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Quick Tip – Wet Signatures

DocuSign focuses on keeping the entire transaction digital. From document and template creation, to the signing process, and onto routing and distribution, DocuSign is capable of keeping the entire transaction in the cloud. There are, however, rare occasions when a wet signature is necessary.  Either a client is behind the times and insists on signing with pen and paper, or there is some obscure legal technicality that requires a pen and paper signature. Whatever the reason, DocuSign is able to accommodate.

When signing a document, the signer is presented with a “Request for Signature.” This feature helps make DocuSign compliant with the federal ESIGN act which mandates that signers must opt-in to signing electronically. If the signer chooses not to sign electronically, they can click the print button and fill out and sign the document manually.

During the signing ceremony, signers can print and sign the document manually at any time. The signer can even fill out all the required fields in DocuSign except for the signature and complete only that with pen and paper.

If the signer chooses to print out and sign the document, they can scan and upload the document back into DocuSign and keep business digital.

If the document is signed electronically, the signer has two options for saving the document. They can create a free DocuSign account to store the document, or the signer can print the document if they require a hard copy.

DocuSign is committed to allowing anyone to sign anytime, anywhere, on any device, even if it means printing a hard copy. Happy DocuSigning!



  1. Not clear from the above whether when printed and scanned a new document is created in Docusign or the final completed document just has a blank for signature . Looks an interesting option but explanation could be clearer

  2. Could there be a way using the docuSign system to mark a document with an Arrow or a comment on a form that must be wet signed, so the borrower can clearly see action they need to take on the form. With eSIgn the signature or initials take the borrower directly to the signature spot. Wet signatures that are sent without ability to put a Sticky note on seem to get missed or incorrectly completed by the borrower. Does docuSign offer a solution for this on wet sign forms sent through the docusign system?


  3. Why won’t the clients’ email addresses “stick” when you fill in as you prepare to prep the document for signing. You actually have to go back before the final step to put their addresses in. It breaks the flow of preparation. What am I doing wrong?

    • Hi BJ,

      Thanks for the question. We recommend reaching out to the DocuSign Community Hub — it’s a great resource for connecting with other customers and DocuSign employees. They should be able to answer your question! https://support.docusign.com/en/community

      If you’d prefer support by phone we encourage you to reach out to our support team at 888-600-4146.
      Thanks again for commenting and please let us know if there’s anything else we can assist with.

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