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Comply with IVES

 

Adobe Acrobat Sign Guide

What's New

  1. Pre-Release Notes
  2. Release Notes
  3. Important Notifications

Get Started

  1. Quick start guide for administrators
  2. Quick start guide for users
  3. For Developers
  4. Video tutorial library
  5. FAQ

Administer

  1. Admin Console Overview
  2. User Management
    1. Add a User
    2. Add Users in Bulk
    3. Add Users from your Directory
    4. Add Users from MS Azure Active Directory
    5. Create function-focused users
      1. Technical accounts - API driven
      2. Service accounts - Manually driven
    6. Check for users with provisioning errors
    7. Change Name/Email Address
    8. Edit a user's group membership
    9. Edit a user's group membership through the group interface
    10. Promote a user to an admin role
    11. User Identity Types and SSO
    12. Switch User Identity
    13. Authenticate Users with MS Azure
    14. Authenticate Users with Google Federation
    15. Product Profiles
    16. Login Experience 
  3. Account/Group Settings
    1. Settings Overview
    2. Global Settings
      1. Account tier and ID
      2. Self Signing Workflows
      3. Send in Bulk
      4. Web Forms
      5. Custom Send Workflows
      6. Power Automate Workflows
      7. Library Documents
      8. Collect form data with agreements
      9. Limited Document Visibility
      10. Attach a PDF copy of the signed agreement 
      11. Include a link in the email
      12. Include an image in the email
      13. Files attached to email will be named as
      14. Attach audit reports to documents
      15. Merge multiple documents into one
      16. Upload a signed document
      17. Delegation for users in my account
      18. Allow external recipients to delegate
      19. Authority to sign
      20. Authority to send
      21. Power to add Electronic Seals
      22. Set a default time zone
      23. Set a default date format
      24. Users in Multiple Groups (UMG)
        1. Upgrade to use UMG
      25. Group Administrator Permissions
      26. Replace recipient
      27. Audit Report
        1. Overview
        2. Allow unauthenticated access on the transaction verification page
        3. Include reminders
        4. Include view events
        5. Include agreement page/attachment count
      28. In Product Messaging and Guidance
      29. Accessible PDFs
      30. New authoring experience
      31. Healthcare customer
    3. Account Setup
      1. Add logo
      2. Customize company Hostname/URL    
      3. Add company name
    4. Signature Preferences
      1. Well formatted signatures
      2. Allow recipients to sign by
      3. Signers can change their name
      4. Allow recipients to use their saved signature
      5. Custom Terms of Use and Consumer Disclosure
      6. Navigate recipients through form fields
      7. Decline to sign
      8. Allow Stamps workflows
      9. Require signers to provide their Title or Company
      10. Allow signers to print and place a written signature
      11. Show messages when e-signing
      12. Require signers to use a mobile device to create their signature
      13. Request IP address from signers
      14. Exclude company name and title from participation stamps
    5. Digital Signatures
      1. Overview
      2. Download and sign with Acrobat
      3. Sign with Cloud Signatures
      4. Include metadata for Identity Providers
      5. Restricted Cloud Signatures Providers
    6. Electronic Seals
    7. Digital Identity
      1. Digital Identity Gateway
      2. Identity Check policy
    8. Report Settings
      1. New report experience
      2. Classic report settings
    9. Security Settings
      1. Single Sign-on settings
      2. Remember-me settings
      3. Login password policy
      4. Login password strength
      5. Web session duration
      6. PDF encryption type
      7. API
      8. User and group info access
      9. Allowed IP Ranges
      10. Account Sharing
      11. Account sharing permissions
      12. Agreement sharing controls
      13. Signer identity verification
      14. Agreement signing password
      15. Document password strength
      16. Block signers by Geolocation
      17. Phone Authentication
      18. Knowledge-Based Authentication (KBA)
      19. Allow page extraction
      20. Document link expiration
      21. Upload a client certificate for webhooks/callbacks
      22. Timestamp
    10. Send settings
      1. Show Send page after login
      2. Require recipient name when sending
      3. Lock name values for known users
      4. Allowed recipient roles
      5. Recipient groups
      6. Required fields
      7. Attaching documents
      8. Field flattening
      9. Modify Agreements
      10. Agreement name
      11. Languages
      12. Private messages
      13. Allowed signature types
      14. Reminders
      15. Signed document password protection
      16. Signer identification options
        1. Overview
        2. Signing password
        3. One-Time Password via Email
        4. Acrobat Sign authentication
        5. Phone authentication
        6. Cloud-based digital signature
        7. Knowledge-based authentication
        8. Government ID
        9. Signer Identity reports
      17. Content Protection
      18. Enable Notarize transactions
      19. Document Expiration
      20. Preview, position signatures, and add fields
      21. Signing order
      22. Liquid mode
      23. Custom workflow controls
      24. Upload options for the e-sign page
      25. Post-sign confirmation URL redirect
    11. Message Templates
    12. Bio-Pharma Settings
      1. Overview
      2. Enforce identity authentication
      3. Signing reasons
    13. Workflow Integration
    14. Notarization Settings
    15. Payments Integration
    16. Signer Messaging
    17. SAML Settings
      1. SAML Configuration
      2. Install Microsoft Active Directory Federation Service
      3. Install Okta
      4. Install OneLogin
      5. Install Oracle Identity Federation
    18. Data Governance
    19. Time Stamp Settings
    20. External Archive
    21. Account Languages
    22. Email Settings
      1. Email header/footer images
      2. Permit individual user email footers
      3. Customize the Signature Requested email
      4. Customize the To and CC fields
      5. Custom email templates
      6. Enable Linkless Notifications
    23. Migrating from echosign.com to adobesign.com
    24. Configure Options for Recipients
  4. Guidance for regulatory requirements
    1. Accessibility
      1. Accessibility Compliance
      2. Create accessible forms with Acrobat desktop
      3. Create accessible AcroForms
    2. HIPAA
    3. GDPR
      1. GDPR Overview
      2. Redact a user
      3. Redact a user's agreements    
    4. 21 CFR part 11 and EudraLex Annex 11
      1. 21 CRF part 11 validation pack
      2. 21 CFR and EudraLex Annex 11 handbook
      3. Analysis of shared responsibilities
    5. Healthcare customers
    6. IVES support
    7. eOriginal vaulting for chattel paper
    8. EU/UK considerations
      1. EU/UK Cross-border transactions and eIDAS
      2. HMLR requirements for deeds signed electronically
      3. The impact of Brexit on e-signature laws in the UK
  5. Download Agreements in Bulk
  6. Claim your domain 

