The rules for obtaining and using an electronic signature change

Starting with July 1, the rules for obtaining and using an electronic signature will change. The changes were made by Federal law No. 476-FZ of 27.12.2019. In particular, a new type of organization will appear in 2021: a trusted third agent. Their main tasks will be: verifying the validity of electronic signatures, certificates and permissions of participants in electronic interaction. This will ensure secure work with an electronic signature and prevent fraud in this area.

Also, from January 1, 2021, Certification Centers will have the right to store and use the electronic signature key (remote electronic signature) on behalf of the client. Therefore, owners will be able to sign electronic documents from any electronic device without installing special programs. In addition, remote storage of the electronic signature will make it easier to track signed documents, because the entire history of their signing will be saved in the certification center.

Also, in accordance with the new law, the procedure for obtaining an electronic signature will change from January 1, 2022. Heads of credit institutions will be able to do this in the Central Bank of the Russian Federation only, heads of state authorities — in the Federal Treasury, heads of commercial enterprises and individual entrepreneurs — in the Federal Tax Service. The latter category will also be able to identify personal data and receive the electronic signature remotely, including using a valid certificate. Employees of a legal entity or individual entrepreneur may receive the electronic certificate at the commercial Certification Centers. The machine-readable power of attorney should be attached to confirm your credentials.

Electronic certificates for employees received before July 1 are valid until the end of 2021.