The BACB accepts electronic signatures for applications and forms, whether submitted electronically or by postal service. Although it is preferred that documents are digitally signed using a third-party electronic signature service (e.g., Adobe Sign, DocuSign, HelloSign), the BACB will accept any type of electronic signature (e.g., Adobe Fill & Sign, JPEG of a signature) provided the document is signed by the appropriate party with the intent of signing the document.
The BACB will also accept handwritten signatures on scanned documents, unless the document specifically states that an original signed copy is needed. Handwritten documents that contain alterations (e.g., white-out, strike-through, etc.) must be initialed by both parties.
An electronic signature is “an electronic sound, symbol, or process, attached to or logically associated with a contract or other record and executed or adopted by a person with the intent to sign the record” (15 U.S.C. § 7006 (2000)). Simply stated, an electronic signature is an electronic expression indicating a signee’s intent to sign a document. By contrast, a digital signature is a specific kind of electronic signature, which requires authentication of a signee’s identity.