This is the digital & hand signature authenticity page for Frank Bennardo, PE.
The digital signature you are verifying is validated by a third party. Hand signature validation appears below.
Florida Rule regarding digital signatures can be found by clicking here.
Rules from other states to which our engineers are licensed can be researched online and adopt similar rules.
To understand the difference between a digitally sealed plan and a scan of a hard copy plan, see our Knowledge Base Article by clicking here.
As of January 2020, the Florida Administrative Code reads:
61G15-23.004 Procedures for Digitally Signing and Sealing Electronically Transmitted Plans, Specifications, Reports or Other Documents.
(1) Engineering plans, specifications, reports or other documents which must be signed, dated and sealed in accordance with the provisions of section 471.025, F.S., and rule 61G15-23.001, F.A.C., may be signed digitally as provided herein by the professional engineer in responsible charge. As used herein, the terms “certification authority,” and “digital signature” shall have the meanings ascribed to them in sections 668.003(2) and (3), F.S.
(2) A professional engineer utilizing a digital signature to electronically sign and seal engineering plans, specifications, reports or other documents shall have their identity authenticated by a certification authority and shall assure that the digital signature is:[NOTE BY AUTHOR: DIGITAL SEALS ARE AUTHENTICATED BY A THIRD PARTY AND DON’T NEED AN AFFIDAVIT, THAT’S ONLY IF THIRD PARTY AUTHENTICATION IS NOT USED. SEE BELOW FOR 61G15-23.005 THAT PERTAINS TO ELECTRONIC VS DIGITAL SEALS]
(a) Unique to the person using it;
(b) Capable of verification;
(c) Under the sole control of the person using it; and,
(d) Linked to a document in such a manner that the digital signature and correspondingly the document is invalidated if any data in the document is changed.
(3) The affixing of a digital signature to engineering plans, specifications, reports or other documents as provided herein shall constitute the signing and sealing of such items.
(a) A digitally created seal as set forth in rule 61G15-23.002, F.A.C., may be placed where it would appear if the item were being physically signed, dated and sealed.
(b) The date that the digital signature was placed into the document must appear on the document in accordance with subsection 61G15-23.001(4), F.A.C., and where it would appear if the item were being physically signed, dated and sealed.
(c) The engineering plans, specifications, reports or other documents being digitally signed and sealed shall include text to indicate the following and place it where an original signature would appear if the item were being physically signed, dated and sealed:
1. The same information required by subsection 61G15-23.002(2), F.A.C., if a digitally created image of the seal is not use;
2. The item has been digitally signed and sealed; and,
3. Printed copies of this document are not considered signed and sealed and all signatures must be verified on any electronic copies.[excerpt, see the FAC link above for the full text]
Click Here to download our PDF Presentation to building officials regarding digital vs. electronic seals
Click Here for our knowledge base article on when an engineering seal is required and more on Digital Seals
NOTICE TO BUILDING DEPARTMENTS & OTHER PARTIES: Digital seals are different than electronic seals which require an affidavit. See 61G15-23.005 for more.
THIS RULE DOES NOT APPLY TO OUR DIGITAL SEALS! PLEASE DO NOT ASK US FOR THAT FORM, DIGITAL SEALS ARE 3RD PARTY APPROVED AND EXEMPT FROM THIS REQUIREMENT PER FLORIDA STATUTES.
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