Does your signature have to be your name?

There are some important things to know about your signature. Does it have to be your full name, or can it be something else?

Does your signature really have to be your actual name, or can it be something else entirely? If you need a legal opinion, you should consult an attorney, but, generally speaking, your signature can be whatever you want it to be. However, there are some important things to consider.

Because your signature identifies you, it should be consistent. It doesn't have to be your full name — unless you're specifically trying to match a previous authorized signature. You can choose to use just your initials instead, as one example. However, if you’re signing a contract, it may ask for your signature in one place and then for your initials as an acknowledgment on additional pages. In this situation, you’ll need to use a more conventional signature that can be distinguished from your initials.

How to create your online signature.

Whether your online signature is your name, your initials, or something else, you can add it to digital documents using an e-sign tool — no more printing, signing, and mailing signed paper back to the sender. Just use your electronic signature to keep work moving along.

Follow these simple steps to create an electronic signature and add it to an e-sign document:

  1. In the email you received from the sender of the e-sign document, click the link labeled Click here to review and sign.
  2. In the document that needs your signature, click on the prompt Click here to sign.
  3. A pop-up window will open so you can create your electronic signature in the signature field.
  4. You can type your name, sign with the computer's mouse, upload an image of your signature, or use your finger or stylus if you have a touchscreen device.
  5. Click Apply to add your signature to the document.
  6. Select Click to Sign at the bottom to complete your e-signature.

Since electronic signatures are as valid as pen and paper, why not make your life easier and create a digital signature to use everywhere you need to sign? Find out more about everything that’s possible with Adobe Acrobat Sign today.