Are Electronic Signatures Legal?
Yes, electronic signatures are legally binding for nearly every business or personal transaction in the United States and around the world.
Not all eSignature solutions are created equal. DocuSign warrants that its eSignature solution complies with the definition of an electronic signature under ESIGN.
United Kingdom (UK)
In the UK, the equivalent legislation to the ESIGN Act in the USA was also established in 2000, known as the UK Electronic Communication Act. DocuSign warrants its eSignature solution complies with the definition of an electronic signature under this act.
In 2014, the European Parliament repealed the eSignature Directive (1999/93/EC) with the goal of creating a more uniform, pan-EU market for electronic transactions. It was replaced with EU Regulation No 910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market, also known as eIDAS.
Electronic signatures are actively in use in Europe, and DocuSign eSignatures are compliant with eIDAS and EU eSignature technical standards.
Rest of the World
Most countries in the world have adopted an electronic signature law, and DocuSign’s form of electronic signature meets the definition of a valid electronic signature under the vast majority of those laws.