The instructions attached require Adobe Acrobat Pro to perform on your computer. If you do not have Acrobat Pro, please contact Commonwealth Help Desk  and request that it be installed.

Step One: Importing Your Signature Image

Sign your name on a clean, white piece of paper with a black pen.  Scan or take a photo of it with your mobile device and email it to yourself (you can also use the webcam on your laptop), and once you've received the file, save it to a location on your computer (do not save to a server, or any removable media such as a USB flash drive. The file will need to reside on your machine).  You may want to crop the image file in Preview (Mac), or Microsoft Paint (Windows).  

Step Two: Creating Your Digital Signature

In Adobe Acrobat Pro, select Preferences from the Acrobat menu (Mac) or Edit menu (Windows).  


*If you are using Acrobat Pro X, select Security in the Categories pane.  Click "New".  

*If you are using Acrobat Pro XI , select Signatures in the Categories pane.  Under the first section, Creation & Appearance, click the "More..." button.  In the following window, under Appearances, click "New".  

Under Title, give your signature a name (purely cosmetic).  

Under Configure Graphic, click the "File..." button, select "Browse", and choose the picture of your signature you prepared earlier.  Note: By default, it will only allow you to select Acrobat PDF FIles.  If your the image file you created earlier is in a different format, click the Show drop down menu at the bottom of the window, and select the file type that you saved the signature in.  

Under Configure Text, uncheck the boxes next to Distinguished name, Reason, and Location.  

Click OK.  Your signature is now saved.  

Step Three:  Signing Documents

If you are using Adobe Acrobat X, open a PDF in Acrobat, and choose Advanced>Sign & Certify>Sign Document (or Place Signature).  

If you are using Adobe Acrobat XI, choose Fill & Sign (located in the upper right hand corner of the window)>Work With Certificates>Sign with Certificate.

The first time you attempt to sign a document, you'll be asked to add a Digital ID.  Choose "A new digital ID I want to create one now" and click Next.  

Fill in your full Name, Organization Name (Commonwealth//McCann), and Email Address, and click Next.  

Leave the default File Name, and choose a password that you will remember (you will use this password every time you digitally sign).


Click Finish.  Make sure to choose the signature you created from the Appearance drop down menu in the middle of the window and click Sign.