Adobe Certified Document Services

Certified Document Services (CDS) is one of the services enabled by the Adobe root certificate authority. CDS enables document authors to sign Portable Document Format (PDF) files, using standard digital certificates, which automatically validate when authors are using free Adobe® Reader® software. No additional client software or configuration is required.

CDS was designed to enable organizations and individuals who publish high-value documents to large and disparate recipient groups to increase the assurance level that the document's integrity and authenticity are preserved. By adding a CDS signature to a PDF file, document authors can increase this assurance level without requiring recipients to deploy additional software.

Read the Adobe CDS Certificate Policy (PDF:435K), which establishes requirements for how CDS Certificate Authorities operate.

View a list of partners able to provide Adobe CDS Digital IDs.