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What is a wet signature, and when should you use one?
Some agreements require wet ink signatures. Digital technology can help you obtain these physical signatures quickly.
What is a wet signature?
By definition, any signature affixed to a hard copy with a pen or other writing device is a “wet signature.” And although they might seem a little old school with electronic signatures (e-signatures) becoming more commonly accepted on contracts and other documents, some governments and private businesses still require parties to physically imprint their mark on a signed document. Plus, some signers (also known as “signatories”) just prefer to use handwritten signatures in general.
A wet signature doesn’t necessarily have to be a person’s name. According to the US Uniform Commercial Code, “A signature may be made manually or by means of a device or machine, and by the use of any name, including a trade or assumed name, or by a word, mark, or symbol executed or adopted by a person with present intention to authenticate a writing.”
Not only do signatures not need to be names, but they also don’t need to be made with a pen. You can put a mark on a paper document with a stamp, personal seal, name seal count, thumbprint, unreadable line of cursive, typed name, pair of initials, or even a distinctive "X." These are all considered legal signatures when provided on a physical document. Depending on the document type, however, some wet signatures may require a notary to be present at signing.
Electronic signatures are valid in all US territories.
Electronic signatures have been recognized and legal in the United States for decades. In 2000 the US Congress passed the US Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, which made electronic signatures on digital documents legally valid in every US state, territory, and anywhere else that US federal law applies. Since the passage of the ESIGN Act, electronic signatures have become more common internationally and are now recognized in most countries as a standard way to authenticate business and legal documents when using electronic forms..
Electronic signatures save money and cut costs for organizations by incorporating digital solutions into the signing process. According to a study by Capgemini, companies that use electronic systems and digital solutions are 26% more profitable than those that do not.
Integrate wet signatures into digital workflows.
Make wet signatures easier and electronic signatures your standard with Adobe Acrobat Sign. Adobe Acrobat Sign is compliant with relevant electronic signature laws and syncs seamlessly with other industry-standard business software. Adobe Acrobat Pro allows you to create fillable PDFs and collect electronic signatures so you can save time and cut costs by taking paper out of your document management workflow.
Learn more about the differences between Acrobat Sign vs. DocuSign.