The Michigan Attorney General’s office, in concurrence of the Federal Highway Administration, has issued a decision authorizing the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to use and accept digitally encrypted electronic signatures. These digital signatures are not scanned copies of handwritten signatures or faxed copies of a handwritten signature, but are a secure electronic “object” that is embedded into the electronic PDF document by the signer with their unique password, identity, and the date/time digitally encrypted into the electronic document.
MDOT electronic signatures will need to conform to the following style guidelines: Adobe Software digital signature option selections:
- Graphic options shall be:
- “Name” Or “Imported Graphic” (as outlined below)
- Configure text shall be configured as:
- Uncheck the adobe “logo”
- Required to include: (“Name”, “Date”, “Location” and “Reason”)
- Optional “Distinguished Name” (includes job title)
- Optional for “labels”
- “left to right”
You may have multiple digital signature files configured for different purposes. It is even possible to configure a digital signature with an “Imported Graphic” (option noted above) containing an image of your scanned written signature or a scan of a professional license stamp. These are acceptable, but written signature images are not required and non-business related graphics are not acceptable.
Below are some Presentations on how to setup and administer electronic signatures