Are electronic signatures legal? Absolutely.

Adobe Sign is the world’s most trusted e-sign solution. We support the broadest range of legal requirements to give you the ultimate in compliance. And we’re here to help you every step of the way. 
Are electronic signatures legal?

E-signatures have gone global.

Electronic signatures are legal, trusted, and enforceable in industrialized countries around the world. Laws can vary, but Adobe Sign makes compliance simple.
  • United States

    United States

    Electronic signatures have the same legal status as handwritten signatures throughout the United States, thanks to the ESIGN Act and the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA).  
  • European Union

    European Union

    The Electronic Identification and Trust Services Regulation (eIDAS) makes any type of e-signature legal and enforceable. But only certain types get the same status as handwritten signatures.  
  • All other countries

    All other countries

    When rolling out e-signatures in one country or many, get familiar with local laws. We make it simple to learn about legal standards on a country-by-country basis.

Three keys for keeping it legal.

Signature laws can vary from country to country, yet most share the same basic principles. Adobe Sign is uniquely designed to make sure your organization meets e-sign requirements wherever you do business — and complies with your internal policies, as well.
Signer authentication.
With Adobe Sign, you can prove signers’ identities by choosing the best signature option for your needs.
Standard e-signature requests are emailed to a person’s address and contain a unique link to the document. The process is tracked securely and recorded in an audit trail.
Enhanced e-signatures prompt the signer to verify their identity, before a document can be opened, using a password, social ID, phone PIN, or other method of authentication.
Advanced e-signatures (also known as ‘digital signatures') use a certificate-based digital ID and PIN for signing. Digital IDs are typically issued by Trust Service Providers (TSPs). 
Qualified e-signatures use a digital ID issued by any accredited TSP in Europe and work with secure signature creation devices, such as smart cards, USB tokens, or mobile one-time passcodes.
Intent and consent.
Intent and consent.
Adobe Sign helps you document intent and consent. so you can prove that the signer intended to sign, and consented to do business electronically. 
Show intent by having signers add a signature and/or click to accept the agreement.
Show consent by having signers accept a standard or customized agreement while signing or before opening your document.
Let signers opt-out of e-signing with an option to sign by hand.
Final proof.
Final proof. 
Finally, Adobe Sign provides clear evidence for each transaction so you can prove what document was signed and who signed it.
Copies of executed documents are automatically sent to all parties and certified by Adobe with a tamper-evident seal.
The final document is stored securely in Adobe Document Cloud or sent to the repository of your choice.
If digital IDs are used, the signatures are encrypted within the document.
Every step, including signer authentication, is logged and captured in a secured audit trail.
Final proof.

Our e-signatures are backed by our legal experts.

It is rare to have e-signatures challenged in court. But if it should ever happen to your organization, Adobe is here for you. From explaining our solution to providing sworn affidavits or showing up for a person most knowledgeable (PMK) deposition — Adobe will provide assistance to defend the legality of our e-signature solution if it was used properly and as intended.

What else do you need to know?

  • Trust Center.

    Trust Center.

    For security, compliance, availability.
  • Simply powerful.

    Simply powerful.

    See how easy it is to get things signed.
  • The definitive guide.

    The definitive guide.

    Read Electronic Signatures in Law.

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