Food stamps must be renewed so the beneficiary can continue to receive them. This is often called recertification, and it generally happens on a semi-annual basis. Some households may have to recertify monthly or every two years.
The expected length of a food stamp certification period should be defined upon approval or renewal of benefits, so the beneficiary knows when to expect a recertification. Food stamp renewals consist of a verification form and a phone or in-person interview. The beneficiary receives the verification form 30 to 45 days prior to recertification. The form asks the beneficiary to confirm any information that has changed since the initial approval or prior recertification.