Single Signature vs Multiple Signatures

There are two ways to accept signatures on your Google Forms - with important differences


Summary

Single Signature

Advanced electronic signature: firmly links one individual's signature to one Form - creating a signed document

Multiple Signatures

Electronic signature to capture bulk signatures for all respondents of a Form

Use case

Single Signature

Agreements, contracts, and other forms which are personalised and of a one-to-one nature, and require a high quality signature that both parties can be confident in

Multiple Signatures

Petitions, sign-up forms, terms and conditions, on-site waivers etc. Forms that are general and can be open to many people. Signatories should be able to be contacted in future if required to confirm their identity and signature

Single Signature

Meets or exceeds all requirements for signatures in most jurisdictions. Particularly strong when a copy is sent to the respondent, as it contains their signature and acts as their copy

Multiple Signatures

Meets general requirements for signatures. The open nature necessitates additional steps to positively identify the signatory

Billing

Single Signature

One signature token is consumed when the signature request is made from the add-on sidebar

Multiple Signatures

One token is consumed for each signature that is completed and submitted. No tokens are consumed just by commencing Accepting Multiple Signatures

Ease of use

Single Signature

The signatory will be prompted to leave their Form to draw their signature, then return. This allows them to see it in-situ, and have it sent to them if that setting is turned on. Inattentive users might quit after drawing their signature, and not return to the Form

Multiple Signatures

The signatory has a linear experience. They complete the form as usual, then are presented a link to follow to add their signature. If they didn't present their email and name within the Form itself, they will need to enter these here. On completion, they are finished and can exit

Visibility

Single Signature

Signature is stored within the Form. The signatory will see it in the Form after they've drawn it, and before submitting their answers. It can also be emailed to them if the Form's creator has chosen to (as we recommend). The Form Creator can revisit the Form to view and check the signature

Multiple Signatures

Signatures are stored in the Spreadsheet that's linked to the Form, known as the Response Sheet. This linking is a standard Google feature. The signatory won't see their signature again after drawing it. The Form Creator can review signatures by opening the Response Sheet from the Form, or from Google Drive or Sheets apps