PDF Signing Digital Certificates

PDF Signing Digital Certificates

Allow users to attach certified signatures to Adobe PDF Documents, as well as add permissions to control future changes. This solution adds the equivalent of a wet ink signature to Adobe PDF Documents

Certifying & Approval Signatures

GlobalSign is an authorized participant in Adobe's Certified Document Services (CDS) program and operates under a stringent set of policies and standards developed by Adobe and audited by WebTrust to allow GlobalSign to issue Adobe recognized CDS Certificates, branded as PDF Signing Digital IDs.

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Certifying signatures can be added to PDFs to "seal" the document and control permissions to make any further changes. A certified PDF displays the "Certified Document Blue Bar" when the PDF is viewed. Multiple Approval signatures from different people or departments can also be added to the document.

When viewed the recipient is presented with a "Green Checkmark" displayed within the PDF itself, showing which people or departments have consented to, approved, or accepted the contents of the PDF.

Features and Benefits

  • Enables PDF Security- Including Document Integrity, Authorship and Time Stamping
  • No plug-ins or extra software needed- Certified PDFs recognized by Adobe Acrobat and the free Adobe Reader
  • Desktop-based or Server-based- Signing & certifying solutions to meet requirements of organizations of all sizes
  • RFC 3161 Compliant- Timestamping provide non-repudiation essential to time sensitive document transactions and audit trails
  • Certification Signatures- Allows you to add Certification Signatures to electronically seal a document
  • Approval Signatures- Allows you to add Approval Signatures- add electronic equivalents to wet ink approval signatures
  • WebTrust Accredited-WebTrust accredited Certification Authority since 2002

Types of PDF Signing Certificates

PersonalSign USB

PersonalSign USB

PersonalSign USB allows documents to be certified in desktop based document creation workflows. A digital credential recognized and trusted by Adobe is issued to an individual and stored securely on a USB crypto device shipped to the individual. PersonalSign USB is designed for organizations needing named individuals (e.g. John Smith) to add Certifying or Approval Signatures to PDFs.

DepartmentSign USB

DepartmentSign USB

DepartmentSign USB is designed for organizations needing departments (Marketing Department or Legal Department) to add Certifying or Approval Signatures to PDFs. DepartmentSign USB is a digital credential recognized and trusted by Adobe which is issued to a departmental identity and stored securely on a USB crypto device shipped to the organization.

DepartmentSign HSM

PDF Signing Resources

Get a comprehensive look at all the features and benefits of PDF Signing Certificates.

Datasheet: Overview of PDF Signing(.pdf)
Web Copy: Pre-written PDF Signing content for use on your website (.word)

DepartmentSign HSM

A digital credential recognized and trusted by Adobe is issued to a departmental identity and stored on a server-based key management system (such as a crypto HSM) for added protection. The credential is used by the server to apply the digital signature. The PDF file automatically validates when opened in Reader or Acrobat. DepartmentSign HSM is designed for organizations needing departments (Marketing Department or Legal Department) to create PDFs in volume and add Certifying or Approval Signatures in large numbers.

PDF Signing Resources

Get a comprehensive look at all the features and benefits of PDF Signing Certificates.

Datasheet: Overview of PDF Signing (pdf)
Web Copy: Pre-written PDF Signing Content for use on your website (.word)

Next Steps

Speak with a Product Specialist to learn more about PDF Signing.