The identity of the applicant must be verified before issuing benefits. If an authorized representative applies on behalf of a household, you need to verify the identity of the head of household and authorized representative. You may be able to identify a client through previously provided verification. For new applications, there are many options available to verify identity. Here are some examples, but you are not limited to only these documents:
|Examples of Identity Verification|
|Work or School ID|
|ID for health benefits or other social services program|
|Voter ID Card|
You must accept any reasonable documentation of the applicant's identity. DHS cannot require a certain document to establish identity. Clients are considered known to the system if they have verified their identity previously. We do not need to delay a case to verify identity again.