E-Sign Act Law and Legal Definition

E-Sign Act is a short name for the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, a 2000 federal statute that establishes the legal equivalency of electronic contracts, electronic signatures, and other electronic records with their paper counterparts. It specifies that in the United States, the use of a digital signature is as legally valid as a traditional signature written in ink on paper. The E–Sign Act applies to all types of transactions, whether in interstate or foreign commerce, unless a specific exception applies. Among the few exceptions are documents relating to family law and probate law, most documents required by the Uniform Commercial Code, court documents, and a list of notices that directly impact the lives of consumers.