Google Forms does not have the option to collect esignatures from the form respondents, but you can use the Formesign addon for Google Forms to add the signature option in your forms.

When to use Forms with esignatures instead of specialized eSignature platforms?

If your primary requirement is to collect signatures on contracts and agreements, then speciialized esignature platforms such as Docusign, Echosign etc might be a good fit. However, if your primary requirement is collect data for membership applications, event registrations, patient intake forms & others, but you also need to collect signatures as part of the form submission, then you can use the Forms with esignatures feature. Form platforms such as Formesign addon for Google Forms provides a streamlined signing experience within the context of form submissions.

How to add signatures in google forms?

  • Install the Formesign addon (click here)

  • Open your form in Google Forms

  • Click on the addon icon

  • Click Formesign

  • Click Configure form

  • Enable signatures and click Next

  • Click Preview to test the form

You can also edit the form to customize the form and then use the share link to collect responses with signatures from your users. For details instructions with screenshots, please refer to this help article.

Use cases for forms with esignatures

Registration forms: Forms with esignatures can be used for event registrations, where participants can sign consent forms, liability waivers, or registration agreements electronically. This streamlines the registration process and eliminates the need for physical paperwork.

Membership Applications: Associations, clubs, and professional organizations can use forms with esignatures for membership applications. Applicants can electronically sign membership agreements, code of conduct forms, or other required documents during the application process.

Waivers and consent forms: In various industries, such as healthcare, fitness, recreation, and event management, forms with esignatures are used to collect consent forms and waivers. Participants or attendees can sign forms electronically to acknowledge the risks, terms, and conditions associated with their participation.

Healthcare use cases for forms with esignatures

Patient intake forms: Forms with esignatures can be used for patient intake processes, where new patients can electronically sign registration forms, medical history questionnaires, privacy notices, and consent forms before their initial visit or appointment.

Acknowledgment of privacy practices: Forms with esignatures can be used to ensure patients acknowledge their understanding of privacy practices and HIPAA regulations. Patients can electronically sign privacy notices, acknowledging how their protected health information (PHI) will be used and disclosed.

Authorization for medical records: Patients can electronically authorize the release of their medical records to other healthcare providers, insurance companies, or third-party entities. This includes signing consent forms for medical record requests, sharing information for referrals, or participating in research studies.

Informed consent for procedures: Healthcare providers can use forms with esignatures to obtain informed consent from patients before medical procedures, surgeries, or treatments. Patients can review the risks, benefits, and alternatives and provide their electronic signature to indicate their understanding and agreement.

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