Papersign vs DocuSign

Simplify document signing with Papersign—the best alternative to DocuSign

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Strong security & compliance

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Papersign vs. DocuSign


Papersign is an eSignature solution designed to simplify creating, sending and signing documents online. The powerful document editor lets you go from a blank page to a customised, branded and signed document in just a few minutes. Papersign places high priority on security and complies with several eSign regulations in the US, EU, UK, AU and NZ.


DocuSign is one of the biggest eSignature tools on the market with lots of eSignature features such as PDF editor, electronic notarization, contract lifecycle management, and identity verification. DocuSign places a high priority on security and has certifications in several regulatory and industry standards, plus real-time document tracking and audit trails to keep a close eye on your files.

A Detailed Comparison

(Updated February 2024)


Free version
Yes, with unlimited access to all the feautres
Yes - Access to document signing only.
Starting price (USD)
$24 per user/month. Unlimited access to all features.
$15 per user/month. Limited access to most features. Limited to 5 documents per month.
1 user


Papersign has two pricing tiers: a Free plan that is limited to 3 signed documents per month, and a Pro plan at $24 per user/month with unlimited e-signatures, documents, and team members (with each additional team member costing $24/month).


DocuSign offers a free limited plan that only allows you to sign documents, while all other features (document creation, document sending, etc.) are not accessible.

DocuSign has 4 pricing tiers, the cheapest starts at $15 per user/month and comes with a 5-document limit. It gives you access to all the basic features needed for eSignatures, such as audit trails, reminders, and templates, but for any other features you’d need to upgrade to their higher pricing plans.

Document Creation & Signing Experience

Create documents from scratch
No built-in Document Editor. Build & edit docs in an external tool like Microsoft Word, or in an add-on tool for an extra $20 per user/month.
Custom Branding
Available on Standard plans & higher plans
Import PDF documents to sign
Reusable Documents
Signing Workflow
Audit Trail
Signed Document Certification of Completion
Signer Delegation
Available on Business Pro plan
Document Expiration
Reject Documents
Pre-filled Fields
Available on Standard plans & higher plans
Pre-built Templates

You can create documents by uploading a PDF document, by building your document directly within Papersign, or a combination of both. You can also use Papersign's large library of pre-built Document Templates to get started.

You can mark up PDFs by simply clicking and adding fields, images and static content that can be dragged and dropped, resized and formatted to match your document. For documents created inside of Papersign, you can use slash commands to quickly insert fields anywhere inside your content.

Fields can be linked to specific information like the signer's name or business address so that they only have to enter it once when signing the document and have their changes reflected everywhere.

You also don’t need to worry about losing track of your contracts, proposals, and more. You’ll get instant notifications to monitor your document’s progress in real-time, and there’s also a simple dashboard to keep an eye on all of your documents at once.

Papersign interface


DocuSign doesn’t have any built-in Document Editor which means if you want to build documents from scratch rather than uploading a PDF file, you’d need to build and edit your document in an external tool like Microsoft Word, or in DocuSign’s add-on tool for an extra $20 per user per month. This means the documents have fewer customization options compared to Papersign.

The signing experience is similar to Papersign. Once you’ve set up your document and signable fields, simply add the email addresses, set up the signing workflow, modify the email reminders, and send it out.

Both tools provide an audit trail to track the signing process as well as a Signed Document Certification of Completion after the document has been signed by all participants.

DocuSign interface (Image Source: DocuSign)

Security & Compliance

SOC 2 Type II
2-factor authentication for signers
UETA and ESIGN Act compliance (US)
ETA & ETR compliance (AU)
eiDAS Regulation compliance (EU & UK)
Yes, except for Qualified Electronic Signatures (QES)
HIPAA compliance
Available on Enhanced plan

When it comes to security and compliance, both Papersign and DocuSign are excellent choices as they both comply with GDPR for privacy control, UETA & eSign Act to e-sign documents in the US, eiDAS Regulation to e-sign documents in the European Union and the United Kingdom, as well as the ETA & ETR regulations for Australia.

Both Papersign and Docusign have also passed System and Organization Controls (SOC) 2 Type II Audit which checks that the software and services are protected by one of the highest recognized standards of information security compliance in the world.

Integrations & Support

Seamless integration with Paperform to automate document creation & signing
A limited number of integrations available for most plans. 400+ API integrations available only on Enhanced Plan.
24/7 support
Live chat


Papersign doesn’t yet have any third-party integrations but has a useful built-in integration with Paperform to tie together payments, scheduling, rich data capture, and signed documents in one place.


DocuSign has a limited number of integrations available for most plans. You can get access to their 400+ API integrations on the Enhanced plan.

Both platforms offer 24/7 customer support via email and a large section of Help Articles on their websites. If you need your questions resolved fast, you can connect with Papersign’s Customer Support via live chat.

Why switch to Papersign?

No hidden add-on costs

While DocuSign comes with a lot of amazing features, most of them are locked behind a paywall, and each pricing plan comes with limits on how many documents can be signed per month.

With Papersign you get access to all the eSignature features with no extra cost: unlimited documents, audit trails, signing workflows, signer delegation, custom branding, document expiration dates, and a whole lot more.

Powerful document customisation

DocuSign has no built-in Document Editor so you’ll have to build your documents and contracts in external programs, or in their add-on tool which costs an additional $20 per user per month.

Papersign has a native document builder that allows you to create custom documents with embedded media right inside your web browser. You can go from a blank page to a branded document ready to be signed in minutes. Upload PDFs, create documents from scratch, or mix and match the two to create custom documents at lightning speed.

Strong security & compliance

Papersign has robust security measures to protect your documents and signatures. It complies with the technical requirements of several eSignature legislations in the US, EU, UK, Australia, and New Zealand to ensure the privacy of your information.

We also comply with GDPR and SOC 2 Type II so our software and services are protected by one of the highest recognized standards of information security compliance in the world.

Our Security Measures

Put your document workflows on autopilot with the Paperform integration

Save time with Papersign’s built-in integration with Paperform and automatically trigger signature requests for your documents. Papersign is super smart, and can dynamically pre-fill your document with a range of known information to prevent tedious re-entry, keeping you ahead of the game and impressing your clients.

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