How to add an electronic signature to a PDF


Add an electronic signature to PDF

Electronic signature PDF: how to add an electronic signature to a pdf online  

A PDF file is an extremely popular document format with a number of advantages allowing you to send files in different formats. What’s more, as it is not editable, the possibility of fraud is less; because it is relatively light, emailing is easy.

No matter what document, PDF contract, or agreement needs a signature, it's really easy to add an electronic signature to a PDF without leaving the application. If you plan to send PDFs to your customers for signature, they don’t need to create a DocuSign account, the recipient of an envelope simply needs to open the email, click on the link provided to the document—and sign. 

Is adding an electronic signature to a PDF online secure?  

Yes, it is safe and secure to add an electronic signature to a PDF. With an electronic signature, the PDF receives encrypted data that can only be correctly read by the recipients who have the proper authorisation. There is also a clear audit trail so information can be consulted later, if necessary.

Legality guide to eSignature


Create an electronic signature in DocuSign 

To sign a PDF, you first need to create an electronic signature in your DocuSign account. If you don’t already have a DocuSign account, feel free to sign up to a free trial. When it comes to signing, you’ve got options here – you can either:

  • Choose one from the DocuSign gallery
  • Create one with your mouse or a touch screen device
  • Upload your handwritten signature

Your electronic signature doesn’t have to look exactly the same as your ‘wet-ink’ signature, any symbol or squiggle will stand up in a court of law as representing your intent to sign.

How to electronically sign a PDF online that you’re sending 

After you create your electronic signature, you can sign and send your document in minutes:

Step 1. Go to your DocuSign account or sign up for a free trial 

Step 2. Upload the PDF that requires an online signature

Step 3. Drag and drop the signature field to the right location on the PDF file

Step 4. Sign, click finish, and send your completed document with a digital signature

How to electronically sign a PDF online that you receive  

If you receive a PDF, follow these steps to sign the PDF document online:

Step 1. Sign up for a free trial at DocuSign, and then log in

Step 2. Select new, then click sign a document, and then upload the PDF you need to sign

Step 3. Select sign, and then drag your electronic signature from the left pane into the PDF

Step 4. Send the document 

Why add an electronic signature from DocuSign? 

DocuSign makes it easy to digitally sign PDFs while preserving the document’s security. Signing with DocuSign eSignature is faster, safer and more accessible than using traditional signatures created with a pen on paper.  Electronic signatures are legally binding in the UK and most countries around the world with the Law Commission for England and Wales formally ruling that “Electronic signatures can be used to sign formal legal contracts under English law”. 

It really is that simple. No more printing, scanning, mailing and waiting for documents to be sent back and forth. Just navigate smoothly with electronically signed PDFs. Register free online for a 30-day free trial of DocuSign eSignature and try it for yourself. 


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