FAA2.A The Application : 02 Signing the Application and Other Documents
Signing the Application and Other Documents
Information on this page refers to the Nutrition Assistance program Information on this page refers to the Cash Assistance program
This section includes the ways that a participant can sign the application and other documents.
Policy
In order to complete the eligibility determination for any program, an official application must be signed and dated by the PI(g), an adult participant or representative, under penalty of perjury. This must be completed on the application signature page.
A signed application is required for any of the following:
When submitting a new or renewal application. (See Identifiable Applications)
When requesting additional program benefits at the time of interview.
A signature is a name or mark representing the name of the participant or authorized representative. The signature is personally added to authenticate the participant as the source or approval of the information.
A signature is unique to the participant signing the document. When available, all of the following are acceptable methods to sign a document, which becomes their legal signature:
Written Signature
A hand-written signature or mark of a participant’s name or authorized representative on paper documents as a proof of identity. The purpose of the signature is also to indicate the participant’s agreement with the information on the document.
NOTE The signature entered on page 1 of the Application for Benefits (FAA-0001A) is only for identifiable application purposes. This signature allows FAA to accept an incomplete application and save the date it is received and signed as the date of application. The participant or authorized representative is required to sign under penalty of perjury the last page of the application before a determination can be completed.
When the participant or authorized representative signs the application with a mark, the signing must be witnessed by the worker or supervisor. The witness must sign the application in the space designated for the witness.
When the participant is not able to read or write, or is physically unable to do so, their representative may sign the paper application. Documentation must support the reason that the participant is unable to sign the application.
Electronic Signature
When an account is created in Health-e-Arizona Plus (HEAplus), a participant can electronically sign their application using the electronic signature option.
The participant enters their name and checks the box at the end of their application.
Recorded Telephonic Signature
A recorded telephonic signature, or voice signature, is a voice recording intended to capture the voice authorization of the participant or authorized representative acknowledging they gave the information, answered the questions truthfully, understood, and agreed to the information in the document that is being signed. After recording a summary of the household’s details, the participant or authorized representative is asked for specific information that equals the voice signature.
Identity is verified prior to the recorded telephonic signature by requesting the participant or authorized representative provide confidential case information.
Responses provided by the participant or authorized representative are recorded by designated staff.
Signature Pad
A signature pad is a device that electronically captures a participant’s handwritten signature on a liquid-crystal display (LCD) touchpad using a pen-type stylus.
Verification
Identity is verified prior to the recorded telephonic signature by requesting the participant or authorized representative provide confidential case information.
Legal Authorities
7 CFR 273.2(c)(7)(iii)(A)
AAC R6-12-201
AAC R6-12-203
AAC R6-12-205
AAC R6-12-302
FNS Waiver
last revised 06/27/2022