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.

Requirements

  • 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.

Advice

Sie können die Handy-Signatur bequem von zu Hause über FinanzOnline aktivieren:

  • Melden Sie sich mit Ihren FinanzOnline-Zugangsdaten an
  • Wählen Sie den Menüpunkt "Bürgerkarte/Handy-Signatur aktivieren"
  • Dauer: Sie erhalten binnen weniger Tage einen Bestätigungsbrief.

Voraussetzung:

Ihre Vorteile im Überblick

  • Digitaler Ausweis im Internet
  • Dokumente komfortable rechtsgültig elektronisch unterschreiben
  • Amtswege online erledigen und eServices der Wirtschaft nutzen
  • Hoher Sicherheitsstandard und kostenfreie Nutzung

Voraussetzung

  • ein Handy, das Short Message Service (SMS) empfangen kann (dies muss kein Smartphone sein)
  • das eine österreichische oder deutsche SIM-Karte enthält
  • das Handy kann auch ein Wertkartentelefon sein

Caution

EU citizens need an Austrian telephone number to activate the mobile phone signature.

How to obtain your mobile phone signature

Registration authority

You can activate it in person at a registration authority or tax office anywhere in Austria.

Requirements:

  • 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

FinanzOnline

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.

Requirements:

  • FinanzOnline login details
  • time needed: You will receive a letter of confirmation within a few days.

Follow this link FinanzOnline (→ BMF)German text

Post.at

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

Edugov.gv.at

Students and teachers can activate their mobile phone signature online by going to edugov.gv.at.

Requirements:

  • a minimum age of 14;
  • resident in Austria.

Follow this link to go to  → edugov.gv.atGerman text

Translated by the European Commission
Last update: 26 January 2021

Responsible for the content: Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs