Railroad Commission Updates Alternative Fuels Forms in Order to Allow for Electronic Signatures

December 04, 2020

AUSTIN – The Railroad Commission has finalized more than 40 alternative fuels forms to allow operators to use electronic signatures.

The revised forms are part of an agencywide effort to modernize its operations in a digital work climate.

Electronic signatures now have the same force as and are considered equal to an original signature.

“It’s about customer service,” said April Richardson, Director of Alternative Fuels Safety. “Being able to function digitally allows us to better serve our regulated community. It allows operators to conduct business quickly no matter where they are located.”

That is also advantageous during unique situations, such as the current pandemic, when workplace access may be restricted.

The new signatures simplify how companies do business with the Railroad Commission. The agency had previously allowed forms to be submitted electronically, but the forms had to be first printed, signed with a pen, and then scanned in before being sent via email.

The change allows operators to electronically sign forms with whatever computer program that they are using to fill out the forms, such as DocuSign, Adobe Reader, Adobe Professional, or Preview on Macs.

To view and download alternative fuel safety forms, visit the RRC website's Alternative Fuels Forms page


About the Railroad Commission:
Our mission is to serve Texas by our stewardship of natural resources and the environment, our concern for personal and community safety, and our support of enhanced development and economic vitality for the benefit of Texans. The Commission has a long and proud history of service to both Texas and to the nation, including almost 100 years regulating the oil and gas industry. The Commission also has jurisdiction over alternative fuels safety, natural gas utilities, surface mining and intrastate pipelines. Established in 1891, the Railroad Commission of Texas is the oldest regulatory agency in the state. To learn more, please visit http://www.rrc.texas.gov/about-us/.