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Before you can apply a digital signature to a document, you first need to receive your Smartcard and install your card reader.
Once your card reader is successfully installed, you can begin to use your digital signature to sign documents.
Each practising certificate-holder will be contacted by the Society and invited to receive their Smartcard and digital signature before November 2015.
We've produced a step-by-step guide which explains how to apply your digital signature to Microsoft Word documents and Adobe Acrobat PDFs.
Please note that in order to use your digital signature, your practising certificate must be current and your Smartcard must be inserted into the card reader, which is connected to your computer.
If you have not renewed your practising certificate by 31 October, your digital signature will be revoked.
To help improve the appearance of your digital signature, we've created a set of logos which can be inserted into a document to represent your signature.
Our Professional Practice team have produced a Smartcard practical advice guide. This provides support and advice on using your Smartcard once it has been activated.
Before contacting us with any IT queries, please consult the step-by-step guide and check the following:
For general questions relating to the Smartcard, please read the Smartcard FAQs.