Limited Use Food Service
The Limited Use Food Service Worker Card (FSW) provides the opportunity for those with a
disability to obtain a FSW card in order to perform specific determined tasks of low public health
risk working under the direct supervision of an establishment’s Certified Food Service Manager.
The Certified Food Service Manager must be present when a worker with a Limited Use Food Service Worker
Card is working in the permitted establishment.
How do I obtain a Limited Use Food Service Worker Card?
A permitted food establishment’s Certified Food Service Manager will contact the Maricopa
County Environmental Services Department (MCESD) Regional Office (see locations below) and make an appointment
for an onsite visit. Your Certified Food Service Manager will be responsible to train you in food safety prior
to your appointment. An Environmental Health Specialist from MCESD will visit the establishment and witness the
applicant’s duties as assigned by the Certified Food Service Manager. Upon approval, MCESD will provide you with
written authorization to bring to one of our MCESD Regional Offices in order to obtain your card. In addition to
the written authorization, you must bring proof of legal status/ID*.
How can I use the Limited Use Food Service Worker Card?
The Limited Use Food Service Worker card was created to accommodate those persons with a disability
or with special needs. It will allow individuals to work in food establishments with specific duties which are
low public health risk activities that he or she will be performing including but not limited to dishwashing,
bussing tables, and filling condiments.
The Limited Use Food Service Worker Card is valid for a period of three years from issuance. The fee for the card is
$5.00. An original of the card must be kept at the workplace. Those who wish to retain a copy for their own records
can request a duplicate of their card for $3.00. After the card has expired, the process must be repeated in order to
be issued a new Limited Use Food Service Worker Card.
Do I need to show Lawful presence to obtain the Limited Use Food Service Worker Card?
Yes. Individuals are required to provide proof of lawful presence prior to receiving their Limited Use
Food Service Worker Card. All forms of identification are required to have a photo or accompanied with U.S. government
issued photo identification*.
*List of Lawful Presence Identification is available at: