eSignature is a way to securely sign documents electronically instead of by hand. Each electronic signature created via eSignature is linked to cryptographic data which proves that the document was signed by you and not someone else in your place.
Documents signed using eSignature provide legal certainty to the recipient that the identity of the signatory has been established by a certified Trust Service Provider. When signing a PDF document using eSignature, a certificate is embedded in the document that the recipient can use to verify that the document was signed by you.
eSignature Advanced vs Qualified
It is possible to register for two different types of eSignature account with Digidentity: eSignature Advanced, and eSignature Qualified. Both types of eSignature account will give you the ability to place certified electronic signatures on documents, however eSignature Qualified contains a number of extra checks which affect how the signature is treated in the case of a legal dispute.
Should the validity of a signature be disputed for any reason, using eSignature Qualified, the party who lodges the dispute will have burden of proof to show that the signature is not valid. Using eSignature Advanced, the burden of proof lies instead with you as the signatory.
eSignature vs eSignature+
As well as the two types of eSignature account listed above, it's also possible to register for two different subscription levels: eSignature and eSignature+.
- eSignature: Limit of 5 electronic signatures
eSignature+: Unlimited signatures, plus access to the Self Service Portal (SSP) where company admins can manage access for employees
Registering for eSignature
To get started, please see: How do I sign up for eSignature with Digidentity?