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S. 3025 (115th): Fraud Reduction Through Photographic Identification Act of 2018

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 7, 2018 (Introduced).



2d Session

S. 3025


June 7, 2018

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry


To amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to prevent the illegal trafficking of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits by requiring all program beneficiaries to show valid photo identification when purchasing items with program benefits.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Fraud Reduction Through Photographic Identification Act of 2018.


Identification for card use

Section 7(h)(9) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (7 U.S.C. 2016(h)(9)) is amended—


in the paragraph heading, by striking Optional photographic identification and inserting Identification for card use;


by redesignating subparagraphs (A) and (B) as clauses (i) and (ii), respectively, and indenting appropriately;


by inserting before clause (i) (as so redesignated) the following:


Listed beneficiaries

A State agency shall require that an electronic benefit card lists the names of—


the head of the household;


each adult member of the household; and


each adult that is not a member of the household that is authorized to use that card.


Photographic identification required


In general

Except as provided under clause (ii), any individual listed on an electronic benefit card under subparagraph (A) shall be required to show photographic identification at the point of sale when using the card.


Head of household

A head of a household is not required to show photographic identification under clause (i) if the electronic benefit card contains a photograph of that individual under subparagraph (C)(i).


Optional photographic identification



in subparagraph (C) (as so designated)—


in clause (i) (as so redesignated), by striking 1 or more members of a and inserting the head of the; and


in clause (ii) (as so redesignated)—


by striking subparagraph (A) and inserting clause (i); and


by inserting subject to subparagraph (B)(i) after the card; and


by adding at the end the following:


Visual verification

Any individual that is shown photographic identification or an electronic benefit card containing a photograph, as applicable, under subparagraph (B) shall visually confirm that the photograph on the identification or the electronic benefit card, as applicable, is a clear and accurate likeness of the individual using the electronic benefit card.