Adobe Acrobat: Sign in to Activate Acrobat Pro DC Enterprise License

The University of Minnesota has an Enterprise license for Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, which covers Acrobat use by current faculty and staff (retired staff and faculty are NOT eligible). To use this license, sign in to an AdobeID is required. Adobe Sign is not part of the University's Enterprise Acrobat Pro DC license.

The sign in process described here only applies to the Acrobat Pro DC Enterprise license at the University of Minnesota and is a result of license changes by Adobe. For general information on this change see the Adobe Acrobat Pro Licensing Changes webpage

Note: This article is for signing in to Adobe Acrobat Pro for editing or creating .PDF documents. If you are using other Adobe products such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Dreamweaver, InDesign, etc. please follow Sign In To Adobe Creative Cloud.

Activate Acrobat (new installation or license change)

The first time Acrobat is started after installation or a license change, sign in to an AdobeID is required.

  1. Start Acrobat.
  2. Enter your University of Minnesota email address when sign in is requested. 

 Adobe Sign in screen showing entering UMN email address, clicking Continue, while Continue with Google option has been chosen

  1. Select Continue.
  2. You might be asked to select a Personal or Company or School account. If so, select Company or School.

Select an account screen showing the Company or School Account option chosen

  1. Use your UMN internetID and password to complete signing in through UMN authentication.

UMN Authentication Screen

  1. You should then be able to start Acrobat. Acrobat will show that you are signed in to an Adobe Account.

Adobe Account icon in upper right corner of screen with UMN email address and Adobe Account shown.  This screen shows that you have successfully logged into your Adobe Acrobat Pro account the correct way.

You do not need to sign out each time you close Acrobat. If you do sign out from within Acrobat, you will need to repeat the above sign in process the next time you start Acrobat.

Additional Information

How to get access to the license?

If a University owned device, the software should be available in Software Center or Self Service. If it is not, contact the OIT Service Desk. They can put in a request if you explain your business need for Acrobat Pro.

If it is a device you personally own, you can download the application directly from Adobe following the directions listed at install for Work at Home Use or Non Managed University Owned Device.

Who can use this license?

  • Acrobat Pro DC, Enterprise license is only available to current University of Minnesota faculty and staff.
  • Work at Home Rights for faculty and staff for Acrobat Pro DC are available. To install, start at, sign in with UMN email address and "company or school" account as described above, then look for the Adobe Document Cloud link.
  • This license is not available for these account types: Student, Sponsored, Departmental, Retired staff, Retired faculty (including emeritus).
  • For student staff who require Acrobat for work purposes, supervisors may contact [email protected] to request student access.
  • Adobe Sign is not included under the Enterprise License Agreement.

Coordination with other Adobe licenses

  • Adobe Creative Cloud licenses also require sign in, but use a use a different account type than the Acrobat Pro Enterprise license. For Creative Cloud licenses including products such as Photoshop or InDesign, select "Personal" as the account type.
  • If you have a Creative Cloud license and that license includes Acrobat, use Acrobat through the Creative Cloud license. The "Personal" account type for CC licenses conflicts with the "Company or school" account type used with our Acrobat Pro DC Enterprise license.