Learn the legal requirements for electronic signatures
Electronic signatures, when combined with an audit trail, tamper-sealing, strong authentication and world-class security, are more enforceable than "wet" signatures because of the court-admissible evidence they contain.
For an electronic signature to be legal, however, it must conform to all requirements in the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce (ESIGN) Act and the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA).
The four requirements for eSignatures to be legal:
- Intent to sign: Online signatures are only legitimate if each signer purposely signed the document.
- Parties give consent to do business electronically: Before a document is electronically signed, parties must agree to do business electronically. They must receive a UETA Consumer Consent Disclosure and agree to use electronic records for the transaction.
- Association of signature with record: The system used to complete the transaction must keep a record of the process.
- Record retention: eSignatures need to be retained and reproduced.
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