Q: Can PPP lenders use scanned copies of documents, E-signatures, or E-consents for loan forgiveness applications and loan forgiveness documentation?
A: Yes. All PPP lenders may accept scanned copies of signed loan forgiveness applications and documents containing the information and certifications required by SBA Form 3508, 3508EZ, or lender equivalent. Lenders may accept any form of E-consent or E-signature that complies with the requirements of the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (P.L. 106-229).
If electronic signatures are not feasible, then when obtaining a wet ink signature without in-person contact, lenders should take appropriate steps to ensure the proper party has executed the document.
This guidance does not supersede signature requirements imposed by other applicable law, including by the lender’s primary federal regulator.
This Q&A was based on information contained in the Treasury Department’s October 13, 2020, version of “Paycheck Protection Program Loans, Frequently Asked Questions on PPP Loan Forgiveness,” which may be updated from time to time. This CARES Act / SBA / PPP Loan Forgiveness-related issuance may be found here: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/PPP--Loan-Forgiveness-FAQs.pdf