Send, Sign, and Manage Agreements

  1. Recipient Options
    1. Cancel an email reminder
    2. Options on the e-signing page
      1. Overview of the e-sign page
      2. Open to read the agreement without fields
      3. Decline to sign an agreement
      4. Delegate signing authority
      5. Restart the agreement
      6. Download a PDF of the agreement
      7. View the agreement history
      8. View the agreement messages
      9. Convert from an electronic to a written signature
      10. Convert from a written to an electronic signature 
      11. Navigate the form fields
      12. Clear the data from the form fields
      13. E-sign page magnification and navigation
      14. Change the language used in the agreement tools and information
      15. Review the Legal Notices
      16. Adjust Acrobat Sign Cookie Preferences
  2. Send Agreements  
    1. Send page overview
    2. Send an agreement only to yourself
    3. Send an agreement to others
    4. Written Signatures
    5. Recipient signing order
    6. Send in Bulk
      1. Overview of the Send in Bulk feature
      2. Send in Bulk - manual recipients
      3. Send in Bulk - CSV upload
      4. Cancel a Send in Bulk transaction
      5. Add reminders to Send in Bulk
      6. Reporting for Send in Bulk
  3. Authoring fields into documents
    1. In-app authoring environment
      1. Automatic field detection
      2. Drag and drop fields using the authoring environment
      3. Assign form fields to recipients
      4. The Prefill role
      5. Apply fields with a reusable field template
      6. Transfer fields to a new library template
      7. Updated authoring environment when sending agreements
    2. Create forms with text tags
    3. Create forms using Acrobat (AcroForms)
      1. AcroForm creation
      2. Creating accessible PDFs
    4. Fields
      1. Field types
        1. Common field types
        2. In-line Images
        3. Stamp Images
      2. Field content appearance
      3. Field validations
      4. Masked fields values
      5. Setting show/hide conditions
      6. Calculated fields 
    5. Authoring FAQ
  4. Sign Agreements
    1. Sign agreements sent to you
    2. Fill & Sign
    3. Self-signing
  5. Manage Agreements
    1. Manage page overview
    2. Delegate agreements
    3. Replace Recipients
    4. Limit Document Visibility 
    5. Cancel an Agreement 
    6. Create new reminders
    7. Review reminders
    8. Cancel a reminder
    9. More Actions...
      1. How search works
      2. View an agreement
      3. Create a template from an agreement
      4. Hide/Unhide agreements from view
      5. Upload a signed agreement
      6. Modify a sent agreement's files and fields
      7. Edit a recipient's authentication method
      8. Add or modify an expiration date
      9. Add a Note to the agreement
      10. Share an individual agreement
      11. Unshare an agreement
      12. Download an individual agreement
      13. Download the individual files of an agreement
      14. Download the Audit Report of an agreement
      15. Download the field content of an agreement
  6. Audit Report
  7. Reporting and Data exports
    1. Overview
    2. Grant users access to reporting
    3. Report charts
      1. Create a new report
      2. Agreement Reports
      3. Transaction Reports
      4. Settings Activity Report
      5. Edit a report
    4. Data Exports 
      1. Create a new data export
      2. Edit a data export
      3. Refresh the data export content
      4. Download the data export
    5. Rename a report/export
    6. Duplicate a report/export
    7. Schedule a report/export
    8. Delete a report/export
    9. Check Transaction Usage

