You're on this page because you're wondering: Is there a rule for signatures?
The short is answer is no — there is really no rule for signatures, and almost anything can be your signature. This goes for both wet and electronic signatures.
In this guid, we're going to answer every question related to signatures, including what is and isn't accepted as a signature.
Let's check this out!
Yes, your signature can be anything: initials, name, full name, numbers, symbols, smiley face, or anything else you can think of.
Though, you want a signature to represent you and make it as unique as possible.
Generally, there is no rule to have in mind when making your signature. May it be an electronic signature or a physical one, it can be whatever you want it to be.
Most often you'll see people going for a signature that's their full name. That's the go-to option when you can't think of a cursive signature or a symbol for you.
Pro Tip: Your signature doesn't have to be written in cursive. Of course, you can make it in cursive, but know that it isn't mandatory.
A legal signature is allowed to be anything you want to represent your identity on a piece of paper.
Signatures, especially on contracts and agreements, have the purpose of showing that we're agreeing to some terms.
Yes, you can use just your initials as a signature — initials are 100% legally binding and accepted as a signature.
At the same time, it isn't compulsory to have a signature based on your initials. You can also write your full name as a signature, or simply choose anything else.
The same answer goes to every question answered in this article: you can make any kind of signature, as nothing is mandatory. Everything's accepted as long as you agree that your signature is going to represent yourself.
Your signature doesn't to match your name. If you want to type your signature as a name though, make sure it is yours and that you don't impersonate anybody.
At SignHouse, we can help you create a name signature for free. It takes just a couple of seconds and you can reuse it for online documents!
Since your signature doesn't have to your full real name, feel free to use a nickname for your signature.
As long as you're comfortable with representing your identity on a document using your nickname, you're 100% free to do it.
The same goes with first names: you can sign a document only using your first name, as it will be 100% legally binding.
Alternatively, sign documents only using your last name. Both options work great!
Yes, absolutely. Your signature can 100% be a symbol that you wish to represent your name and identify when signing a document.
You'll sometimes see people signing documents with all sorts of symbols next to their names. Pick whatever represents you best!
In fact, this question brings us to another interesting one...
You can use a smiley face as your signature. It is still 100% legally binding, although you may want to select something more representative of your name.
At the end of the day, you'll see how no popular figure has a smiley face as their whole signature.
Pro Tip: Check our archive of popular signatures inspiration from popular figures if you need some help in making your signature.
If you want to have a smiley face as your signature, we suggest that you write your name as a signature add a smiley face at the end of it.
This way, your signature will have represent yourself and also have a nice touch.
Yes, you can add a heart next to your signature. It will be considered a part of your signature, and it will still be 100% legally binding.
Any symbol is welcome next to your signature. Nobody can tell you that your signature is invalid because you have a heart next to your handwritten signature.
At the end of the day, the heart symbol is still part of your legal signature that represents your personality on a document.
Anything is accepted as a signature, including drawings. You can draw your name, a symbol, or draw your signature in cursive.
At SignHouse, we're helping people draw electronic signatures and get documents signed way faster on any of their devices: phones, tablets, computers, laptops etc.
There isn't anything in particular isn't accepted as a signature. Of course, make sure you don't write anybody else's name for your signature — that is not accepted.
Speaking of which, an important factor to keep in mind when making your signature is to be sure that it is clear. You want people to understand your signature.
Pro Tip: Avoid having an illegible signature, like Donald Trump's signature. While you can somewhat read his signature, it is a tough one.
A good, legible signature example is Bill Gates' signature. It has personality, as it is a handwritten signature with Gates' handwriting, and the name is 100% clear too.
In the end, you have to know that there's no limit to what can be your signature.
We highly suggest that you keep your signature somewhat formal, legible, and representative of your personality to remain professional.
That's all you need to know about what is accepted as a signature.
That could be the case too. Remember: your signature's validity is given by the following:
So whether your signature is your full name or not, it just has to be validated through an eSignature software. That's why, for instance, signatures created through Apple Notes, through your iPhone, are not legally recognized.
Feel free to read the full analysis of why your full name is not 100% required in a signature in this article.
Signing with a non-cursive signature is ok! If we're talking about digital documents, the signature will be validated by identifiable details that are separate from how it looks — that is taken care of by an eSignature software such as SignHouse.
If we're talking about physical documents:
Your signature 100% works and is 100% legal if it's typed, if you're using an electronic signature software!
Why? It's validity is given by other factors:
Therefore, typing your signature makes it valid, due to the aspects that an eSignature software handles for you.
Yes, it absolutely could be! Why: your electronic signature is not defined by how it looks. It could even be a glyph.
Your signature's validity is given by other aspects, as explained in this article of ours:
So yes, your signature can be your initials!
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