Activating the mobile phone signature ('Handy-Signatur')
The mobile phone signature ('Handy-Signatur') is your personal signature which you can use to identify yourself clearly on the internet. It allows you to sign documents and accounts legally. It is equivalent to a handwritten signature and is therefore your digital passport on the internet.
Apply for a mobile phone signature now – your legal electronic signature.
A summary of the benefits
- Your digital passport on the internet;
- A convenient legal signature for electronic documents;
- Complete formalities online and use commercial electronic services;
- Extremely secure and free to use.
- A mobile phone that must be able to receive SMS messages (it does not have to be a smartphone);
- which has an Austrian or German SIM card;
- which can be a pay-as-you-go phone.
EU citizens need an Austrian telephone number to activate the mobile phone signature.
How to obtain your mobile phone signature
You can activate it in person at a registration authority or tax office anywhere in Austria.
- an official photo ID card;
- Time needed: a few minutes, although you must book an appointment
Follow this link for a list of registration authorities (→ Bürgerkarte)German text
Apply to activate the mobile phone signature on FinanzOnline. Log in with your FinanzOnline login details and select ‘Bürgerkarte/Handy-Signatur aktivieren’ [activate citizen's card/mobile phone signature] from the menu.
- FinanzOnline login details
- time needed: You will receive a letter of confirmation within a few days.
Follow this link FinanzOnline (→ BMF)German text
Go to your online account with Österreichische Post AG to activate your mobile phone signature in four easy steps.
Follow this link to go to → Österreichische Post AGGerman text
Students and teachers can activate their mobile phone signature online by going to edugov.gv.at.
- a minimum age of 14;
- resident in Austria.
Follow this link to go to → edugov.gv.atGerman text
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