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. 

Direct Certification  Maximize 

Direct Verification  Maximize 

Policy & Handbook


Texas ELMS  Maximize 

Direct Certification and Additional Resources  Maximize 

Direct Verification  Maximize 

System Resources  Maximize 

Verification Reporting  Maximize 

CEP Reporting  Maximize 

Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help. Additional translations services available as well.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

1. Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
2. Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
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