How to Check the Balance on a Golden State Advantage Card

by James Andrews ; Updated July 27, 2017
California EBT Cards provide instant access to state benefits.

Electronic Benefit Transfer is a fast and convenient benefits payment system used by the California state government to give citizens public assistance benefits. The food and cash aid payments are credited electronically to a Golden State Advantage Card accepted at more than 80,000 locations in California. When buying goods, the holder slides this card through a point-of-sale, or POS, device, or uses an automated teller machine. Owners should check the card's balance regularly to ensure they have enough money to purchase essential items.

Step 1

Register your personal details and EBT card online. By setting up an account on the EBT Client website, you can check your balance on any computer connected to the Internet.

Step 2

Phone the customer service number contained on the rear of your card and ask the EBT staff member to tell you the current balance.

Step 3

Use the card at any POS machine. Follow the on-screen instructions to find out the latest balance.

Step 4

Purchase an item with the EBT card and look closely at the receipt. Every receipt clearly shows the remaining balance, although the balance may not always be displayed in the same place.


  • The misuse of food and cash benefits is a violation of federal and state laws.

About the Author

News, business and sports journalist James Andrews began writing professionally in 1996. His articles have appeared in the "Coventry Evening Telegraph," "Daily Mail," "Newcastle Evening Chronicle," "The Sun," "Herald Sun," "Football Business" magazine and online at He holds a National Certificate in newspaper journalism from the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

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