Are eSignatures legal?

Short answer: YES!
For the long answer, keep reading.
“[A contract or signature] may not be denied legal effect, validity, or enforceability solely because it is in electronic form”
ESIGN Act – USA, June 30, 2000
The Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN) is an American law that authorizes the use of electronic records and electronic signatures.
This is a single example of legislation that avails the use and legal effect of electronic signatures for business, across the world.
Each country has its own laws regarding eSignatures but most of them consider electronic signatures and records as legally valid as “wet ink” signatures on paper.
Signaturely complies with all international laws and guidelines that govern electronic signatures.

Are eSignatures legal in my country?

Holds in court? No
Can it be used for Business? No
An eSignature provides the same legal standing as a handwritten
signature as long as it adheres to the requirements of the specific
regulation it was created under.

United States

Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA) – Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act

Canada

Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)

United Kingdom

The Electronic Identification Regulation (EU/910/2014) (2014)

China

Electronic Signature Law of the People’s Republic of China

India

Information Technology Act, 2000

Germany

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

France

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

Spain

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

Italy

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

Russian Federation

Federal Law of Russian Federation about Electronic Signature (06.04.2011)

Japan

Law Concerning Electronic Signatures and Certification Services, 2000

South Korea

Digital Signature Act

Turkey

Electronic Signature Law

Switzerland

Federal Law on Certification Services Concerning the Electronic Signature, 2003

Brazil

Medida provisória: 2.200-2

Argentina

Ley: Nº 25.506 (B.O. 14/12/2001).
Decreto: Nº 2628/02 (B.O. 20/12/2002). N° 724/06 (B.O. 13/06/06).
Decisión Administrativa: N° 927/14 (B.O. 03/11/14).

Bermuda

Electronic Transactions: Act 1999
Certification Service Providers
(Relevant Criteria and Security Guidelines) Regulations 2002

Colombia

Ley: 27 de 1999.
Decreto: 2364 de 2012. Decree 333 of 2014

Austria

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

Belgium

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

Bulgaria

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

Croatia

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

Czechia

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

Denmark

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

México

Law of Electronic Signatures (LFEA), 2012

Estonia

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

Finland

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

Hungary

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

Ireland

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

Greece

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

Latvia

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

Lithuania

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

Luxembourg

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

Malta

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

Netherlands

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

Poland

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

Portugal

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

Romania

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

Slovakia

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

Slovenia

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

Uruguay

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

Sweden

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

Iceland

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

Liechtenstein

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

Norway

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services)

Ghana

The Electronic Transactions Act of Ghana, Act 772 of 2008

Guatemala

Ley: Para el Reconocimiento de las Comunicaciones y Firmas Electrónicas.

Indonesia

Pasal 12 Undang-undang No.11 Tahun 2008 Informasi dan Transaksi Elektronik

Malaysia

Digital Signature Act (Act 562), 1997 – Digital Signature Regulations (P.U.(A) 359), 1998

United Nations

UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Signatures (2001)

Moldova

Lege cu privire la documentul electronic şi semnătura digitală, 15 July 2004

New Zealand

Electronic Transactions Act 2002, sections 22-24

Peru

Ley: Nº 27269. Ley de Firmas y Certificados Digitales (28MAY2000)

Philippines

Electronic Commerce Act of 2000

Singapore

Electronic Transactions Act

South Africa

Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, 2002

Ukraine

Law On Electronic Trust Services, 2017
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Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions around
eSignatures

Yes, they are. eSignatures are legally binding virtually everywhere in the world and across different industries. They hold up in court and can be used as evidence. Each eSignature records digital stamps (like an IP address) that make it easy to track back to each signee.
Learn more about eSignatures here.
Yes. As stated in the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN – USA), a contract or signature “may not be denied legal effect, validity, or enforceability solely because it is in electronic form”. eSignatures are widely accepted across industries and uses. Find templates for your business here.
Yes, you can sign on a PDF. Signaturely also supports PNG and JPG files, and Word documents. You can integrate with Google Drive, Dropbox, Box and OneDrive to upload your documents.
It is exactly the same. The only difference is you can sign remotely from anywhere in the world since you don’t need to print documents to sign them. When signing, Signaturely will ask you to enter your signature by drawing it, typing your name or uploading a photo.
Absolutely. Signaturely saves digital imprints for every interaction you and other signees have with your documents. This makes documents easy to track and recover at any point, just by signing to your account, instead of archiving stacks of paper files. eSigned documents have been confidently used as evidence in court for years.
No need. You can save, track and come back to your documents in your Signaturely dashboard. Digital records are as valid as paper records for audits, legal processes and compliance issues.
Dealing with clients or partners who distrust eSignatures is an opportunity for growth. We recommend pointing them to the relevant eSign legislation where they do business. Once people realize how much time and money they save with eSignatures, they’ll be grateful you took the time to educate them.
eSignatures make the signing process easier and faster for most cases. However, when it comes to documents that need an extra layer of identification, notarization, or one or more witnesses, eSignatures might not be sufficient. Documents with a greater risk of fraud due to a false or forged signature include:
  • Wills
  • Sworn declarations
  • Powers of attorney
  • Major financial transactions that require a notarized document

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