Sign documents on Google Docs with eSignature

You can easily sign important documents right in Google Docs.

Whether you’re an event planner or digital creator, it can be a challenge to stay on top of waivers, contracts, and other documents that need to be signed. This beta feature will help you quickly execute agreements whether you're at home, in the office or on the go. 

To get started, follow the instructions below. Note, use of this feature is subject to the following terms and conditions.

Enrollment and eligibility

The eSignature feature for Google Docs is currently in beta. Participation requires an active Google Workspace Individual subscription which you can use to request enrollment to the beta via a Google Form. 

If you're not a Google Workspace Individual subscriber, you can sign up at workspace.google.com/individual. If you are, please complete this form using the email that you used to register for your Workspace Individual subscription.

Important: Since this is a limited beta, not all requests will be approved at this time. Enrollment requests may take up to two weeks to process.

Create a document for eSignature

  1. Go to drive.google.com and either create a new document or open an existing one that you’d like to use.

  2. Go to File and then eSignature.

  3. In the right side pane, click Add a field to request.
  4. Select Signature to add this field to your doc.
  5. Once you have added all of the appropriate fields, click Request signature in the right side panel.
  6. Enter the email address for the individual whom you would like to sign the document.
    1. Important:: For now, this feature only supports requests to Google accounts and only allows a signature field to be added for the recipient.
  7. Click Send.

Important: After you click “Send,” the document will lock to avoid any changes before the signee is able to sign.

Sign a document

Important: For now, this feature only supports requests to Google accounts and only allows a signature field to be added for the recipient.

You will receive an email for any documents that have requested your signature. To sign the contract:

  1. Open the email notification and click the embedded link to open the document.
  2. To begin signing, click Sign which will open the document into a PDF viewer.
  3. Click Sign.
  4. Type your full name.
  5. Click Adopt and sign.
  6. Once you have completed all Signature fields, click Mark Complete.
  7. Select "By checking this box, I agree to these eSignature beta Terms.”
  8. Click Agree & Continue.

You should receive an email confirmation once this has been completed.

Reject a signature request

  1. Open the email notification and click the embedded link to open the doc.
  2. Click Sign which will open the contract into a PDF viewer.
  3. Click Reject.
  4. Provide an optional message for rejection.
  5. Click Reject.

View details of a signature request

  1. Open the email notification and click the embedded link to open the doc.
  2. Click Sign which will open the contract into a PDF viewer.
  3. Click View details to see the status of eSignature requests.

Beta limitations

Product updates may roll out continuously while you're in the beta program, and the team welcomes your feedback as we consider improvements to the feature. For now, the eSignature beta does not yet support the following features.

  • Sending requests to multiple signees
  • Adding two or more signature fields
  • Sending eSignature requests to non-Google/Gmail accounts
  • Dedicated mobile eSignature requesting or signing experience

Feedback

To provide feedback, select Send feedback to Google within the product.

FAQs

FAQs for document creators

How can I make changes to my document after I’ve sent it to the signee?

You cannot unlock the document while you have an active eSignature request. If you need to make changes after a request has been sent, you will need to cancel your eSignature request first by selecting Unlock or Cancel.

How can I rescind a request that I have already sent to a selected signee?

You can cancel the request by opening the current request, clicking MoreMore and then Cancel.

How can I check on the status of my document and whether or not a signee has taken any action?

Go to   File and then eSignature, which will open the panel that contains the document status or click view details.

FAQs for signers

What happens if I reject the request?

The requestor should receive an email that it has been rejected.

I signed the document but haven’t received the finalized document, where can I find this?

You should receive a copy of the finalized document in your inbox. If you have not received it, then check your spam inbox. If you still cannot find it, you can file a bug with our team.
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