Advanced Agreement Capabilities and Workflows

  1. Webforms 
    1. Create a web form
    2. Edit a web form
    3. Disable/Enable a web form
    4. Hide/Unhide a web form
    5. Find the URL or script code 
    6. Prefill web form fields with URL parameters
    7. Save a web form to complete later
    8. Resize a web form
  2. Reusable Templates (Library templates) 
    1. US Government forms in the Acrobat Sign library
    2. Create a library template
    3. Change a library template's name
    4. Change a library template's type
    5. Change a library template's permission level
    6. Copy, edit, and save a shared template
    7. Download the aggregate field data for a library template
  3. Transfer ownership of web forms and library templates
  4. Power Automate Workflows 
    1. Overview of the Power Automate integration and included entitlements
    2. Enable the Power Automate integration
    3. Track Power Automate usage
    4. Create a new flow (Examples)
    5. Triggers used for flows
    6. Importing flows from outside Acrobat Sign
    7. Manage flows
    8. Edit flows
    9. Share flows
    10. Disable or Enable flows
    11. Delete flows
    12. Useful Templates
      1. Administrator only
        1. Save all completed documents to SharePoint
        2. Save all completed documents to OneDrive for Business
        3. Save all completed documents to Google Drive
        4. Save all completed documents to DropBox
        5. Save all completed documents to Box
      2. Agreement archival
        1. Save your completed documents to SharePoint
        2. Save your completed documents to One Drive for Business
        3. Save your completed documents to Google Drive
        4. Save your completed documents to DropBox
        5. Save your completed documents to Box
      3. Webform agreement archival
        1. Save completed web form documents to SharePoint Library
        2. Save completed web form documents to OneDrive for Business
        3. Save completed   documents to Google Drive
        4. Save completed web form documents to Box
      4. Agreement data extraction
        1. Extract form field data from your signed document and update Excel sheet
      5. Agreement notifications
        1. Send custom email notifications with your agreement contents and signed agreement
        2. Get your Adobe Acrobat Sign notifications in a Teams Channel
        3. Get your Adobe Acrobat Sign notifications in Slack
        4. Get your Adobe Acrobat Sign notifications in Webex
      6. Agreement generation
        1. Generate document from Power App form and Word template, send for signature
        2. Generate agreement from Word template in OneDrive, and get signature
        3. Generate agreement for selected Excel row, send for review and signature
  5. Custom Send workflows
    1. Custom Send Workflow Overview
    2. Creating a new Send Workflow
    3. Edit a Send Workflow
    4. Activate or Deactivate a Send Workflow
    5. Send an agreement with a Send Workflow
  6. Share users and agreements
    1. Share a user
    2. Share agreements

Integrate with other products

  1.  Acrobat Sign integrations overview 
  2. Acrobat Sign for Salesforce
  3. Acrobat Sign for Microsoft
    1. Acrobat Sign for Microsoft 365
    2. Acrobat Sign for Outlook
    3. Acrobat Sign for Word/PowerPoint
    4. Acrobat Sign for Teams
    5. Acrobat Sign for Microsoft PowerApps and Power Automate
    6. Acrobat Sign Connector for Microsoft Search
    7. Acrobat Sign for Microsoft Dynamics 
    8. Acrobat Sign for Microsoft SharePoint 
  4. Other Integrations
    1. Acrobat Sign for ServiceNow
    2. Acrobat Sign for HR ServiceNow
    3. Acrobat Sign for SAP SuccessFactors
    4. Acrobat Sign for Workday
    5. Acrobat Sign for NetSuite
    6. Acrobat Sign for VeevaVault
    7. Acrobat Sign for Coupa BSM Suite
  5. Partner managed integrations
  6. How to obtain an integration key

Acrobat Sign Developer

  1. REST APIs 
    1. Methods documentation
    2. SDK/Developer Guide
    3. API FAQ    
  2. Webhooks 
    1. Webhook overview
    2. Configure a new webhook
    3. View or edit a webhook
    4. Deactivate or reactivate a webhook
    5. Delete a webhook
    6. Two-way SSL certificates
    7. Webhooks in the API

Support and Troubleshooting

  1. Customer Support Resources 
  2. Enterprise Customer Success Resources 

Companies that use the Income Verification Express Services (IVES), and particularly the IRS forms 4506-T and 4506T-EZ, need to explicitly configure their Adobe Acrobat Sign group or account settings to ensure compliance.

