What is DCDV

Direct Certification

Direct Certification is a federally mandated process for determining student eligibility for free school meals automatically through documentation obtained directly from a state or local agency or authorized program representative. When a student is directly certified, the household does not need to submit a meal application. This saves parents and school administrators time, and provides a uniform and efficient method for eligibility determinations.

The Direct Certification Process is defined by these steps:
    • Eligibility
    • List
    • Match
    • Certify
    • Report

Direct Verification

Direct Verification is a special process that may be used to expedite the verification of a sample of Applications during the October 1 - November 15 time frame.

The process uses public records (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid to verify a student's eligibility for free or reduced price meals when verification of a student's eligibility is required. When a Local Education Agency (LEA) is able to directly verify eligibility, the LEA is not required to notify the household of its selection for verification.

LEAs are not required to conduct direct verification, but the LEA will find that there are benefits from doing this process. Direct Verification streamlines the verification of applications - saving the LEA time and effort. By increasing Direct Verification, the number of applications that the LEA must verify by contacting the household is decreased. If any student in the household is identified using the Direct Certification/Direct Verification System in TX-UNPS or records provided by another governmental agency, all students in the household are directly verified, and there is no need to request additional documentation from the household.

Direct Verification is a specialized process that should be utilized ONLY within that context and should not be used to establish eligibility. As such, Direct Verification is not available for use except during the October - December time period each year.

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.

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