What’s an electronic signature?

An e-signature or electronic signature is an efficient and legal way to get electronic documents signed quickly. Secure and trusted around the world, e-signatures can replace a handwritten signature in many processes. Get started with e-signatures from Adobe.

What are the benefits of e-signatures?


E-signatures are legal, trusted and enforceable around the world. Acrobat Sign is an outstanding global solution for e-signatures in countries worldwide.


Speed up your signing process by allowing recipients to e-sign documents. You can save 1.5 hours per use per transaction with Acrobat Sign.*


Using e-signatures helps you both save money and streamline business workflows. With Acrobat Sign, you can save $6 per transaction by reducing the amount of paper used.*

* ”The Total Economic Impact™ of Adobe Acrobat Sign,” a commissioned case study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Adobe, January 2022.

What are electronic signatures used for?

See how e-signatures bring efficiency to any department — and any industry.

Keep your teams focused on selling by freeing them from manual, repetitive, administrative tasks.

Capture and share sensitive information securely with seamless, paperless experiences today’s customers expect.


Increase employee productivity and delight job candidates by enabling them to easily access and e-sign documents from anywhere.

Transform and automate your document and e-signing workflows for greater efficiency while protecting patient privacy.


Enable fully digital, automated e-sign and approval workflows for teams and departments across your organisation.

Acrobat Sign is FedRAMP Moderate authorised, so you can simplify processes while keeping sensitive data secure.

Need a more secure type of e-signature?

Digital signatures, such as our cloud signatures, are considered to be the most secure type of e-signature around the world. When you need the highest level of assurance to identify a signer, protect your transaction or comply with local laws, opt for a digital signature that uses a digital identity verified by a trusted third party.

What can you do with Acrobat Sign?

Send easily, just like an email.

Send for an electronic signature in 3 easy steps. Upload your document, type in the signer’s email address and hit send. That’s it.

Sign in a snap.

Signers can simply click a link and e-sign right there from a browser, on their computer or on any mobile device — no downloads or sign-ups needed.

Track and manage progress.

Stay up to date with your signed documents. Know the status of every signature, send reminders, cancel requests and view a detailed audit trail for all of your electronic transactions.

Work with Microsoft and other tools you already use.

As Microsoft’s preferred e-signature solution, Acrobat Sign integrates seamlessly with Microsoft applications. You can create, edit and sign documents in multiple document formats without leaving Microsoft 365. You can access integrations with many other business tools, including Salesforce and Workday.

Want to know more?

Whether you need some basic information about our electronic signature solutions or you’d like a customised quote for your unique business needs, we’re here to help you to get your questions answered.

Acrobat Sign electronic signature FAQs

A digital signature is a more secure electronic signature that is generated using a digital certificate and cryptographically bound to the document using public key infrastructure (PKI). The digital certificate is unique to the signer and obtained from a trusted 3rd party such as a trust service provider (TSP) or certificate authority (CA) after verification of the signer’s identity.

Yes. An electronic signature is a broad term for any electronic process that indicates acceptance of an agreement or a record. A digital signature refers to a more secure electronic signature that is generated using a digital certificate and cryptographically bound to the document using public key infrastructure (PKI).

A cloud signature is a digital signature where the signer’s digital certificate is managed by a trust service provider (TSP) in the cloud. Cloud signatures rely on the global open standard created by the Cloud Signature Consortium (CSC). Compared to a traditional digital signature applied using a physical smart card or USB token, a cloud signature makes it easy to apply trusted digital signatures directly from a mobile device or a Web browser. For more information, please see the digital identity solution providers page in the Adobe Trust Centre

An electronic seal or e-seal is used by a legal entity such as a business or organisation to certify the origin, authenticity and integrity of documents. Electronic seals may provide strong legal evidence that the document has not been altered and originated from the entity identified by the digital sealing certificate.

Yes. E-signatures are legal in many countries around the world. For more information on e-signature legality, please see our Global e-signature laws pages from the Adobe Trust Centre.

The Adobe Acrobat Sign security overview provides information on security for Adobe Acrobat Sign Solutions. To learn more about how Adobe protects your documents, data and personal information, please visit the Adobe Sign Trust Centre.

For information on Adobe Acrobat Sign compliance, please see the Adobe Compliance Certifications, Standards and Regulations list in the Adobe Trust Centre