California BBS signature policy

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Does the California BBS require wet signatures on all forms?

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) does not have an official signature policy on its web site as of June 14, 2024. This leads many applicants to ask whether original "wet" signatures are required on all documents submitted to the board, or whether other forms of signatures, such as scanned signatures, digital signatures, photocopies, or electronic signatures can be accepted.

We make a point of attending all BBS meetings, and routinely asking about current BBS practice related to signatures. Here's the most recent guidance we have.

Only application forms require original signatures

On application forms for registration or licensure, the application form requires an original signature (that is, a "wet" signature, not scanned) in ink. All other forms, such as weekly logs of supervised experience, Supervision Agreements, and Verification of Experience, can be submitted with digital or sign-and-scan signatures.

In general, the BBS has said they try to be accommodating when accepting various forms of signatures. However, they are bound by statute and by legal guidance from the state as to what can be accepted. As examples, they may reject signatures that are typed, that do not appear to match the signer's name, or that cannot be verified.

The legal guidance received by the BBS, and their practices related to accepting signatures, may change. It is important to follow all instructions on the applicable versions of the forms you are submitting. Whenever submitting originals to the BBS, it can be helpful to retain copies for your own records. 

This page last updated June 2024. This reflects our understanding at the time of publication, and is meant for informational purposes only. It is not intended as legal advice. For legal guidance related to your specific situation, consult an attorney. High Pass Education is not affiliated with the BBS.