Digital Signature

Sign documents with the Digital Signature in a legally secure way

  • Save paper, printing and shipping costs
  • Eliminate media disruptions and accelerate signature processes
  • Sign documents regardless of location and time
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The digital signature for all companies.

d.velop sign is a German eSignature that helps companies of all sizes to completely digitalize the signature process. By using the digital signature, an average of 100,000 DIN A4 pages of paper p.a. are saved per company and both costs and time spent on concluding contracts of all kinds are minimized. No hardware or software installation is required for use, as d.velop sign is completely cloud-based.

  • 27 A4 pages pages that an office worker prints on average per day.
  • 9534 EUR spent per year by each company on printing costs.
  • 20 trees needed per year for printer paper of a company with 30 employees.
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White Paper

Put down your pens… forever!
Digital signatures – the end of paper-based processes.

Digital signing is a key component in the development of new and flexible approaches to work. There are also concerted efforts to promote and expand support for these continuous, digital work processes.

Read our white paper to learn how you can digitalize every aspect of your business and get everything running smoothly, without the dependency on printers, pens, and paper. After all – what’s the point in digital documents if you’re still having to print and sign them?

The key functions of digital signature

Focus on features of digital signature? Discover all functions in detail here.

Start signature workflow

  • Always stay up to date on the signature status
  • Faster contract processing
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Obtain external signatures

  • Invite internal and external individuals to sign
  • Use custom branding and templates
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Sign PDF and XML files

  • Legally sign PDF and XML files
  • Securely archive signed contracts directly in combination with d.velop documents
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API & Integrations

Sharepoint, Salesforce or Dynamics? Integrate digital signatures easily into your use case using the comprehensive API.

This gives every user the ability to sign out of the box! Get everything from a single source and simplify your provider management.

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German-made security

The digital signature from d.velop is currently one of the few German alternatives to the large US signature providers on the market. For many companies, the American providers are already falling away for reasons of data protection.

When storing information, d.velop only relies on certified and German data centers to ensure the highest possible security.

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Software made in Germany

We meet the strictest requirements for security, data protection and data retention.

30 years of experience as a digitization partner for companies

More than 12,500 customers and 2.9 million users trust the d.velop brand.

Intuitive and mobile use

We are constantly developing our software by actively involving customers.

eIDAS and DSGVO compliant

Compliance with the legal framework is a basic requirement for us, just as data protection is not just a promise but a fact for us.

Qualified signature already available as standard

There are no hidden costs with us! Compliance with the legal framework is a basic requirement for us, just as data protection is not just a promise but a fact for us. For absolute legal certainty right from the start.

Transparent pricing model

Customers can determine their own needs and costs.

Numerous integration options

Take a holistic view of digitization with the d.velop sign API.

Personal support

We always accompany processes from within the company.

Extensive onboarding

Every person learns differently – we adapt to you.

Internationally applicable

d.velop sign is available in German and English as standard and is already in use in more than 60 countries.

Learn how other companies are successfully
using the digital signature

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Customer Review

A Visionary Partner At Eye Level With Great Employees

“In my opinion, we are on a par with d.velop. I work with the employees of d.velop in the same way as I do with my own colleagues.”

January 2022 – Gartner Peer Insights

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To sign or not to sign – how digital HR works at apetito

With more than 11,000 employees, apetito has a lot more than delicious frozen meals – it also has thick piles of HR documents that need to be signed. This has been handled digitally using d.velop sign since the beginning of the year. You can find out how in this customer presentation.

Frequently asked questions about Digital Signature

What is a digital signature?

In the legal sense, a digital signature is a so-called electronic signature. The regulations that were formerly governed nationally in the Signature Act are now found in the eIDAS Regulation on electronic identification and trust services, which applies throughout Europe.
With a digital signature, you can sign a document (e.g., a loan agreement) on the Internet and without paper. This speeds up processes and saves costs. The legal framework for this is provided by the eIDAS Regulation, which applies throughout the EU. It defines the legal effect of electronically signed documents and their evidential value in court. With d.velop sign, you can sign simply, advanced and qualified.

How does a digital signature work?

You upload your document to the d.velop sign app and a hash value is sent to a trust service provider for certification. This provider verifies your identity and then sends the hash value back to d.velop sign. You can then download your fully signed document with the associated certificate. By simplifying the signature process in this way, you not only increase your level of digitization, but also save important time and costs at the same time.

Can contracts be signed digitally?

