ACIN I-37-08: Policy Clarification Regarding The On-Line Application E-Signature Requirements In The Food Stamp Program (5/29/08)

Just a note to clarify e-signatures for applicants who apply online without a paper application. Per FNS, counties may request additional personal identifying information in order to validate an electronic signature. Whether a paper or electronic application, the county must “provide the means for an applicant to immediately start the application process” with just a name, address and signature. (MPP Section 63-300.3.)  This includes the requirement to accept an incomplete application.  (Presumably this means that if the e-signature is not validated, the county is to accept it and pursue validation.) [Download]