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Digital Signature Instructions

Important Note: Digitally signing a PDF makes it a read-only document. Inserting a digital signature should be your very last step.

You will need to open the application and reference forms in Adobe Reader, Adobe Acrobat or Apple’s Preview. Adobe Reader is free to install and use and is available for many versions of Windows, Mac OS, ios and Android. You can also download a trial version of Adobe Acrobat Pro DC for free for a week.

Reader, Acrobat and Preview all have technology that will allow you to create and insert a signature into a PDF form. On touchscreen devices, you will have the option to draw your signature to create it. On all devices and in all three software, you can select an image of your signature.  If you are not using a touchscreen device, it is recommended to sign a blank piece of paper and either scan it to your computer or take a picture of it on your phone or tablet and save the image where you can access it and insert it in the PDF form, using the insert signature technology of your chosen software.

Instruction Links

Instructions on how to create and insert a signature in Adobe Reader are here. There is an Adobe Reader app available for mobile devices in the App Store and in Google Play.

Instructions on how to create and insert a signature in Apple’s Preview are here. Preview is available as a default application on most Mac computers.

Instructions on how to create and insert a signature in Adobe Acrobat are here. You can download and sign up for a 7 day free trial of Adobe Acrobat.

Alternative Processes

You may also print, sign and re-scan your application and reference forms.

You can also do a web search for free electronic signatures, to which you can upload your application and sign. These may be available for only a certain amount of documents or time. One example is DocuSign.


If you have any questions, please contact Alyssa Reynolds.
Phone: (208) 426-3129
Fax: (208) 426-4291