April 1, 2003, an individual who has lived in the U.S. as a qualified alien for five (5) years from the date of entry, regardless of the date entered;
  • An LPR who can be credited with 40 qualifying quarters of work under the Social Security system (credits may be earned individually, in combination with a spouse, and in some circumstances, a parent);
  • An elderly individual who was born on or before August 22, 1931 and who was lawfully residing in the U.S. on August 22, 1996;
  • Children under 18 years of age who were lawfully residing in the U.S. on August 22, 1996; (Beginning on October 1, 2003, qualified alien under 18 years of age are eligible regardless of when they entered the U.S.)
  • Blind or disabled individuals or receiving benefits or assistance for their condition as defined under section 3(r) of the Food Stamp Act regardless of when they entered the U.S. (see manual section C 300); or
  • An individual who is lawfully residing in the U.S. and is on active duty (other than for training) in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard (but not full time National Guard), or is an honorably discharged veteran whose discharge is not because of alien status. This category includes the spouse (or surviving spouse who has not remarried) or unmarried dependent children of these individuals. A discharge "Under Honorable Conditions" does not meet this requirement.

    Licensed vehicles are counted as follows:

    One vehicle (regardless of its value) is not counted as a resource and other vehicles are not counted if they are:

    • Leased,
    • Used over 50 percent of the time for producing income for the household,
    • Annually producing income consistent with its fair market value,
    • Necessary for long-distance travel for work (other than daily commute),
    • Used for subsistence fishing/hunting,
    • Used as your home,
    • Necessary to transport a physically disabled household member,
    • Needed to carry most of the household's fuel or water, OR
    • Inaccessible (sale would produce $1,500 or less).

    For the following vehicles, the fair market value is determined and any amount over $4,650 is a resource that will be counted:

    • One licensed vehicle per adult per household; and
    • Any other licensed vehicle used by teens in the household for employment; training or education to prepare for employment; or to look for employment.