Identity and
Digital Signature

When you sign a document, you're making a commitment. Choosing a digital signature that meets the conformity and security requirements for your electronic documents is essential.

 
Verified digital identity: Confirm your identity as a signer using the most reliable and recognized authentication technology.
Verified digital identity

Confirm your identity as a signer using the most reliable and recognized authentication technology.

Increased productivity: Quickly and efficiently sign your electronic documents, whether they're batches of plans, quotes or contracts.
Increased productivity

Quickly and efficiently sign your electronic documents, whether they're batches of plans, quotes or contracts.

Conformity to your regulatory framework: Ensure that you fulfil your legal obligations and meet industry regulations.
Conformity to your regulatory framework

Ensure that you fulfil your legal obligations and meet industry regulations.

Guaranteed security and reliability: When you digitally sign your documents, you ensure their integrity and can quickly identify alterations.
Guaranteed security and reliability

When you digitally sign your documents, you ensure their integrity and can quickly identify alterations.

Reduced costs: Reduce your postage and paper archiving costs.
Reduced costs

Reduce your postage and paper archiving costs.

Smaller environmental footprint: Reduce paper waste by opting for a digital signature.
Smaller environmental footprint

Reduce paper waste by opting for a digital signature.

 
Discover the Possibilities
Sign as a professional

Certify your identity and your job relationship or membership to a professional association.

 

Sign on behalf of your company

Certify the origin of documents issued by your department or organization without associating them with an individual signer.

Certify a document’s content at a specific point in time

Certify a document’s content at an exact time and date to the nearest second, and ensure its integrity using a timestamp token.

 

Automate document signing by your systems

Avoid repetitive tasks by automating some or all of the steps leading up to a document’s signing.

Certify the authenticity of a printed electronic document

Use a Visible Digital Seal (VDS) on an electronic document to ensure its authenticity and legitimacy, even when printed.

 

A Government Corporation Saving Time and Money

Discover how a Crown corporation supplying hydroelectricity and natural gas to a Canadian province overcame the daunting challenges of signing and approving tens of thousands of plans per year.

 

Our Solutions

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Digital signature on behalf of a company Visible Digital Seal (VDS) Certified timestamping

Digitally sign your documents in compliance with your regulatory framework or your company’s requirements.

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Try out the digital signature

We offer a 60-day trial of our digital signature and free access to our ConsignO Desktop digital signature software.

  • Test out your digital signature before implementing it within your infrastructure.
  • Discover the benefits of signing documents electronically.

Digitally sign your PDF documents on behalf of your department or company.

Two options:

    • Signature affixed by an individual (generally using ConsignO or Adobe products)Signature for departments
    • Signature automatically affixed by your systems (usually for large volumes of documents)Signature for organisations

Guarantee the authenticity of your digital documents, even when printed.

When internal or external stakeholders require a paper document, affixing a Visible Digital Seal (VDS) on your electronic document ensures the integrity of its key data, as well as the document’s integrity and authenticity once printed.

  • Don’t let the requirement for paper documents hold you back any longer.
  • Reduce processing times and save on postage and archiving.
  • Prevent alterations and counterfeiting of your documents once printed to reduce the risk of fraud.

Certify a document’s content at a specific point in time and ensure its integrity.

Certified timestamping is a simple and affordable solution that:

  • Confirms the exact time the document was timestamped.
  • Ensures the integrity of your documents and detects alterations.
  • Protects your PDF documents and time-sensitive data.
Questions & Answers

What is a digital signature? And what is the difference with an electronic signature?

A digital signature is an encrypted electronic signature that can guarantee the origin of an electronic document, its integrity, and its authenticity. When you manually sign a document, you guarantee your agreement to the text content. A digital signature does the same thing and adds even more information. It guarantees signature authenticity by proving that you are the person who signed, it ensures document integrity, meaning that it has not been modified since the signature, and also confirms that the sustainability of the document, ensuring its validity for years to come.

Difference between a digital and an electronic signature :
An electronic signature consists of blocks of information that identify you. A digital signature is a form of electronic signature that is more secure because it is encrypted and can be invisible. It protects many elements of your documents.

What is a digital identity and how is it used?

A digital identity uses technological conventions to link digital identifiers to a person’s attributes. A digital identity guarantees that a given person is at the other end of the transaction or the origin of a signed document. For example, a digital identity can be used to sign birth certificates, passports, university transcripts and diplomas, contracts, technical plans and drawings, and affidavits. In short, a digital identity can be used to sign any document whose proof of origin may be required for weeks, years, or even decades to come.

What is a digital signature certificate and what type of information does it contain?

The digital signature certificate can be compared to a passport. It contains information that helps authenticate the signer’s identity and links them to their digital signature. All recipients can see the certificate’s details by accessing Notarius’ online certification servers. Certificates are issued by Notarius, a certification authority, once a user’s identity and, when applicable, professional status, have been verified. The certificate is an electronic file that meets the X.509 standard and is signed by a recognized certification authority. It contains data that identifies the user, such as:

  • The user’s distinctive name (last name, first name, and, when applicable, member number)
  • The name of the user’s professional association, when applicable
  • The user’s email address
  • The user’s public verification key
  • The certificate’s validity period
  • The certificate’s serial number
  • The issuing certificate authority’s digital signature to verify and guarantee the authenticity of the information contained within the certificate

Moreover, the certificate contains a public verification key that matches the private signature key. Together, they create a link between the user and the asymmetric key pair.

Can someone modify or alter a signed PDF document?

A signed document can be marked up but cannot be easily altered. If a digitally signed document were to be altered, the digital signature would be removed from the file, thus rendering the document a copy of the original. For example, in paper form, a wet signature original can be photocopied, thus creating a copy of the original and this copy can be easily modified and altered. The same is true for an original electronic PDF with a digital signature. It can be “reprinted” as a PDF and the new document then becomes a copy of the original. This copy can be altered but, for the recipient, it is a copy since the digital signature is no longer part of the PDF.