Self-attestation occurs when a participant states his or her status for a particular data element and then signs and dates a form acknowledging this status. In these instances, the state does permit self-attestation as an alternative means of verifying a limited number of factors related to the applicant status. The key elements for self-attestation are (1) the participant identifying his or her status for permitted elements, and (2) signing and dating a form attesting to this self-identification.
Self-attestation is permitted when efforts have been exhausted and it has been determined that the documentation is unavailable and obtaining the documentation will cause undue hardship for the individual. Self attestation is permitted to document specific items in an application.(these are noted in the data validation crosswalk) When self attestation is used, the applicant must date and sign the document. The Printer Friendly Customer Information page on the GWS includes most of those elements where self attestation is acceptable. It is not related to hardship in providing documentation.