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How do I go about adding an electronic signature to PDF?

There are multiple ways to add an electronic signature to a PDF. If you prefer a traditional way, you can print a document that needs to be signed and write your name solidly on it. Then, you can scan it and send it back to the sender. However, it’s more reasonable to turn to other third-party tools if you don’t have a printer or scanner. For instance, you can use an image editing program or a built-in signature tool (like the Markup tool on iOS), provided that your platform has one.

Alternatively, your better option is to create an electronic signature with signNow, our award-winning eSignature solution. To sign a document with signNow:
  1. Create your account.
  2. Upload a PDF document to the editor.
  3. Drag and drop the My Signature field from the left toolbar.
  4. Place it anywhere on the document.
  5. Choose how you would like to create your signature and save the changes.
  6. Download or send the document to the recipient.

signNow makes it easy to create and add an eSignature online from wherever you are.

What do I need to watch out for when choosing between eSignature solutions?

When deciding on an eSignature solution, you need to consider various legal and security factors. First, your solution needs to adhere to the major electronic signature laws of ESIGN, UETA, and eIDAS. These laws ensure that eSignatures can serve as a legal replacement for wet-ink ones and can be used for personal and business transactions. Plus, you need to make sure that your eSignature tool is capable of protecting your data as you fill out and sign the document. For instance, reliable eSignature solutions adopt SOC 2 Type II and PCI DSS certification to secure data you post online and keep your payment details from prying eyes. In addition to these certifications, there’s also a list of regulations accepted in the USA and worldwide (such as FERPA, CCPA, HIPAA, and GDPR) that protect sensitive data, like medical or student records. Compliance with these regulations is another factor that should decide the right solution for you. Finally, some solutions can provide additional features for securing your data online and preserving its integrity. They are two-factor identification, audit trail, and enhanced encryption.

Can I create an eSignature on my phone?

If your job duties involve commuting or you don’t always have immediate access to the Internet, signNow is ready to help. All you need to do is install the signNow app, upload a document, and add an eSignature by drawing it on the screen. The entire process only takes a few minutes. Don’t feel like downloading the app? No problem, you can access signNow in your mobile browser. The signNow mobile app is available for both Android and iOS users. The signNow functionality and UI are almost identical across all web and mobile platforms. Plus, signNow is cloud-based so you won’t have any issues switching between devices and re-accessing documents. One of the most distinctive mobile app features is offline signing. You can create signatures and fill out documents offline and sync the changes as you reconnect to the Internet. The signNow mobile app comes with Kiosk Mode that allows signatures to be collected in person.

How do I add a signature block to a PDF for others to sign?

Requesting signatures from other parties is easy with signNow. It allows you to create eSignatures yourself, collect them from others, and even build entire eSignature workflows.

Start by creating an account with signNow. If you have one, log in using your credentials. Upload your PDF file to the editor. You can also upload files in other popular formats like DOCX or JPEG and the system will automatically convert it to PDF when you download it. On the left, find the Add Fields for Recipients toolbar and click on or drag and drop the Signature Field onto your document. On the right of the editor, additional settings will show up. By using these settings, you can make the signature field required.

With signNow, you can set conditions for the document to be filled out if you need to request signatures from multiple Signers. For example, you can enable Signer 2 to certify the PDF only after Signer 1 does it by configuring condition settings. Once completed, click Invite to Sign in the top-right corner. Set the signing order, if applicable, create a custom message, set up additional authentication for security reasons, and create reminders to sign the document if needed. Your eSignature request is ready to go!

Click the Send Invite button to finalize the process.
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