How do I Create an eSignature / Digital ID in Adobe Acrobat?


How do I create an eSignature / Digital ID in Adobe Acrobat?


All faculty, staff and students have the ability to create a digital signature in Adobe Acrobat.

  1. Scroll to the portion of a form that requires your signature.
  2. Click on the signature field (with reddish arrow that reads “sign here”).
  3. Once on the "Add Digital ID" window, you will need to choose the bottom radio button: “A new digital ID I want to create now,” and then click "Next."

    A screenshot of the "Add Digital ID" window in Adobe Acrobat.

  4. Using Windows, the two options for creating and saving an eSignature are the “New PKCS#12 digital ID file” or the “Windows Certificate Store” digital ID file. Either option is acceptable. 
  5. The first choice on Windows: “New PKCS#12 digital ID file” creates a signature saved to your computer and requires you to create a password. Once the signature has been created, it will prompt you to enter this password each time you need to apply your signature. There is no way to recover the password (, and if forgotten, a new signature must be created.
  6. Using a Mac, there is no choice. You simply begin at the next step where you enter your information and follow the directions from there. 
  7. Complete the fields below as appropriate, and then click "Next."

    Screenshot of the "Add digital ID" window in Adobe Acrobat.

  8. Type in your password (if applicable), and then click "Finish."
  9. Once you have created the Windows signature, click on "Sign," and the signature will be entered into the form.  


*Please note: Once you have created a signature and need to complete another form, the signature will already be stored. You will just click on the “sign here” arrow again, and a window will appear requiring you to click on "sign." Your chosen signature will be inserted on the form. 

If you need further assistance, please submit a service request or CHAT with TAC.

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