About electronic signatures for government forms.
Learn how to simplify signing government forms by using electronic signatures to add your legal signature with the click of a button.
Electronic signatures are just what they sound like: signatures that you sign electronically from your computer or mobile device. You can use them to authorize anything from invoices and purchases to contracts and even government forms.
Are electronic signatures legally binding?
Government forms require your legal signature. Since you’re providing a government signature with the click of a button instead of an ink pen, is it still legally binding? The answer is yes.
The E-Sign Law of 2000 made electronic signatures as legally enforceable as physical signatures. So, if you’re looking for a simpler way to authorize government forms, an electronic signature is a viable way to sign documents from any device.
Types of electronic government signatures.
The E-Sign Law doesn’t specify what qualifies as an electronic signature. It just has to be something that’s unique to the user. These are some of the accepted types of electronic government signatures:
- Typed-out name
- Unique password or PIN
- A symbol, sound, or voiceprint
- Digitized handwritten signature
- Electronic digital signature using encryption technology
Some electronic signatures are safer than others. For example, an encrypted digital signature is much more secure than your full name typed out in a curly font. Depending on what the government form is used for, you might want to opt for a more high-security e-signature method.
How to use an electronic signature.
The most common way to use an electronic signature is with software like Acrobat Sign. E-signature software makes it easy to create a profile and add your legal signature with the click of a button from any device.
Discover more about what you can do with Sign to legally authorize and validate government forms.