Although laws can vary by state and industry, it is commonly acceptable to type your signature in an electronic document.
The following are some guidelines:
- A signature obtained from an applicant via technology where a password was used to establish who attached the signature. Section 9 clarifies that the effect of a record or signature on the person to whom it is attributed is determined from the context and surrounding circumstances at the time of the creation, execution or adoption of the record. E-Sign does not address attribution.
- The applicant’s electronic signature is linked or logically associated with the record. In the paper world, it is assumed that the symbol adopted by a party is attached to or located somewhere in the same paper that is intended to be authenticated, e.g., an allonge firmly attached to a promissory note, or the classic signature at the end of a long contract. These tangible manifestations do not exist in the electronic environment, and accordingly, this definition expressly provides that the symbol must in some way be linked to, or connected with, the electronic record being signed. This linkage is consistent with the regulations promulgated by the Food and Drug Administration. 21 CFR Part 11 (March 20, 1997).
- The Scope of this Act is inherently limited by the fact that it only applies to transactions related to business, commercial (including consumer) and governmental matters. Consequently, transactions with no relation to business, commercial or governmental transactions would not be subject to this Act. Unilaterally generated electronic records and signatures which are not part of a transaction also are not covered by this Act. Employment Applications are not legal binding contracts. Offer letters and other new hire forms that are sign electronically are also not legally binding whether they have a wet signature or electronic signature. If a company is concerned about legality, they can print any and all of these forms and obtain a wet signature from the applicant.
- The electronic record, signed electronically by the applicant is capable of being retained by the company and the applicant.
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