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Question: Was told by my interviewer that I must present all of my family's birth certificates so that DES may "stamp" them. She said this was a law as of April 2006, however, the first time I applied, they did not say this, nor did they "stamp" our birth certificates. I'd like to know where I can find this law, and will I be turned down for food stamps and AHCCCS if I don't let DES stamp our birth certificates?

Answer:

As of July 1, 2006 Federal law requires U.S. Citizens to document their citizenship and identity to qualify for AHCCCS Health Insurance.

The following link contains a fact sheet.

There is no indication that “DES must stamp birth certificates.”  The AHCCCS application below indicates that DES will make a copy of the original for the file.

Citizenship: If you are a United States Citizen, you will need to provide proof of both identity and citizenship. DES or AHCCCS will need to

see your original document. You can take your original document to any DES Family Assistance office or AHCCCS office. They will make a

copy of your document and indicate that they looked at the original.

Proof of both identity and citizenship can include a U.S. Passport and a U.S. Naturalization Certificate

Proof of identity only can include driver’s license, state issued ID card, school ID card, or other picture ID.

Proof of citizenship only can include a birth certificate, baptismal record, U.S. Citizen ID card, religious records, adoption records or

census records.

See entire text HERE

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  • Was told by my interviewer that I must present all of my family's birth certificates so that DES may "stamp" them. She said this was a law as of April 2006, however, the first time I applied, they did not say this, nor did they "stamp" our birth certificates. I'd like to know where I can find this law, and will I be turned down for food stamps and AHCCCS if I don't let DES stamp our birth certificates?

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