Certifying a Document

Documents can be certified, usually by the person who created it or by the first signer, as being authentic. Additionally, certifying a document prevents signers from making changes to its page content, though the certifier has the option to allow other limited changes to the document, including the addition of markups, the completion of form fields or the application of digital signatures. As such, documents should be certified only when they are complete, including after all digital signature fields have been added.

Certified documents cannot be combined with other documents. Combine documents before certifying or use Sets to view separate signed PDFs as a single collection. Certified documents can be added to a PDF package.

Certified documents cannot have pages inserted into them, nor can pages be extracted from certified, multi-page documents.

Documents that have been certified are automatically locked to editing and their security status cannot be changed unless the certification is cleared. This means that operations that would change the document (for example, adding or deleting pages, flattening markups, running OCR, adding new form fields, and so on) are not permitted; these options are not available/dimmed for these documents.

There are two ways to certify a PDF, depending on whether or not you are also a signer on the document. Please note that after the first signature is added to a PDF, its certification status cannot be changed; if a document needs to be certified, do so as the first signer or, if you are not a signer on the document, before sending it out for signatures.

Certified documents will show a certification statement on the document's Properties panel that can be reviewed at any time. Additionally, when opening a certified document a dialog box will appear prompting the reader to open the Properties panel in order to review the certification statement.