Standard Life has become one of the first providers to begin moving its transfer process entirely online.
In an email sent to advisers, seen by IFAonline, the provider said the "exciting" news would lead to a quicker service when submitting changes of agency and letters of authority.
There will no longer be any need for a client signature, except in exceptional circumstances, and no requirement to send anything through the post.
The service is a development of Origo's agency administration service, which standardises changes of agency and letters of authority across the 15 providers currently registered.
One generic form is used to request additional agency codes, close agencies or transfers, or to notify a change of membership, address or bank account.
It can also inform product providers of a client's new servicing adviser, or to request information on a client's policies.
Alistair Cunningham, financial planner at Wingate FP, said the news could be significant if other providers were to follow suit.
"I cannot understand how so many financial transactions, in some cases multi-billion or trillion, are done without an ink signature, but we are expected to use ink to request information on a £5,000 ISA," he said.
"Standard Life has generally led the way; they tend to be quite innovative in terms of paperless processing.
"We very often have to send scanned and faxed copies of documents through to providers along with a signature, which is a pain."
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