Wet Signature

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A “wet signature” is a term used to describe a signature that is physically made by a person using a pen or similar writing tool on a paper document. This term is used to differentiate these types of signatures from digital or electronic signatures, which are created and stored electronically. Wet signatures often serve as a person’s official and unique identity mark, especially on legal documents. Despite the growing prevalence of digital alternatives, they have a long history of use. They are still widely accepted as a form of verification and agreement in many situations.

A wet signature is required when ordering a certified copy of a vital record from Kentucky, Kansas, Tennessee, Iowa, Michigan, or North Carolina. Your completed application, documents, FedEx envelope, and pre-paid postage will arrive prepared for you to complete the application by signing the application with a pen, enclosing the document, and placing the envelope in the mail to the health department.

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