eSignature Industry, News & Updates

Discussions on Emerging Legislation and Technology at Summer Meeting Helps Shape Agenda for Annual Conference in November

Washington, D.C. — August 29, 2013 — The Electronic Signature and Records Association (ESRA), the premier trade association representing electronic signature industry adopters and providers, recently met in Seattle during a two-day leadership session to continue preparations for its annual meeting in November. Leaders from member organizations such as AssureSign, AlphaTrust, Equifax, DocuSign, Silanis, Adobe Systems, eOriginal, USAA, IMM, BuckleySander LLP, and Fidelity National Financial collaboratively discussed key issues impacting the adoption of e-signatures and e-records, including: advising the Department of Motor Vehicles on how to progress away from paper processes; commenting on Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP21) to ensure that it is written from a technologically neutral viewpoint; meeting with the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) to discuss the legality and necessity for E-Notarization; and educating several key regulatory agencies such as SBA, CFPB, FTC and FRB on the nuances of electronic signature and records law. Those topics and more will be focal points during the E-Signatures 2013 Annual Conference in New York, November 14-15, 2013. Attendees from the financial services, mortgage, healthcare, and real estate industries and public sector government representatives will share their knowledge and best practices in implementing secure, complaint, paperless solutions.

Formed in 2005, ESRA has been a vehicle for members to share timely and cutting edge information on legal, regulatory and industry trends related to electronic signature and records, and to interact with policymakers with the aim of advancing the adoption of electronic signatures and records in all contexts. The association’s impact is far reaching—a recent example being efforts by ESRA that helped persuade the Internal Revenue Service to update its regulation to accept electronic signatures on the Form 4506-T, a consent document used extensively in the mortgage industry. A current focus of ESRA is championing the inclusion and appropriate use of electronic signature and records within the motor vehicle process across the states for items such as power of attorney and odometer disclosure statements.

“ESRA continues to educate the public by addressing specific questions that still trouble many government and private organizations, such as what the law requires in terms of authentication standards,” said David Brinkman, ESRA Chairman. “The best way to educate is to engage people in the conversation, and the upcoming E-Signatures 2013 Annual Conference will provide that forum.”

About ESRA
The Electronic Signature and Records Association (ESRA) is a centralized educational resource for its members and the public with respect to the legal, regulatory and operational issues in relation to the use of electronic signatures and records. Its members represent a prestigious group of corporations, both technology-providers and “user” companies offering technology applications to their customers. Education is the primary mission of ESRA. http://esignrecords.org.