Date of Adoption: March 22, 2001.
Purpose: To implement WAC 196-23-070 which defines signature as both a handwritten identification and a digital identification. The rule clarifies what a handwritten identification is in order to reduce confusion that has existed on this issued in the past. By including digital identification as a form of signature, licensed engineers and land surveyors will be able to incorporate digital identification technology into their electronic documents such as maps, plans, specifications, reports, records-of-survey, etc. This will allow them [to] send such documents electronically and still meet the requirement to sign work done by them or under their direct supervision.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.43.035.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 01-04-050 on February 2, 2001.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 1, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0. Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
April 5, 2001
George A. Twiss
(1) A handwritten identification that represents the act of putting one's name on a document to attest to its validity. The handwritten identification must be:
(a) Original and written by hand;
(b) Permanently affixed to the document(s) being certified;
(c) Applied to the document by the identified registrant.
(2) A digital identification that is an electronic authentication process attached to or logically associated with an electronic document. The digital identification must be:
(a) Unique to the registrant using it;
(b) Capable of independent verification;
(c) Under the exclusive control of the registrant using it;
(d) Linked to a document in such a manner that the digital identification is invalidated if any data in the document is changed;
(e) In conformance with the definition of "digital signature" as it appears in chapter 19.34 RCW, Washington Electronic Authentication Act.