How do I create an electronic signature?

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How do I create an electronic signature?

You can create your electronic signature in a few different ways. Each signature takes only a few clicks or swipes and will be stored in your HelloSign account for future signing. Here are your options:

  • Draw your signature using your finger or a stylus. If you have access to a touchscreen, you can use your finger to create a handwritten signature directly in your document. This is particularly helpful for when you’re signing on a mobile device or tablet!
  • Upload an image of your signature. Use your phone or camera to take a picture of your paper signature. Once it’s uploaded into your HelloSign account, it will be turned into a .png file that overlays neatly over the signature line in your document.
  • Use your cursor to draw your signature. Using your mouse or your touchpad, you can drag your cursor along the signature line to create a unique electronic signature.
  • Use your keyboard to type in your signature. This is the easiest way to create your electronic signature. Once you’ve typed in your name, you can select a font that best matches your paper signature.

Easy as that! Sign up for a free HelloSign account receive three free electronic signatures per month. Essentials plans and above unlock unlimited documents, templates, and much more!

Is an electronic signature as legal as a paper signature?

Yes! Electronic signatures are federally protected by the ESIGN Act of 2000. They’re also protected on a statewide basis by the UETA Act. Internationally, eSignatures are protected by various acts and legislations. We have customers using HelloSign in Australia, the EU, and more!

Is it secure to use electronic signatures to sign documents?

Yep! It’s absolutely secureto esign documents as long as you’re working with a verified and secure eSignature provider. HelloSign offers bank-level security to ensure that your information and documents remain protected. This includes:

  • Hosting in a state-of-the-art SAS70 Type II, SSAE 16 facility that has achieved ISO 27001 certification.
  • A connection that’s encrypted using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). That’s the same level of security at most leading banks!
  • Documents are stored and encrypted at rest using AES - 256 bit encryption.

Do I have to electronically sign documents in my HelloSign account?

HelloSign integrates with several other companies to make it as easy as possible to sign in whatever app you’re using. Our integration partners include:

You may be directed to our site to complete the signature, but you can initiate signature requests directly in the integrated apps.

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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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Illustration depicting someone signing a document electronically on a tablet with a stylus

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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