Electronic signatures and records are now valid according to the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA). The UETA was approved at the recent National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL), and will go into effect January 1.
But don't give up manually signing your name just yet. Although the UETA was created to support electronic commerce by allowing the use of electronic records and signatures in many transactions, it does not mandate their use.
The UETA provides a technical definition of an electronic signature, but it does not discriminate between different forms of technology. The UETA also authorizes state governments to create, communicate, receive and store records electronically.