DocuSign, a global e-signature and digital transaction management (DTM) firm, has formally launched its DocuSign Payments in the US.

The roll out follows a successful beta program that started in November 2016.

By offering a fast and easy way to collect payments and signatures in just one step, DocuSign Payments saves time and effort.

The company has collaborated payments platform Stripe, which will enable users to DocuSign and pay using Android Pay, Apple Pay or any major credit card.

Upon connecting DocuSign with Stripe, a sender adds a payment request to their agreement and sends it to the person who needs to sign. Once that signer receives and DocuSigns the document, they can pay using Android Pay, Apple Pay or their credit card, and the funds are collected immediately.

In future, DocuSign will continue to integrate new payment partners including Authorize.Net, Braintree and PayPal while automated clearing house (ACH) payments, recurring payments and other functionality are expected to be available later this year.

DocuSign chief product officer Ron Hirson said: “DocuSign has helped its customers come to agreement digitally for years.

“The idea for payments came from those customers – particularly small business owners who struggle to collect payments on time, and sometimes can't collect at all.

“It was natural to evolve our DTM platform and e-signature service to offer a way for people to pay for goods or services at the same time as electronically-signing an agreement."

After the US launch, DocuSign Payments will be rolled out in Canada, the UK, and Australia in late March 2017.