Creating a Digital Signature with Adobe Reader/Acrobat

Creating a Digital Signature to sign fillable forms requires Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat.

Adobe Reader can be downloaded for free from Adobe's Reader DC website.


  1. Complete all required fields on the PDF form before signing.
  2. Within the form will be a blank "Signature" box indicated with a red tab in the top left. Scroll to the signature section and double click on the signature box.

    Digital Signature field in Adobe showing an empty field
  3. Select “Create a new Digital ID” then click “Continue”

    Configure a Digital ID for signing box open, with Create a New Digital ID hightlighted
  4. Select “Save to File” then click “Continue”.

    Select the destination of the new Digital ID box open with Save to File highlighted
  5. In the fields on the next screen:
    1. Enter your Full Name
    2. Skip the Organizationl Unit
    3. Skip the Organizational Name
    4. Enter your CCC Student Email Address
      1. Your CCC Student Email follows the format: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    5. Enter your Country/Region
    6. Choose at least 2048-bit RSA for algorithm
    7. Choose "Digital Signatures" for Use Digital ID

      Create a self-signed Digital ID box opened with the fields  filled in with example student data
  6. Create a secure password for your Digital ID that you will remember and click “Save”.
    Ensure you are saving the Digital ID somewhere on your computer where you can find it.

    Save the self-signed Digital ID to a file box open with the password fields highlighted to indicate a password has been filled in
  7. Select the “Digital ID” you created and click “Continue”.

    Sign with a Digital ID box open with the example signature that was created in the prior steps highlighted
  8. Enter the Digital ID Password you created earlier and click “Sign”.

    Sign as 'Coco Comet' box opened, with Coco Comet being the example name given in prior steps. A signature box is shown with Coco Comet large displayed as an example
  9. After you sign tour Digital ID (Signature) will appear in the signature field.

    A filled signature field is shown with Coco Comet large with the date next to the name
  10. Save the completed PDF to a location you remember.
  11. Navigate to the CCC Secure Upload page and follow the instructions to securely send your signed PDF.


NOTE:  Once your signature is created you will be able to use it on all of our PDF forms. Please take note of your Password. If you forget your password you will need to create a new digital ID. If you are using a public computer we recommend that you delete the signature/form once submitted through the Financial Aid Secure Upload.