Texas ELMS

What is Texas ELMS?

The Texas ELMS software system, formerly known as DCDV (Direct Certification/Direct Verification), is now available to assist our partners in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Texas ELMS is the Texas Eligibility List Management System and it streamlines the process of matching enrollment records with the students in households receiving assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or some types of Medicaid. These students are eligible for free and reduced-price meals based on their household's participation in the programs.


Texas schools are required to complete the matching process and most are already doing great work using the new system. These schools are finding that Texas ELMS improves the accuracy of eligibility certifications and creates additional efficiencies. Partners must also work to certify other groups of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals who cannot be identified in Texas ELMS. Also, schools must not use the eligibility information for any purposes other than school nutrition.

More information concerning the direct certification, direct verification process can be found below. 

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Direct Certification and Additional Resources  Maximize 

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Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help.

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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

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