What is a wet signature?

What is a wet signature, and can I convert it into an electronic signature?

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What is a wet signature?

A wet signature is the written mark made by a person on a document using a hand writing tool such as a pen. It can be as simple as an X or as elaborate as a symbol. However most people tend to opt for a written illustration of their name.

Signatures are an important representation of an individual, because its design and application is unique to the individual. When an individual applies their signature to a document it symbolises more than just a name; it is a legally binding representation of their value and commitment to act in accordance with the content of the document. This is why if you create a handwritten signature with E-Sign, you can digitise your original signature into an authentic and digitally secure method of signing for important documents.

Find out more with our blog post “Do you know the value of your signature?

Electronic signature vs handwritten

A wet signature is signed by a person physically marking a document with writing tool whereas an electronic signature is signed in a digital method on a digitally transmitted document.

Both are legal representations of a persons intent to act in accordance with the content of the document, however an electronic signature captures so much more.

Unlike a wet signature, which is generally the same mark on every document, an E-Sign electronic signature is 100% unique to every document, capturing the following to establish the signers identity:

  • Email address
  • IP address
  • Location
  • Time and Date stamp
  • Web browser and system information
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Benefits of an electronic signature

With E-Sign you get more than just an electronic signature. You get a secure infrastructure with which you can send, sign and manage all of your important documents.

E-Sign provides the following within its electronic signature to ensure every document that is sent is secure and legally admissible. See full overview of E-Signs key features:

  • Digital certificate authenticating all data and document interaction
  • Time and date stamping
  • Detailed document audit trail from inception to completion
  • Document integrity maintained and checked throughout the signature process
  • Secure storage of documents and data
  • Identification of users verified
  • Unique digital fingerprint created for every signed document
  • Unique signature fingerprint created for signatory

Find out more on the legality of electronic signatures today.

Create a handwritten signature in E-Sign?

At E-Sign we know people want to keep their original signature they have used time and time again, so we have provided the facility for you to convert it into a free electronic signature whilst maintaining your artistic flair. To create a handwritten signature in E-Sign couldn't be easier, just check out the personalising your signature video and see for yourself.

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