Management Bulletin 16-01
Early Learning and Care Division
Subject: Digital Signatures
Date: January 2016
Expires: Until Rescinded
Authority: California Education Code (EC), Section 8227.5; California Code of Regulations, Title 5 (5 CCR), Section 18065; Government Code Section 16.5; and Title 2 (2 CCR) Sections 22000-22005.
Attention: Alternative Payment Program Contractors (C2AP, C3AP, CAPP, and CMAP) and Child Care Providers
This Management Bulletin (MB) is to inform alternative payment programs and child care providers that they are authorized to use digital signatures.
On October 4, 2015, the Governor signed Assembly Bill (AB) 271. If specified state and federal standards are met, the bill:
- Authorizes alternative payment program contractors and child care providers who contract with alternative payment program contractors to use digital signatures; and
- Provides that the use of a digital signature has the same force and effect as the use of a manual signature.
Note: This bill does not authorize center-based child care and development contractors, such as CCTR, CSPP, CMIG, CHAN, and CFCC contractors, to use digital signatures.
Effective January 1, 2016, Alternative Payment Program contractors (C2AP, C3AP, CAPP, and CMAP), and child care providers may use a digital signature that complies with state and federal standards. Per Government Code Section 16.5 http://www.sos.ca.gov/administration/regulations/current-regulations/technology/digital-signatures/government-code-16-5/ and Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 22000) of Division 7 of 2 CCR http://www.sos.ca.gov/administration/regulations/current-regulations/technology/digital-signatures/frequently-asked-questions , the following requirements must be met if a contractor or provider chooses to use a digital signature:
- Digital signatures must be created by an acceptable technology. (See California regulation 2 CCR Sections 22003 and 22004 for information on acceptable technologies http://www.sos.ca.gov/administration/regulations/current-regulations/technology/digital-signatures/ .)
- It is unique to the person using it and is known only to the signer and to the Alternative Payment agency staff who are involved in the verification as stated in 2 below.
- It is capable of verification and the acceptor of the digitally signed document can verify who digitally signed the document.
- It is under the sole control of the person using it.
- The digital signature is invalidated if the data is altered/modified.
- It otherwise conforms to 2 CCR Sections 22000-22005.
More information on digital signatures is available at the California Secretary of States’ FAQ Web page http://www.sos.ca.gov/administration/regulations/current-regulations/technology/digital-signatures/frequently-asked-questions .If you have questions regarding the information in this management bulletin, please send an e-mail to email@example.com.
This Management Bulletin is mandatory only to the extent that it cites a specific statutory and/or regulatory requirement. Any portion of this Management Bulletin that is not supported by a specific statutory and/or regulatory requirement is not prescriptive pursuant to California Education Code Section 33308.5.