How to set up a Digital Signature in Adobe Acrobat Pro

How to setup a Digital Signature in Adobe Acrobat Pro

Requirements: A subscription to Adobe Acrobat Pro or Creative Cloud

  1. Open Acrobat Pro
  2. Click Edit>Preferences (NOTE: On Mac, this is Acrobat Pro DC > Preferences)
  3. Click Signatures under the Categories section
  4. Click the More button under the Identities and Trusted Certificates
  5. Click on Digital IDs on the left
  6. Click the “Add ID” icon (it has a ‘+’ sign on it)
  7. Select “A new digital ID I want to create new” and click Next
  8. Select New PKCS#12 digital ID file. Click Next (NOTE: This is not a step on Mac. Continue to step 9)
  9. Add the following information:
    • Name: Full name
    • Organizational Unit: Your department or School/College
    • Organization Name: (UNH, GSC, etc)
    • Email address: your full employee email address
    • Country Region: no change
    • Key Algorithm: Set to 1024-bit RSA
    • Use digital ID for: select Digital Signatures
  10. Click Next
  11. Choose a password for this Digital ID. The only requirement is it must be 6 characters or more
    • IMPORTANT: This is not your USNH or Adobe password (although it can be set as one or the other if you wish). There is no way to reset this password if you forget it. The only recourse is to create a new Digital ID
  12. Click Finish
  13. You should see your new digital ID in the list. Highlight it and click the Pencil icon (Usage Options). Select “use for Signing”
  14. Click the ‘X’ in the upper-right corner to close this window (Upper left on Mac)


Next, set up a Time Server


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Applicable Institution(s):
Granite State College (GSC)
Keene State College (KSC)
Plymouth State University (PSU)
University of New Hampshire (UNH)
USNH System Office