Legislation can now be done through remote signature services. You put your signature on the document via a signature certificate. This certificate attests to your identity by a third party and is time-stamped. The qualified electronic signature has stood up in court and is therefore suitable for signing contracts.

What types of digital signature are there?

The simple electronic signature does not represent any security-relevant added value for companies and is subject to the free judicial evaluation of evidence (§ 286 ZPO).
The advanced electronic signature is also subject to the free judicial assessment of evidence (§ 286 ZPO) and ensures the integrity of the document by means of a certificate.
Only the qualified electronic signature (QeS) replaces the statutory written form (126, 126a BGB) and is therefore equivalent to the handwritten signature.

What are trust service providers?

According to the eIDAS Regulation, Article 3 (16), a trust service is an electronic service that is usually provided for a fee and includes, among other things: Creation, verification and validation of electronic signatures, seals or time stamps, as well as verification and validation of certificates for website authentication. A qualified trust service meets the relevant requirements of the eIDAS Regulation, Article 3 (17), and is verified every two years in an elaborate procedure by an accredited conformity assessment body.
The result is communicated to the responsible supervisory authority (BNetzA or BSI). The status as a qualified trust service provider can be verified throughout Europe via a trust list and a seal of approval. The German trust list is available on the website of the Federal Network Agency: “Bundesdruckerei” (sign-me) is a qualified trust service provider for signatures, seals, time stamps and website certificates.

Difference between the electronic signature and the digital signature?

“Electronic signature” is a legal or juridical term. It refers to data linked to electronic information that identifies the signer. In practical terms, it is similar to a handwritten signature on paper. The legal framework for electronic signatures has been summarized under the eIDAS Regulation.
With an electronic signature, however, it is not always possible to verify whether the person actually signed the document or whether the signature may have been forged. Documents could also have been manipulated or changed without this being traceable.
Digital signatures offer additional security in this respect because, unlike electronic signatures, they contain an encrypted hash value. In addition, the person signing can be authenticated beyond doubt, making them equivalent to a notarized handwritten signature.”

What is the format of the eSignature?

Connected and the signature is directly in the document.

XAdES signature: XML, internally signed i.e. an XAdES signature is always connected to an XML document and the signature is directly in the document.

What does written form requirement mean?

As a rule, contracts and declarations of intent do not require any special form. In particular, contracts do not generally have to be concluded in writing. A handshake is also sufficient to establish an effective contractual relationship. Nevertheless, for reasons of preserving evidence and documentation, it is advisable to conclude contracts in writing.
In addition, agreements are often made according to which certain declarations or notifications are subject to the written form, and for some specific forms of contract or declarations of intent this is even required by law. This is primarily for the purposes of documentation and verifiability with a view to any subsequent legal disputes.

How can I validate my eSignature?

Signature validation takes place within PDF viewing applications and depends on the approach of the corresponding application. Here, no reader proceeds like the second and corresponding standards, such as the necessary check against the European Trust List (EUTL), are rarely adhered to. Some readers with an internal truststore can store the certificate from the EUTL to enable a check against EUTL. If, for example, your Adobe certificates are not up to date, an error message may appear when checking your signature. Instructions on how to update your Adobe certificates can be found here. Acrobat Reader, for example, checks against the EUTL for qualified signatures and also displays this directly with the signatures that have been made. Basically, the validity of the QES is unaffected by the incomplete check in various readers.
If a signature is to be verifiably checked, we recommend using the official EU validation site for this purpose, where you can upload and check your document ( This software checks according to the specifications for validation and creates a test report at the end, which logs the process.

What is the eIDAS Regulation?

The eIDAS Regulation (eIDAS stands for “Electronic Identification, Authentication And Trust Services”) is a regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the member states of the European Union. eIDAS represents a genuine legal innovation whose stated purpose is to promote the development of digital applications in Europe. The heart of this article law, the Trust Services Act (VDG), contains all the necessary regulations for the use of digital signatures. The new EU regulation enables a new, simplified procedure for electronic signatures. Here, the components for creating the signature are not stored on a card, but in a secure IT environment of a qualified trust service provider. This means that the electronic signature can also be triggered remotely, for example using mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.

Which signature level is recommended for which application scenario?

With d.velop sign you have the possibility to sign simple, advanced and qualified. For the selection of the right signature level, we recommend consulting a lawyer. We can gladly show you how other customers use d.velop sign. As a software manufacturer, however, we cannot give you advice on the legally compliant application of the solution. We will be happy to put you in contact with a specialist if required.

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