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    Is there a way to get a signature on a release form ?

    Asked by Jack on August 31, 2012 at 02:17 AM

    In order to do background checks on applicants, they need to sighn a release form and give us permision to do so. Is there a way to get a digital signature on a form ?

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    Answered by gori-mathew on August 31, 2012 at 06:20 AM

    Hi Jack,

    Unfortunately, such option is not available as of the moment . However, this has been already added to our feature request list for our developers to consider.

    For the meantime as a workaround you may want to let users enter their initials or full name in a text box instead right after accepting the terms and conditions.  Another option is to have the form printed, signed and faxed or email back to you.



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    JotForm Support

    Answered by danieldlopezp on August 31, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Hey Jack , like Gori says for now it is not possible to get signature with JotFrom, and the most easy ways to do it are the ones described by him.


    However here I give you other ideas that you can consider, they require extra code and are more elaborated that the first ones, but the idea is that you can get all the possibilities and choose the most adequate one for your needs.


    a) You can use Handwritten signature, this is a signature with the mouse, the client use the mouse in a Handwritten/ Drawing field and you include that in your information as a .Gif or .Jpg, for this you will need to make a field with drawing functions (it’s possible to make it with Flash), this solution can be good but complicated to make, you have to developed by your own and this takes time.


    B) You can use Certification Authority (CA) certificates, and develop a function with JavaScript that 1) find and open the user CA 2) set that in the form that we want to sign,   the problem with that is that every user needs to have a digital signature installed in the browser and to make fit the correct JavaScript code in your form can be a little bit complicated.


    C) You can also take a photo of the user in the moment of the validation and the picture is used as this signature; I saw some web sites that use this method.


    If you have any doubt please let us know

    Have a Good Friday

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    JotForm Founder

    Answered by aytekin on February 21, 2013 at 09:49 AM

    UPDATE: We have just released e-signature capturing for forms. 



    You can now add an e-signature question to your form and get your users to sign the forms they complete.