Overview

The core document from the IRS regarding IVES compliance can be found here: https://www.irs.gov/individuals/income-verification-express-services-ives-electronic-signature-requirements

Adobe Acrobat Sign is a fully ESIGN Act compliant solution. All the IRS definitions and ESIGN law requirements are met by the core solution for all agreements sent through the service.

IVES has additional requirements that must be followed to ensure compliance with and participation in using the 4506-T and 4506T-EZ forms.

Below you will find the requirements set forth by the IRS requirements document, and the related Acrobat Sign application configurations that ensure compliance.

Access to the configuration settings below requires an Acrobat Sign business or enterprise level of service.

Authentication

IVES compliance requires two-factor authentication when signing documents. Acrobat Sign delivers all requests for signature as a unique link per signer to an email address. The unique signing URL and access to the email inbox constitute the first-factor authentication. To meet the requirement for the second-factor authentication, the Acrobat Sign account can be configured to require the signer to provide the second level of authentication before being able to sign the document. Acrobat Sign supports three options for the second factor:

  1. Phone Authentication (SMS)
  2. Knowledge-Based Authentication (KBA)
  3. Government ID

 

It is recommended that the group or account sending a document that requires IVES compliance configure the following settings:

  1. Identify Authentication Methods – Select one of the above-identified second-factor verification methods and establish that as the default.
  2. To limit the option for human error, you can disable the option for Senders to change the default verification method.
  3. If you have transactions that do not require an IVES compliant counter signature, Enable different identity authentication methods for internal recipients.
  4. Enable different methods for internal signers, and set the default to an internally acceptable standard.
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IVES requires that signers explicitly consent to doing business electronically.

  • Explicit consent can be configured with forced review of the Terms of Use and Consumer Disclosure. See here for full details
  • The details of the consent are captured in the audit trail for the signature agreement.
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Electronic Signature

IVES documents require an electronic signature to be validated against the name on the form.

  • All signatures applied by the Acrobat Sign system are fully compliant ESIGN Act signatures.
  • The explicit text suggesting the signature be compared to the name on the form suggests that using a font-based signature is superior to a more stylized signature type (e.g.: Biometric or Hanko stamp signatures). Therefore, it is recommended that the signature type be restricted to Typing their name and initials
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Tamper Proof Seal

IVES documents must be made tamper-proof after the signatures are applied.

  • Acrobat Sign applies tamper-proofing on all completed documents
  • The tamper-proof seal is evident when the PDF is opened with Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader and appears as a blue bar across the top of the window.

Non-Repudiation / Audit Log

An audit log of the entire signature process must accompany the document. The audit log must contain all the document lifecycle information.

  • Every transaction in Acrobat Sign has a fully compliant audit log that can be downloaded from the transaction record (on the Manage page).
  • It is recommended that the group or account needing to be IVES compliant have their settings configured to:

i. Attach audit report to completed documents → Always

ii. Send an extra copy of every signed agreement to these email addresses → An internal archival email address

audit log

 

The Audit Trail itself contains all the elements required by IVES:

A. Date and time of creation

B. IP address of the signer

C. Document lifecycle notifications

D. Result of authentication

E. Result of consent

F. Result of each electronic signature 

Document Retention

All 4506-T and 4506T-EZ forms, including their audit reports, must be retained for two years.

  • Acrobat Sign retains all signed documents and audit logs on our servers throughout the life of the service provided. Only by direct customer action could a document be deleted, and even in that case, the audit log will persist.
  • It is recommended that any group or account seeking to be compliant establish an automatic CC to an archival email address (e.g.: AcrobatSignContracts@myDomain.dom)

 

Quality Review

All participants using an electronic signature solution must use an independent party to audit the signatures annually.

  • This requirement falls outside the scope of what Acrobat Sign can provide, as the requirement specifically demands an independent party perform the audit.


Custom Workflows

Enterprise-level customers can create discrete workflows using the workflow designer.

This option allows for a document-specific workflow, including user verification methods and notification processes, without having to employ group or account-wide settings.

Given the IVES requirements are fairly strict and unforgiving of human error, this option is strongly recommended.

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