Bureaucracy sometimes requires us to print a document, fill in blank fields, sign it, scan it and send it back. Is there an easy way to fool the bureaucrats when no printer or scanner are available? I already found this website which allows you to make a pdf look liked scanned, but I still haven't figured out yet a way to generate fake handwriting on a pdf document as if it had been written with a pen on actual paper.

  • This is the first time I hear of such a requirement. Have you tried filling in the PDF using a handwritten font and then making it look like scanned? – Saaru Lindestøkke Feb 6 at 16:38
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    you can check answers there. – Andrey Feb 6 at 21:41

I have no idea what your bureaucrats are looking for specifically, but you could just:

  1. take a picture of your writing/signature written on real paper with a real pen
  2. use an editor (PDF or image editor like gimp) to add your small written images onto the PDF
  • If I need to fill in many fields (not just signature), I guess I would have to write on paper all the text, take many pictures and treat them as many "signatures"? – Pablo Messina Feb 6 at 17:11
  • Basically yes. But I'd imagine the signature would be the most important part that needs writing, almost everything else could be "typed" (with a fillable PDF or adding text), couldn't it? – Xen2050 Feb 6 at 17:15
  • Good point, I should try that. The instructions said explicitly to print, write and scan, so I just assumed the bureaucrats at the other end were expecting everything handwritten, but maybe they can tolerate some typing as long as the signature is handwritten, I don't know. – Pablo Messina Feb 6 at 19:37

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