You’re probably in this situation.
We’ve asked government officials, lawyers, bureaucrats, and academic professors: does your signature have to be in cursive for it to be valid?
The short answer is this: Wet ink signatures are likely to be cursive, but no, your signature does not have to be in cursive for it to be 100% legal — eSignatures can not be in cursive. But there’s more to it… what matters then, if not whether it’s in cursive?
Let’s dive deeper.
We’ve written an in-depth analysis of how wet ink signatures are different from other types of signatures.
The short of it is this:
Need to know more on this topic? Check out our no-BS analysis here: Wet ink signatures VS eSignatures.
It all depends on whether we’re talking about a digital or physical document.
On a physical document, a signature’s validity is given by how close it is to the “original” signature.
How you decide which one is the original one — that could be down to resorting to expert service, in legal courts.
As you can imagine, esoteric knowledge is needed by those 3rd parties.
Not to mention a reputation in the industry.
On the other hands, the digital realm presents a couple of advantages:
So… why did we relate to you these bits of information?
What was the point of comparing physical docs signatures vs digital docs sigantures?
It all ties in together now: if you’re electronically signing, you can understand now why your signature doesn’t have to be in cursive at all. Cursive or not, that’s not what defines its validity.
However, on the other hand, on a physical document, you might want to use cursive, as it makes the signature more… valid, so to speak.
What we mean by that: your signature will be harder to replicate, thus making it more bulletproof.
The short answer we started from was that it doesn’t have to be in cursive. And we’re still at the same conclusion. But on a physical document you might want to write it in cursive.
But on a digital document?
No need for all that.
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!
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.
Ch Daniel is the co-founder of SignHouse and chairman of the CH Group. Daniel is leading the development of SignHouse's product, as well as strategising how else the company can reach its main mission: empowering 100M+ to use the world's most efficient document organisational tools.