Sign Documents in the Cloud with eSigner Express

This how-to will walk you through signing a PDF file with eSigner Express,’s cloud document signing app. Before getting started, you’ll need a validated and eSigner-enrolled document signing certificate. Please read these how-tos for full instructions on ordering, validation, and eSigner enrollment:

If you’d like to try eSigner Express with a demo account and certificate, please read eSigner Demo Credentials and Certificates for credentials and configuration information.
  1. Navigate to
  2. Click Login with account.
    Login with account
  3. Enter your Username and Password, than click the Member Login button.
    login to
  4. Drag and drop the PDF file you want to sign onto the browser window, or click and navigate to the file.
    Upload PDF file
  5. Navigate to the page where you want the signature to appear.
  6. Click the Digital Signature button, in the upper right corner of the window.
    Digital Signature button
  7. To create a visible digital signature, select Configure Signature from the menu that opens. (Selecting Sign and Go will create an invisible digital signature. If you select this option, skip ahead to step 16 of this how-to.)
  8. Read the instructions, then click the OK button.
    signature instructions
  9. Double-click where you want to place the signature. When the signature box appears, you can use the handles to resize it.
    Add digital signature
  10. Click the Send Digital Signature button, to the right below the signature box.
    Send digital signature
  11. Check Signing Reason, then select or enter a reason for signing.
    Select signing reason
  12. Check Location, then enter your location.
    Add location
  13. Click the Digitally sign document button.
    Digitally sign document
  14. Enter a 6-digit code from your 2FA app.
    Enter 2FA code
  15. You will see an alert when your file has been signed. Click the Download PDF file button.
    Download PDF file
  16. Open the file in Adobe Acrobat or Acrobat Reader to confirm that the digital signature is present and valid.
    Digital Signature

Take note that digital signatures produced from eSigner Express are PDF Advanced Electronic Signatures (PadES) compliant. This means that even if the document signing certificate has long expired,  the digital signature can still be determined to be valid during the time of signing through a feature called Long-Term Validation (LTV). To enable your eSigner signature for LTV, please follow this guide article: Long-Term Validation (LTV) of PDF Digital Signatures in Adobe Acrobat’s Document Signing Certificates offer trusted digital signatures for Adobe PDF and Microsoft Office documents, and PKI-based client authentication, all for as low as $215.28 per year.


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