We will be pleased to assist you with any questions you may have regarding sign-me. Would you like to know about the sign-me requirements for your system environment? Or perhaps about the sales partners who you can contact? Then you have come to the right place. We can also offer you useful tips, security information and details of the sign-me software.

Frequently Asked Questions

sign-me card

Here you will find the FAQs regarding the sign-me card - our service for qualified signing with the German ID card.


Here you will find the FAQ section for sign-me, Bundesdruckerei's remote signature service.

Information about the sign-me card

Discontinuation of the sign-me card

Applying for a new sign-me certificate which is to be loaded onto the German ID card or the electronic residence permit is no longer possible since the end of June 2017.

Certificates already stored on the German ID card or electronic residence permit are not concerned and can still be used for the qualified signature until they expire.

Bundesdruckerei will soon provide the eIDAS-compliant remote signature based on identification using the online ID function of the German ID card or electronic residence permit.

Please note the following:
Documents can still be signed online using the sign-me signature portal. As of 2018, the application used by sign-me will no longer be supported by standard browsers.

sign-me signature portal

In the sign-me signature portal, you can generate a qualified signature using your ID card, electronic residence permit or signature card.

Requirements for your system environment

This section provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding the system requirements.

Useful tips

This section provides useful tips for sign-me.

Our security information for sign-me applets

This section provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding the security settings of the sign-me applet.

Signature software

Here you can find a list of compatible signature software that can be used with your sign-me certificate.

Information about the remote electronic signature with sign-me

The following privacy issues are laid down in the partner contract:

Both parties to the contract undertake to comply with the statutory provisions regarding privacy and shall

  1. use the data transmitted by the other party hereto exclusively in order to perform this contract and shall delete such data as soon as it is no longer needed;
  2. oblige their employees to respect data privacy pursuant to Section 5 of the Federal Data Protection Act [§ 5 BDSG] or the General Data Protection Regulation.

The parties hereto undertake to make and enter into and to implement the privacy agreements required by statutory regulations. Such agreements shall be entered into in due time before co-operation commences. In the event that the parties hereto are deemed to be jointly responsible or processors in relation to each other, the parties hereto now already undertake to make and enter into the necessary privacy agreements.

When end users are registered, these end users must accept the Privacy Policy statement because personal data is processed for identification.

The SMS-TAN is sent by an SMS Gateway operated at D-TRUST.

Certificate standard x.509 is used. Detailed information about the D-TRUST CSM PKI can be found in the following public document:

All of today's customary browsers are supported, such as Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.

Each quarter, Bundesdruckerei issues a use-based invoice for the past quarter to the partner customer. The basis for billing is book-keeping by Bundesdruckerei. Any additional expenses will be billed. Consultancy services and the flat-rate for system setup are billed following performance. The annual basic license is billed in advance, for the first time together with system setup.

The partner customer requires a document flow via a web service that permits connection to the sign-me API. The API specifications are made available electronically to the partner customer after an NDA has been signed.

The end user must fulfil the following technical requirements:

  • Internet-enabled device with a web browser and a connected camera with sufficient resolution for video identification
  • A stable online connection
  • Possession of a valid official ID document

TLS 1.2 is used to secure the connection to the sign-me web service.

The use of sign-me by partner customers merely requires one contract, the so-called partner contract. The partner customer’s end users must accept the General Terms and Conditions, the Privacy Policy and the Certificate Statement as part of identification.

An initial NDA is sufficient in order to transmit the API. A partner contract is needed in order to transmit the developer kit which includes the software libraries for connection and access to the sign-me test system.

One of the big advantages with sign-me is that end users can digitally sign across different partner customers. This means that end users who are already registered can sign with every partner customer without having to identify themselves again.

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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

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