The Electronic Signature and Records Association (ESRA) celebrated the 20th anniversary of The Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce (ESIGN) Act with a free webinar that featured key ESRA leaders who contributed to the development of the ESIGN Act. They discussed key components of the Act, how it provides a national legal framework for electronic signatures and transactions, what has changed since 2000, and how ESRA works towards a trusted digital economy for all.
You can watch a recording of the webinar below.
The ESIGN Act was signed by President Clinton on June 30, 2000. Ten years later, Congress passed a resolution to observe June 30 as National ESIGN Day to raise awareness about electronic signatures and promote its advantages in electronic commerce.
While the ESIGN Act does not apply for every type of document, it laid the foundations for the conversations we’re having today. The public’s desire for electronic signatures to be accepted on more documents has recently spiked. States across the country are proposing bills and regulations for eWills, eRecording, remote eNotaries, and more, while Congress is working on addressing these issues on a national level.