Professional Licensure Digital Signing and Sealing

Permitting and plan check have traditionally been very manual and paper intensive processes. At Aecosoft, we are focused on changing this by streamlining the way construction professionals and citizens in general interact with government jurisdictions as it pertains to permits. Our solutions are designed to make construction regulation as easy to use as the consumer web, while maintaining or increasing public safety.

As we convert permitting processes to be 100% paperless and online, it is crucial that an individual be able to prove their identity and the integrity of the documentation they submit. It is also imperative that this be done in the most efficient and affordable manner for electronic solutions to be competitive. To this end, Aecosoft is partnering with IdenTrust to integrate ACES Digital Certificates into all of our ePermit and ePlan solutions.

The combination of our software with ACES certificates is simply the easiest and most affordable solution to seal electronic plans and documents. We have rigorously tested our products for compatibility and have integrated ACES every step of the way to make sure that users have a seamless experience. Our joint solutions are also thoroughly standards compliant so that they should be accepted by any government agency offering electronic permits and plan check. Aecosoft software is fully compliant with the PDF standard (ISO 32000-1 / PAdES Standard (ETSI TS 102 778)) and Open XML Format (ECMA 376). IdenTrust ACES digital seals follow the X.509 v.3 Digital Certificate standards and are NIST Level 3 assurance.

IdenTrust was the first certified ACES issuer by the GSA. We have been issuing ACES certificates for over 8 years. Customers have provided written and verbal feedback on their high level of satisfaction based on our superb customer service.

Please note: ONLY THE SUBSCRIBER OF THE CERTIFICATE SHOULD HAVE EXCLUSIVE USE - THE DIGITAL CERTIFICATE IS YOUR FORM OF IDENTIFICATION, SIMILAR TO YOUR PASSPORT OR DRIVERS LICENSE. Under the GSA Certificate Policy, it is our responsibility as an Authorized Certification Authority to revoke the certificate in a case of loss or disclosure of the private key (Password) to anyone other than the subscriber.

ACES Digital Certificate:

Access Certificates for Electronic Services (ACES)
Business Representative Employee authorized to act on behalf of a company Identity Authentication Digital Signature/Signing
Usage: authenticate yourself as an employee (affiliated) of a valid business when signing emails and documents, and identifying yourself to gain access to restricted web sites.
two years

Unaffiliated Individual Individual representing him/herself Individual Certificates are sold to those who are acting as representatives of themselves, not on behalf of a company.

If you are a sole proprietor and wish to have your identity authenticated independently from your company, more personal information is required, including social security number, credit card number, driver's license number, and home phone number.
two years

During the registration process, you will be presented with hardware storage options for your certificate. Please select USB Token.

How to Trust IdenTrust ACES Root Certificate in Adobe Reader:

Adobe Reader requires one-time trusting of the IdenTrust ACES Root certificate. This can be accomplished by installing the attached .fdf on the computer that is being used. In order to "trust" the IdenTrust ACES Root Certificate, you will need to follow these instructions:

  1. Double click on the IdenTrust-ACES-CA.fdf file
  2. Click "Set Contact Trust" to add the Certificate to the List of Trusted Identities
  3. Check the box next to:
    1. In Adobe 6 - "Trust Signatures created with this Certificate"
    2. In Adobe 7, 8 - "Trust this Certificate for: Signatures and as a Trusted Root"
    3. In Adobe 9 - Choose the "Use this certificate as a trusted root" checkbox
  4. Click "OK" or "Import", click "OK" again, then click "Close"