What is an Electronic Signature?

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What is an Electronic Signature?

An eSignature (electronic signature) lets people esign documents online, instead of using pen and paper. eSignature is widely recognized as legally binding in the European Union, the UK, the United States, Canada, and many other areas of the world.


HelloSign provides an easy-to-use solution for companies to send documents for esignatures online, track the progress of requests, and get documents signed directly from their device in a safer and faster way than pen and paper. It is trusted by millions of users and is recognized as a leading electronic signature tool and solution by analyst firms.

The reasons to switch to electronic signatures are compelling…

Being able to do electronic signatures is great for improving workflows. You can eliminate the need to print, sign and then scan the document. Electronic signatures streamline the process for completing paperwork and reduces productivity waste.

Some of the other ways electronic signatures are beneficial include:

  • Faster turnaround time for completed documents and contracts
  • Better security and document tracking
  • Lowering your costs
  • Eliminating paper waste

Create an electronic signatures with HelloSign

An electronic signature, often referred to as an e-signature, is a person's electronic expression of his or her agreement to the terms of a particular document. They are used on every sort of document you can imagine, from NDAs, sales contracts and invoices through to timesheets, employee onboarding paperwork, leases, tax forms and so much more in between. Federally protected by the ESIGN Act of 2000, electronic signatures are as legal as their paper equivalent.

Find out how to create an electronic signature here


Getting started with electronic signatures is quick, easy and free with HelloSign

Signing a document using HelloSign only takes a few minutes. Here are the steps to eSigning your first document:

  1. Create a Hellosign account.
  2. Choose who needs to sign (“Just me”, “Me & Others”, or “Just Others”).
  3. Upload your document.
  4. Sign or add signature fields.
  5. Send off your document to the intended recipient.

It really is as simple as that…and what’s more, it’s free! Get some time back in your day, sign up and start signing today.


Electronic Signature FAQs

How do I create an electronic signature?


An electronic signature can be created in a number of different ways. For example, it is possible to create an e-signature by drawing it manually using a cursor, finger or stylus. Alternatively, an image of an existing paper signature can be uploaded, turned into a .png file and overlaid onto the signature line of a document. And lastly, an electronic signature can be created by typing it with a keyboard and applying a font that best matches your own style.

Are electronic signatures legal?

Electronic signatures are as legal as a paper signature. They are federally protected in the United States by the ESIGN Act 2000, as well as being protected by various acts and legislations internationally. HelloSign has customers across the world using electronic signatures for documents that require being bound by legality and authenticity, across Europe, Asia and beyond.


Are electronic signatures free?

HelloSign allows you to open a free account, where you'll get three free electronic signatures per month. Any Pro plan or above allows unlimited documents. Click here to sign up.

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Seamless integrations & functionality

Our user-friendly design makes it simple for anyone to start using HelloSign. It integrates with all your favorite applications – like Box and Evernote – making it easy to sign documents electronically, in whatever application you're using. Here are just some of the many benefits that come along with using HelloSign to sign documents online:
Faster document turnaround time
You can send a document to an office half-way round the world and have it signed and returned in just a few minutes.
Better team communication
Status notifications make it easy for you to keep track of who's signed a document at any given time and also alerts you to who still needs to sign.
Easy signing on the go
HelloSign for mobile makes it simple to sign documents when you're away from the office or on the go.
Bolstered document security
Enable time-stamped audit trails, passcode permissions, and more.
Automated file storage
Never worry about tracking down a signed copy of a document ever again. A copy is automatically stored in your HelloSign account.
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How to make a PDF signable

When you sign up for a free trial you’ll immediately be able to move documents from one party to another for electronic PDF signatures, in seconds. Finalize agreements, obtain approvals and complete applications with a matter of clicks. You can even begin the process of onboarding new hires, without spending anything. The first three documents of each month are free and you’ll get unlimited documents when you sign up for any Essentials plan or above.
1. Create a free HelloSign account
2. Upload your PDF
3. Format the PDF with a signature field
4. Insert your eSignature
5. Send and store the document
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How to make a PDF signable

When you sign up for a free trial you’ll immediately be able to move documents from one party to another for electronic PDF signatures, in seconds. Finalize agreements, obtain approvals and complete applications with a matter of clicks. You can even begin the process of onboarding new hires, without spending anything. The first three documents of each month are free and you’ll get unlimited documents when you sign up for any Essentials plan or above.
1. Create a free HelloSign account
2. Upload your PDF
3. Format the PDF with a signature field
4. Insert your eSignature
5. Send and store the document
Sign up for a free trial
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Frequently asked questions

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