61G15-23.005. Procedures for Electronically Signing and Sealing Electronically Transmitted Plans, Specifications, Reports or Other Documents


Effective on Tuesday, June 19, 2018
  • 1(1) Engineering plans, specifications, reports or other documents which must be signed, dated and sealed in accordance with the provisions of section 23471.025, F.S., 25and rule 2761G15-23.001, 28F.A.C., may be signed electronically as provided herein by the professional engineer in responsible charge. As used herein, the term “electronic signature” shall have the meanings ascribed to them in sections 59668.003(2), 60(3) and (4), F.S.

    64(2) The 66SHA or Secure Hash Standard 71authentication code is described in Federal Information Processing Standard Publication 180-4 “83Secure Hash Standard,86” August 2015, which is hereby adopted and incorporated by reference by the Board and can be obtained from the internet website108: 109http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-05976111.

    112(3) A professional engineer utilizing an electronic signature to sign and seal engineering plans, specifications, reports or other documents shall:

    132(a) Create a static electronic version, such as PDF, of the engineering document(s) that is to be electronically transmitted;

    151(b) Compute an SHA-1 authentication code for each electronic engineering document;

    162(c) Create a printable “signature report” that contains the licensee’s given name, the licensee’s license number, and a list of the electronic files to be signed and sealed that includes a brief description of each engineering document and the SHA authentication code of each engineering document;

    208(d) Print and physically sign, date and seal the “signature report” in compliance with rule 22361G15-23.003, 224F.A.C.; and,

    226(e) Transmit the signed, dated and sealed “signature report” to the receiving party along with each electronically signed, dated and sealed engineering document either by hardcopy or electronic scan. If scanned and sent electronically, the hardcopy of the signed and sealed report shall be retained by the licensee in accordance with rule 27861G15-30.009, 279F.A.C. Each engineering document is considered to be electronically signed and sealed if the document’s SHA authentication code matches the SHA authentication code on the physically signed, dated and sealed “signature report.”

    311(4) The affixing of an electronic signature to engineering plans, specifications, reports or other documents as provided herein shall constitute the signing and sealing of such items.

    338(a) A digitally created seal as set forth in rule 34861G15-23.002, 349F.A.C., may be placed where it would appear if the item were being physically signed, dated and sealed.

    367(b) The date that the electronic signature is to be placed into the document must appear on the document in accordance with subsection 39061G15-23.001(5), 391F.A.C., and where it would appear if the item were being physically signed, dated and sealed.

    407(c) The engineering plans, specifications, reports or other documents being electronically signed and sealed shall include text to indicate the following and place it where an original signature would appear if the item were being physically signed, dated and sealed:

    4471. The same information required by subsection 45461G15-23.002(2), 455F.A.C. if a digitally created seal is not used,

    4642. The item has been electronically signed and sealed using a 475SHA 476authentication codes; and,

    4793. Printed copies of the document are not considered signed and sealed and all 493SHA 494authentication code must be verified on any electronic copies.

    503(d) Formatting of seals and text similar to that depicted below shall be used. While the formatting may be altered, the text must remain identical.

    5281. When a digitally created seal is used:

     

    536This item has been electronically signed and sealed by [NAME] on the date adjacent to the seal using a 555SHA 556authentication code558.

     

     

    559Printed copies of this document are not considered signed and sealed and the 572SHA 573authentication code 575must be verified on any electronic copies.

     

    5822. When a digitally created seal is not used:

     

     

    591[NAME], 592State of Florida, Professional Engineer, License No. 599[NUMBER]

     

    600This item has been electronically signed and sealed by 609[NAME] on the date indicated here 615using a 617SHA 618authentication code.

     

    620Printed copies of this document are not considered signed and sealed and the 633SHA 634authentication code must be verified on any electronic copies.

     

    643Rulemaking Authority 645471.025(1), 646471.033(2), 647471.008 FS. 649Law Implemented 651471.025, 652668.006 FS. 654History–New 11-3-15, Amended 2-3-16, 10-26-16, 9-7-17, 6-19-18.

     

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