PDF Signing Certificates

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Digitally Sign and Secure PDF Documents

Moving from paper-based to electronic document workflows increases productivity and reduces costs, but can also increase the risk of document forgery or tampering.  Organizations need a solution that offers their electronic documents the same assurance of origin and integrity as a wet ink signature provides a physical document.


Using PDF Signing to certify and add approval signatures to the document is the electronic equivalent of adding a notarized, wet ink signature. A certified document assures the recipient that the document is authentic, comes from a verified source, and has not been tampered with. Approval signatures expedite an organization's approval procedure by capturing the electronic approvals made by individuals or departments and embedding them within the actual PDF.

As a member of both Adobe’s Certified Document Services (CDS) and Approved Trust List (AATL), GlobalSign PDF Signing Certificates are compatible with Adobe Acrobat/Reader 8.0+ (certificates from AATL-only providers are compatible with Adobe Acrobat/Reader 9.0+). AATL certificates can also be used to digitally sign Microsoft Office documents.


Certify: Prove document integrity


Approve: Supports multiple approvers

Deployment Options

The Adobe AATL Certificate Policy requires certificates to be stored on FIPS-compliant hardware, such as a SafeNET iKey token or Hardware Security Module (HSM). GlobalSign offers a variety of deployment options to support the needs of all organizations, small to large.

  • Token-based - Ideal for individuals and organizations who need to digitally sign a moderate amount of PDF documents (under 5,000/year) or do not use an automated PDF generation solution.
  • Server-based - Ideal for organizations using automated PDF generation software, such as Adobe LiveCycle, Ascertia DSS, Eldos Secure Black Box, or iText Java/C Sharp, to generate and manage large volumes of documents. Learn more about our server-based options on our High Volume Digital Signatures page.

With GlobalSign's PDF Signing solution you can:

Certify PDFs to prove authorship, finalize contents, and secure against future tampering
Add customizable approval signatures, such as an image of your physical signature or an engineering seal
Create long term signatures that don't expire
Add on GlobalSign timestamping services to support non-repudiation and audit trails
Comply with state, federal, and industry regulations regarding digital signatures, such as Title 21 CFR Part 11
Save time and resources over paper-based signature workflows
Scale to meet your specific needs, with desktop and server-based options available
Digitally sign other documents including Word & LibreOffice with the same certificate

Our customers:





The implementation of GlobalSign’s PDF Signing solution has been deemed a huge success. Just the other day a partner signed a 150-page document that was immediately delivered to a client in minutes instead of days. Michael Furgang,
Application Services Manager, CHA
By combining a physical token and a password to protect access, GlobalSign’s PDF Signing solution delivers both security and convenience to end users. Anthony McKinney,
President and CEO, Euthymics Bioscience
Sales agents can produce digitally signed, timestamped documents instantly from the road. The turnaround time from policy application to issuance has been reduced significantly. Stuart Smith,
SVP Information Systems, Columbian Mutual Life Insurance
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