This autumn we introduce signing with SMS OTP (one-time password) – a method that will help in situations where using our supported eIDs is not possible. This is great news for our portal users who want to collect signatures from parties located in countries that are not currently supported.
How does signing with SMS OTP work?
This method is a very simple and user-friendly way to sign PDF documents. The receiver gets a link, and once ready to sign, they will get a confirmation code via SMS. The document is signed when the code is entered in the document signing window.
Technically, it is slightly more difficult, as we also add additional information to the signed PDF – the signee’s name, date and time the document was signed, signing purpose and eventually the phone number it was confirmed with. This data goes into an XML file that we embed into the document while displaying the key information in the annotation and sealing it with an electronic seal, ensuring the document’s origin and integrity.
Different signature levels
We want to remind you of the four electronic signature levels that are supported in the Dokobit portal; choose the right level based on the required legal weight.
- Qualified Electronic Signatures (QES) have the same legal effect as handwritten signatures; cannot be questioned in court.
- Advanced Electronic Signatures based on a Qualified Certificate (AdES/QC) are considered as strong evidence in court.
- Advanced Electronic Signatures (AdES) have sufficient security levels for lower liability risk-related documents.
- Simple Electronic Signatures (SES) – the most basic electronic signature which does not require strong signer authentication.
When signing with SMS OTP, an SES signature is created, which is often used for documents with lower liability risk, such as employment offers or purchase orders.
In Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Iceland this signing method is only supported in the Portal/Universal API (not the portal).