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National ESIGN Day

What is National ESIGN Day? 

The Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, often known as the “Millennium Digital Commerce Act” or the “E-SIGN bill,” was signed into law 22 years ago by President Bill Clinton on June 30, 2000. 

On National ESIGN Day, they reminded Congress that anything could be accomplished electronically, even during a brutal economic downturn. In most cases, a digital signature is deemed as valid and legal as a print signature, and eSign continues to be widely accepted by US banking. While the most prevalent approach to eSign has been from an individual perspective, with each person signing their documents, the success of this method has led to the development of eSign for corporate document validation. 

The ESIGN Act, which supplements any state-created legislation, equalizes electronic and digital signatures with traditional paper – or wet signatures. According to the law, the legal effect of a signature cannot be disputed because it is in electronic form. 

National ESIGN Day

ESIGN Act in the 22nd Century 

The ESIGN Act laid the groundwork for today’s digital environment, assuring that online documents are valid and lawful. As a result, people nowadays utilize electronic signatures to legally sign documents in every state, making it difficult to picture a corporate environment without them. 

The Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN ACT), in conjunction with the Uniform Electronic Transaction Act (UETA), establishes requirements for electronic signature vendors who securely store E-Signatures, allowing businesses to sign documents online with additional security. This means that most real estate, legal, insurance firms, HR departments, and small business owners may have clients sign invoices for more significant transactions, authorize payments, and sign various contracts without meeting the other parties in person. 

Facts about National ESIGN Day 

1. President Clinton “e-signed” the bill into law after signing it with a regular pen and a smart card encrypted with his digital signature. 

2. More than 40 states had previously passed legislation governing electronic signatures when the bill was passed, but the regulations needed to be uniform. 

3. Jim McDermott (D-WA) supported the declaration of June 30 as “National ESIGN Day” in June 2010. 

4. A contract or signature “may not be denied legal effect, validity, or enforceability only because it is in electronic form,” according to Section 101 of the act. Although the statute allows for electronic signatures, the individual can choose whether or not to do so. They may sign documents on paper rather than using an electronic signature, e.g., Wills, adoptions, divorces, utility cancellations, insurance cancellations, court orders, and official court documents. 

Certinal offers a wide range of features to ensure that documents aren’t just eSign compliant but also provides the type of evidence required to defend them if they’re challenged in court. 

Certinal’s digital signature automation makes getting a paper-based process signed off quickly and efficiently easy. Simply create a form with the critical details of the document, and our system will automatically send it to the first person who needs to sign. Each subsequent person will receive the paperwork once a signature is obtained. 

Our digital signatures are legal and binding, so you can be sure that all your documents are correctly signed and accounted for. Save time and secure your paper workflow with a secure signing process that ensures your agreements are only accessible and signed by the people who are supposed to be signing them. Book a demo now! 

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Lokjith is a marketing content writer, and he writes about eSignature technology to raise awareness and help enterprises make informed decisions. Before discovering the SaaS industry, he organized Offline Marketing campaigns campaigns. He has a master’s degree from the Institute of Management Technology, specializing in Marketing.
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