520.1 General Policy

Verification Requirements for Updating a Client’s Name and Gender in eCIS, PFS19353520  (July 11, 2019)

The person completing the application must verify his or her identity. If an AR applies for the household, the CAO must verify the identity of both the AR and the payment name.

Identity may be verified by readily available documents or by collateral contact. The CAO must accept any document that reasonably proves identity. No specific type of document, such as a birth certificate, is required.

The CAO must record in the Client Information System (eCIS) how the applicant verified his or her identity. Acceptable verification may include, but is not limited to, the following:

NOTE: Birth certificates issued from Puerto Rico prior to July 1, 2010 are no longer acceptable and the CAO must assist any household in exploring and obtaining alternative sources of identity verification.

7 CFR § 273.2(f)(1)(vii)

Reissued March 1, 2012, replacing March 26, 2004