Vendor Application Process

DC WIC is currently accepting vendor applications for the upcoming Vendor Agreement Cycle which will run October 1st, 2022, through September 30th, 2025.

To be considered for authorization as a WIC vendor in the District of Columbia, a supermarket, grocery store, commissary, or pharmacy must:

1. Request an Application Package
Contact the State Agency at to request an application package

2. Return the Application Package
Submit all completed materials together to the State Agency via email at

3. Sign and Return the Vendor Agreement

For All Vendor Applicants: 
Vendor Agreement – indicates applicant’s assigned vendor peer group and related requirements

For Grocery (non-pharmacy) Applicants:
Minimum Stocking Requirement checklist – indicates the stocking levels which the applicant must meet before DC WIC will provide the final trainings and materials needed for the applicant to begin processing WIC benefits.

The applicant must complete and return all forms listed above within five (5) business days, select a time for the State Agency to perform the pre-authorization walk through, and select a time for the StateAgency to perform training for store employees (options will be provided by email).


African American Woman on Laptop looking at DC WIC Vendor Application

Determination Period

Applications are reviewed within 60 days of receipt. If the application is not complete, a notice of incomplete items will be sent and the application will not be processed further.

Authorization Process​

Once your signed Vendor Agreement has been received, theState Agency will schedule a time to complete the authorization process. The following steps will take place 1-2 weeks before your store opens, or as close to the start of WIC authorization as possible (for stores already operating).These steps include the following action items:

  • New store authorization training
    The State Agency will provide training on WIC policies and procedures

  • Pre-authorization visit; the State Agency will:
    Review stocking standards and cleanliness of store, and provide WIC posters and other materials, as requested by the Vendor

  • Post DC WIC Authorized Vendor signs and distribute WIC vendor materials, as needed

  • Upload the point of sales (POS) system's approved product list (APL)

  • Start selling to WIC Customers!

Duration of Authorization

A supermarket, grocery store, commissary, or pharmacy may apply for authorization as a DC WIC vendor at any time. DC WIC vendors a reauthorized in three-year cycles. If a vendor becomes authorized during the middle of this cycle, they will be re-authorized with the other vendors at the end of the respective cycle. For example, the current vendor authorization cycle runs from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2022. A vendor authorized inSeptember 2020 will sign a Vendor Agreement stating the date of their initial authorization, with an end date of September 30, 2022.

The DC WIC State Agency will work with authorized vendors to fulfill reauthorization requirements between July and September prior to the new authorization cycle.

Applicable Regulations, Statutes & Administrative Rules

Federal Regulations 7 CFR Part 246