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ESRA Position on Federal Agency Requirements for Handwritten Signatures (SSA-89)

Summary

ESRA seeks a reversal on the SSA’s prohibition of electronic signatures on form SSA-89.

Effective October 1, 2013, the Social Security Administration (SSA) added specific language to the user agreement for its Consent Based Social Security Number Verification Service (CBSV) to no longer allow electronic/digital signatures as a means of consent on its Form SSA-89, Authorization for SSA to Release SSN Verification.

ESRA seeks a reversal on the SSA’s prohibition of electronic signatures on form SSA-89, for the following reasons:

ESRA encourages the SSA to reconsider its position based on the above principles, and to reverse its policy against electronic signatures on Form SSA-89.

Read the full Position here.

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