General SNAP Work Rules

SNAP household members between the ages of 16 and 59, who are not exempt, must meet the general SNAP work rules. Learn more about the general SNAP work rules and if they apply to you or a household member.

Federal and state regulations make work rules a condition of eligibility for SNAP benefits. There are exceptions to this rule. If one or more of the exemptions below apply to you, you do not have to meet the work rules. If you do not meet any of the exemptions, then you must meet the general SNAP work rules. If you fail to follow the work rules without good cause, you will be ineligible for SNAP for a period of time. You will be ineligible for three months if you fail to follow the work rules, six months for the second failure, and twelve months for the third failure. 


You are exempt from the general SNAP work rules if you:

  • are an applicant or recipient of TAFDC or EAEDC benefits
  • are pregnant (in your third trimester or later)
  • are physically or mentally unfit for employment
  • work at least 30 hours per week on average or earn more than $217.50 per week
  • attend school at least half-time
  • take part in an employment and training program at least half-time
  • are an unemployment applicant or recipient
  • care for a child under age 6 or a person with a disability (this person does not need to live with you)
  • take part in a substance abuse treatment program

If we can't verify your exemption, we will ask you for verification.

How do I meet the general SNAP work rules?

You must:

  • register for work at application and every 12 months after initial registration
  • upon request, give DTA information about your employment status
  • upon referral by DTA, report to an employer
  • accept a legitimate offer of employment
  • not quit a job of more than 30 hours a week or reduce work hours to less than 30 hours a week without good cause

If you must meet the general SNAP work rules then you might also have to meet the ABAWD work program rules.

What is good cause?

In general, good cause for failure to meet the general SNAP work rules includes:

  • lack of suitable child care
  • family crisis or emergency (such as a death, health emergency, or domestic violence)
  • unreasonable employment situation or employment offer

You must submit verification of your good cause.