What is the official signature and what is it used for?
The official signature is the legally valid electronic signature of an authority that is visibly affixed to notices and other documents. This makes it clear to the recipient that it is an official document from the designated office.
The official signature is visually represented by the figurative mark of the authority (comparable to a "round stamp") as well as an indication that the document has been officially signed. This ensures that the document originates from the authority in question. Verification mechanisms for the signature and a verification option for the printout must be provided by the authority.
What are the characteristics of the official signature?
The official signature is composed of the following elements:
- Picture mark
- Indication that the document has been officially signed
- Information about the verification of the electronic document and the printout of the document
Here you will find the secured publication of the figurative mark in accordance with Section 19 (3) of the E-Government Act and signature blocks.
How is the official signature displayed?
The City Magistrate of Innsbruck uses the official signature in various administrative areas. The representation takes place in one of the following forms (signature blocks):
How do I check an official signature?
You can check the official signature at www.signaturpruefung.gv.at.
How do I verify the printout of an official signed document?
You can have the printed document verified at the issuing authority using the contact details given in the letterhead. In doing so, the sender of the document will make a determination as to whether it is indeed its execution after the complete printout is presented.
To do this, you must submit the complete printout to the authority:
- in person
- by fax
- by e-mail (scan of the document)
- by mail (original or copy)
Last updated 27.03.2023