Digital signature software is a tool that provides digital version of a person’s personal written signature. This can be used to sign, send, and track important documents when obtaining a physical document is impossible or inconvenient. Digital signature providers route documents to everybody required to sign, and then either maintain the executed copy on a platform/dashboard, or integrate with a file sharing service.

In most countries, electronic signatures are enforceable for some contracts and other official documents. However, it is important to note that there are some instances in which electronic signatures cannot be used, such as court documents, last will and testaments, adoption or divorce papers, and matters of family law. Repossession, foreclosure, eviction, and product recall notices must also be signed physically. This is important to consider if thinking about incorporating digital signatures into a business in which these exempt documents are used regularly.

In an office setting, however, usage of electronic signatures can increase efficiency across different departments, while still verifying a document’s authenticity. When shopping for a digital signature service, decide if you’d rather have the software be cloud-based or PC-based. Another thing to think about is whether you only need a basic signature software, or could use additional sharing and tracking services. It’s essential to make sure that the company incorporates various security measures and storage options, as well as different types of signatures.

Finally, consider the cost. Though there is free, online digital signature software, the security and verification protocols are not as stringent. If the digital signature is going to be used for business purposes, it’s best to use either a pay-per-document service, or regular fee software. This will guarantee the secure transfer of information, and strengthen legal and compliance processes.


Top 10 Companies

#1
9.2 / 10
  • Audit trail
  • Workflow management
  • Track, monitor documents
  • Secure (API key)
  • Salesforce, Microsoft CRM, Sugar CRM, Netsuite integration
#2
Our Partner
8.7 / 10
  • Starts at $10 per month (individual plan)
  • 30 day free trial
  • Send, sign, store documents
  • Mobile device access
  • Salesforce, Netsuite, Microsoft Office
#3
8.5 / 10
  • Starts at $15 per month
  • 30 day free trial
  • Signatures for any document type
  • Multi-language support
  • Easy scalability
  • On premises and SAAS
#4
8.4 / 10
  • Starting at $20 per month (professional)
  • 30 day free trial
  • Saas or on-premises deployment
  • Customizable GUI
  • Automated document signing capability
  • Sign on any device
  • Advance workflow
#5
7.2 / 10
  • Starting at $30 per month (Individual to small business)
  • Easy to integrate
  • UETA compliant verbal agreements
  • Customization and branding
  • Unlimited users, accounts, features (on-premise or private cloud implementation plan)
  • Per seat/ user 
#6
7.1 / 10
  • Starts at $15 per month
  • Track and management features
  • Pre-built CRM integrations
  • Payment gateway support
  • Mobile devices
  • Audit trails
#7
6.3 / 10
  • Starts at $6.99
  • Free version available
  • Audit trails
  • Verify senders
  • Send large files
  • Time stamping
  • Multi-party signatures
#8
5.5 / 10
  • Cloud based
  • Excellent security features
  • On-premise offered
  • Multi users
  • Workflows
  • Flexible licensing models
#9
5.0 / 10
  • Integrate with existing systems
  • Multi-signing
  • Workflow management
  • Works with paper-based parties
#10
4.2 / 10
  • Starts at $8.33 per month
  • Free services available (e-Sign Online)
  • One time license fees
  • Sign with wet electronic signatures
  • Sync and backup data
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How We Compare Digital Signature

Features

30%

Your digital signature service should be robust enough to meet all your organization’s security and document processing needs. It should contain a variety of digital signing solutions, document management and sending options.

Custom signing features

  • Digital Certificate (PKI) Signature
  • Electronic Signature Pad Capture
  • Handwritten Mouse Signature
  • Standard Scripted (Typed) Signature
  • Company logo

Document sending

  • Bulk emails
  • Document previews
  • Multiple signers
  • Office documents (PDF, excel, word)
  • Email branding

Document management

  • Administrator privileges
  • Multiple users
  • Workflow management

Reporting Features

  • Document signing alerts
  • Document viewing alerts
  • Downloadable reports
  • Expiration notifications

Security

25%

Does your electronic signature comply with industry accepted security standards? Ensure each document’s authenticity by selecting a digital signature provider that offers excellent encryption and industry-compliant signature services.

  • Secure storage
  • ESIGN Act compliant
  • Signature certificate
  • Biometric Signature
  • SSL Data encryption
  • UETA compliant

Ease of Use

20%

The entire process should be simple for each person in your office to understand. Signing and verifying the electronic document should not take more than a few seconds. This should be seamless and easy for any member in your organization even for those with little or no experience signing documents electronically.


Pricing

15%

There are several factors to consider when comparing digital signature services. Does it allow multiple signers or do you have to obtain several licenses for multiple users. Get a better picture of how this solution really cost by first understanding how many people in your organization requires this service.


Platform

10%

Different office setups require flexibility in implementing your digital signature solution. It must be able to meet your organization’s document handling setup. Its ability to cater to a variety of office platforms reduces cost for investing in additional software.

  • Online
  • Mobile devices
  • iOS
  • Android
  • API integration


Customer Questions & Answers

What is a Digital Signature?

A Digital Signature is a fast, secure, and convenient way to sign an electronic document without having to print, sign and scan.

Digital Signatures help verify the authenticity of a signature, as well as protect the integrity of the documents being signed. Meaning that once a digital signature has been added to the electronic document, any alterations made afterwards will automatically void the digital signature and a new one will be required.

Can digital signatures be used to verify the identity of the person signing?

Just like with traditional handwritten signature, a digital signature may not mean the signer is who they say they are. The most basic digital signature programs really only confirm the link between the account holder and the digital signature on the document. However, depending on the software program you select, identity confirmation may be available.

Does a digital signature show up as your actual handwritten signature?

This depends on the digital signature program you select. Some programs will simply add your signature as text, while others use a copy of your signature. Either way, the digital signature appears with a seal which the recipient can view to confirm the identification of the signer(s).