Depending on your state location, it may or may not be acceptable. There may be certain laws in your state that require that the applicant initial the certification or write in their name. Many states have state-specific laws on various aspects of information that are requested on an employment application as well as required disclosures. So be sure to check that your employment application complies with the employment law in your state or jurisdiction. If you are a multi-state employer and using a universal application, make certain that you are segregating and including the requisite state disclosures and prohibitions. It’s best practice to have your legal counsel review whenever you make changes to your employment application, giving special attention to areas such as criminal history, credit reporting, information requested, and required disclosures.