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DigitaleSignatureCreate and verify electronic signatures in line with European standards

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What is eSignature?

eSignature is a set of free standards, tools and services that help public administrations and businesses accelerate the creation and verification of electronic signatures that are legally valid in all European Member States.

Boost your digital transactions

By removing the need for paper to obtain a signature or seal, the solution facilitates the digitalisation of business processes, eliminating the time, costs and risks of dealing with paper formats.

Cross-border legal assurance

eSignature is compliant with the eIDAS Regulation, meaning that it ensures the legal recognition and cross-border interoperability of the electronic signatures and seals produced by solutions based on this building block.

Guaranteed documents’ integrity

With eSignature, you reduce risk of document duplication or alteration. The signer’s identity is bound to each specific document, ensuring that signatures and seals are verified, authentic and legitimate for that document alone.

Improved user experience

Shorter approval times, thanks to faster document signing processes, which leads to higher satisfaction rates.

Who can benefit from eSignature


Citizens of EU countries, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein

Discover how we are making the signing of digital documents possible for everyone.

Governments and Businesses

Public and Private entities

Let us show you how to adopt electronic signatures and seals, ensuring EU-wide validity.

Service Providers

Service and solution providers

We can help you develop eSigning solutions that are compliant with the eIDAS Regulation.

How to start using the eSignature

  1. Step 1

    Get familiar with the eIDAS Regulationand other important Directives, as well as the necessary standards to implement an eSignature compliant solution.

  2. Step 2

    Gather your business needs and requirements to decide if you want to use an external provider or our own Digital signature Services (DSS)

  3. Step 3

    Obtain a suited and interoperable eSignature structure that builds on our DSS open source library. Check out the documentation and support services available to help you.

  4. Step 4

    After testing the interoperability and conformance of your solution, you will be ready to start offering and promoting it!

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Implementing eSignature

Digital Signature Services (DSS)

Download the latest version of the Digital Signature Services open-source library for electronic signature creation and validation.

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ETSI Signature Conformance Checker

A free online tool that performs numerous checks to verify the conformance of electronic signatures based on ETSI standards.

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TL Manager

A web application for browsing, editing and monitoring trusted lists used by the Trusted List Operators of each Member State. It allows searching for qualified Trust Service Providers in Europe.

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eSignature FAQ

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If you have any question regarding eSignature, feel free to contact us or join our user community for further discussion and support.

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