This article is a section taken from Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP), a part of the revisions and additions to the Minnesota Health Care Program Eligibility Policy Manual.


Application Signature

The application filer or their authorized representative must sign the application.

  • People under 18 who do not live with a parent, relative caretaker, foster parent, or legal guardian may sign an application on their own behalf. This includes both minors with and without children.

Electronic Signature

The MNsure and ApplyMN online applications allow for an electronic signature. The electronic signature is a legally valid signature; having the same legal effect as a written signature.

People Unable to Provide Signature

People who are mentally competent but unable to sign the application due to physical or other limitations may:

  • Sign electronically

  • Sign a paper application by making a distinct mark, such as an X. Two witnesses must sign and date the application to verify that the person making the mark is indeed the person who is applying.

An authorized representative or a court-appointed guardian or conservator must sign the application for people who are not mentally competent. An authorized representative is a person or organization authorized by an applicant or enrollee to apply for any of the health care programs and to perform the duties required to establish and maintain eligibility. See the Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) Authorized Representative policy for more information.

Renewal Signature

The application filer must sign the renewal when a renewal signature is required.

A signature is required on a pre-populated renewal form. Enrollees who receive a paper renewal are required to complete, sign and return the renewal.

No signature is required for enrollees automatically renewed based on information provided through the new eligibility system.

Legal Citations

Code of Federal Regulations, title 42, section 155.230
Code of Federal Regulations, title 42, section 435.907
Code of Federal Regulations, title 42, section 435.916
Code of Federal Regulations, title 42, section 435.923
Code of Federal Regulations, title 45, section 155.335
Minnesota Statutes, section 256L.05

CREDIT: The content of this post has been copied or adopted from the Minnesota Healthcare Programs Eligibility Policy Manual, originally published by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

This is also part of a series of posts on Minnesota Healthcare Eligibility Policies.