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ESRA Resources: The Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA) in full


The complete Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA).

In 1999, a crucial foundation of the legality of electronic commerce was created. This law, called the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, or UETA, sought to enact uniform rules for electronic transactions and electronic signatures for all states in the USA. At the time, states had varying rules, which caused confusion just at the time when electronic commerce was becoming crucial to the economy.

UETA, a precursor to the ESIGN Act, has been adopted by 47 U.S. states (along with the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands). It stipulates that when a law requires either a writing or a signature, an electronic record or an electronic signature can satisfy that requirement when the parties to the transaction have agreed to proceed electronically.

Both UETA and ESIGN provide the following:

As a benefit for all ESRA members and visitors, the entire UETA law is contained here.

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