To be considered an application, the applicant or the person applying for them must sign the application form. Applications electronically submitted through the Application for Benefits Eligibility (ABE) for Cash, Medical, and SNAP are not accepted without an electronic signature. Persons applying for medical and SNAP benefits over the phone by calling the ABE Customer Call Center must complete a telephonic signature. Without the telephonic signature, an application has not been filed.
The information provided must be to their best knowledge and ability. Do not accept an application that does not meet these requirements.
An application must be accepted even if it has only a name, address, and signature. A person cannot be required to do an activity or attend a meeting or orientation before they can file an application.
NOTE: If a faxed application has a name, address, and a signature, but the information is illegible, do not register the application. Fax the application back to fax number on the cover sheet (if there is no cover sheet, use the fax number at the top of the application) with a comment that the information was illegible.
Accept a faxed application from:
- an applicant;
- a third party applying on behalf of an applicant;
- a hospital;
- a long term care facility;
- a supported living facility;
- an DRS Counselor for an applicant/recipient of Vocational Rehabilitation or Blind Services;
- an SSA office sending a joint processing SNAP application;
- an All Kids Application Agent; or
- an MPE provider.
If application is made using a faxed application, do not require the client to submit the original application form.