61G1-16.005. Procedures for Signing and Sealing Electronically Transmitted Plans, Specifications, Reports or Other Documents

Effective on Monday, November 11, 2013
  • 1(1) Information stored in electronic files representing plans, specifications, plats, reports, or other documents which must be sealed under the provisions of Chapter 481, F.S., shall be signed, dated and sealed by the architect or interior designer in responsible charge.

    41(a) A scanned image of an original signature shall not be used in lieu of a digital or electronic signature.

    61(b) The date that the electronic signature file was created or the digital signature was placed into the document must appear on the document in the same manner as date is required to be applied when a licensee uses the manual sealing procedure set out in Rule 10861G1-16.003, 109F.A.C.

    110(2) An architect or interior designer utilizing a digital signature to seal construction documents shall assure that the digital signature is:

    131(a) Unique to the person using it;

    138(b) Capable of verification;

    142(c) Under the sole control of the person using it; and

    153(d) Linked to a document in such a manner that the electronic signature is invalidated if any data in the document are changed.

    176(3) 177Each electronically signed file shall have an authentication code defined as a message digest described in Federal Information Processing Standard Publication 180-4 “Secure Hash Standard,” March 2012, which is hereby adopted and incorporated by reference by the Board and can be obtained from 221http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-01340 223or the Internet Website227: 228http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/fips/fips180-4/fips-180-4.pdf229.

    230Rulemaking Authority 232481.2055, 233481.221(2), 234(3) FS. Law Implemented 238481.221(2), 239(3) FS. History–New 4-23-06, Amended 7-29-12, 11-11-13.


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