Digital Signature Solution

GSA's Digital Signature Solution (DSS) allows you to electronically sign documents from a computer or other device. Instead of printing, signing, scanning, and emailing, use DSS to create digital signatures with ease.

Common Terms Associated with Digital Signatures

Envelope: A digital package that contains documents to be signed, including supporting documents, and that identifies the associated signers and signature fields.

Transaction: A process to prepare, perform and document a signature agreement between individuals within a document package that includes requirements such as signature fields, authentication type, and signing order.

Sender: An individual who creates a transaction document(s) and sends it with supporting documents as a package to be electronically signed.

Signer: An individual who receives and electronically signs a document in a package.

Digital Signature: A type of electronic signature. It can provide an extra level of security by using technology that encrypts the signature and verifies the identity of the person signing.

Quick Start Tips

How do you electronically sign a document?
You will receive an email when someone sends you a document to sign. Open the email then follow these steps:

  1. Review the email
  2. Agree to sign electronically
  3. Start the signing process
  4. Verify your name
  5. Adopt a signature
  6. Save your signature
  7. Sign for every signature requested in the document
  8. Confirm signing

Learn more in these detailed steps and screenshots.

If you have questions or concerns about a document you’ve been asked to digitally sign, please contact the sender.

Last Reviewed: 2020-01-12