Any responsible EU member may designate, in writing, an authorized representative to act on behalf of the EU. The authorized representative may be designated to make application, access benefits, or both. The authorized representative must be an adult who is sufficiently aware of the EU’s situation and not part of the EU. The authorized representative is recorded on the Representative (FMMP) screen in FAMIS. Refer to Adding/Updating/Ending A Representative user guide for instructions.
The following individuals cannot serve as authorized representative unless no other representative is available:
- state agency employees who are involved in the eligibility determination or issuance process;
- employees of authorized food provider or meal services that are authorized to accept food stamp benefits, unless the provider is a drug and alcohol treatment center or a group living arrangement; and
- individuals disqualified for fraud.
The authorized representative must be advised of the need to report required changes on behalf of the EU according to the change reporting requirements to which the EU is subject. The authorized representative may be liable for any overpayment to the EU caused by the authorized representative.
The EU must be advised they may be liable for any overpayment caused by the authorized representative.
If a guardian lives in one county and the EU in another, the application must be taken in the EU’s county and the guardian must designate an authorized representative in the EU’s county to handle all transactions for the EU.