Adding an Electronic Signature to a Form, and integrating with Documents

Electronic signatures allow your end users to sign your form – either with their mouse or finger on an iPad/smartphone – their John Hancock directly onto the form.

Yup. Now you can securely capture signatures for contracts, legal documents, and other forms in which you need a physical autograph.


Our Signature Field in action!


How does it work?

It’s easy! You just go to your field options on the left-hand sidebar, scroll down to “Signature,” drop it into your form, and it’ll be automatically added. Once you publish your online form, you’ll see that your users can sign their name, clear it if they aren’t happy, and continue to submit the form with ease.




What are some of the most popular ways you can use it?

Glad you asked! Here are some of the most popular for electronic signature forms online are the following:

- General Contracts

- Terms of Service Agreements

- Contests

- Petitions

- Incident Reporting

-HR forms


How are signatures stored in my account?

The signatures will be stored as image file uploads. Depending on the type of plan you have, you’ll want to keep track of your storage limits.


How to pass files (ex. Signatures) between Forms + Docs seamlessly without cloud storage?

Here’s where Formstack Documents (formerly WebMerge) comes in, folks. Formstack Documents is an awesome integration that allows you to export your forms and create a clean document or PDF from it. Essentially, you could have customers, employees, etc. fill out a Formstack form, sign their name, and that data will be automatically sent to your Formstack Documents account where you can either print out the document or save it to your computer as a PDF file for future reference. 

To learn how Forms can share images with Documents, navigate to the How to pass a signature from Forms to Documents without cloud storage article.


Does it work on my mobile device?

Of course! Android, iPhone and iPad signature capturing are essential to timely campaigns where you need to push out petitions quickly. Especially now with election season upon us, you can upload your petition or survey on an iPad and collect public support on the go. 

Note: As it stands right now, Android and iPad devices will allow you to collect signatures through the Formstack app. With iPhones, what I would suggest (until it’s updated) is to pull up the form link on your browser, save it as a bookmark, and then use the signature field that way.


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