Uniform Electronic Transactions Act
The Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA) was developed by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws to provide a legal framework for the use of electronic signatures and records in government or business transactions. UETA makes electronic records and signatures as legal as paper and manually signed signatures.
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Forty-seven states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands have adopted the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA) promulgated by the Uniform Law Commission (also known as the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws). See the ULC web site for more information.
Three states, Illinois, New York and Washington, have not adopted the uniform act, but have statutes pertaining to electronic transactions.
Illinois: 5 ILCS 175/1-101
New York: NY CLS State Technology § 301 et seq.
Washington: Rev. Code Wash. § 19.34.010 et seq.
Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act
Congress enacted the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (E-SIGN) that also establishes the validity of electronic records and signatures. It governs in the absence of a state law or where states have made modifications to UETA that are inconsistent with E-SIGN. By adopting the official version of UETA, states have the authority to modify, limit or supersede some E-SIGN provisions, including its consumer protection provisions.