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ISSUE DATE: 12/2014

County agencies may issue 1 photo ID card per unit when the person who normally cashes the benefit warrant does not have a Minnesota driver's license, Minnesota non-driver identification card, or a county photo ID.

County agencies may not require that clients have state ID cards.

At the time of application, tell clients about the availability of photo ID cards. An oral statement of need is sufficient reason to issue an ID. Photo ID cards expire 12 months from the date of issue.

Do not take the photo for the ID until you have established the client's identity according to program policy. See 0010.18 (Mandatory Verifications).

Issue a photo ID card only if the client meets the criteria above and you expect the client to receive a state warrant.

Give the ID card to the client. Keep a copy of the number of ID card issued in the case file. Issue the client 1 free replacement in a 12 month period. A county which replaces cards more frequently may charge a replacement fee of no more than $2 per card. Counties may use the funds from this charge to defray their costs in the ID process.

County agencies must keep a log of photo ID cards issued.

For the food portion of MFIP, follow the SNAP provisions.


Follow MFIP, EXCEPT reference to the food portion of MFIP does not apply.


Identification cards are NOT issued for SNAP clients. SNAP benefits are accessed using an EBT card and PIN, which is acceptable identification of the SNAP client.


No provisions.

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