Digital Signature Certificate2023-08-21T12:04:12+05:30

Digital Signature Certificate Online

Digital Signature is an electronic form of a signature that is stored in a token that can be used to sign any document electronically.

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    What is Digital Signature Certificate?

    A Digital Signature Certificate (DSC), also known as a Digital Signature, is a form of electronic signature that individuals use to authenticate their identity as the signers of a document. It ensures that the content or document is legitimate and unchanged. In addition, it offers great convenience and someone else cannot replicate or forge it.

    Certifying Authorities (CA) issue the Digital Signature Certificate (DSC), which includes details about the applicant’s name, email address, country, pin code, date of issuance, date of certificate expiry, and the certifying authority’s name.

    Further, various government ministries and departments have adopted it, and now it has become a statutory requirement for various applications and tenders.

    Classes of Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)

    • Class 2 Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)

    Class 2 DSC is issued to individuals and organizations. This type of Digital Signature is used for the E-filing of documents and applications with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), Income Tax Department, GST Department, etc. for incorporation and return filing purposes.

    However, w.e.f. 1st January 2021 issuance of a new Class 2 DSC has been discontinued in India, but the existing Class 2 DSC can be used till the expiry period.

    • Class 3 Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)

    Class 3 DSC is also issued to individuals and organizations. It is considered high assurance certificates and the security standards are higher than Class 2 DSC. Class 3 digital signature can be used for the E-filing of documents and applications with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), Income Tax Department, GST Department, etc. for incorporation and return filing purposes.

    Therefore, w.e.f. 1st January 2021, only Class 3 DSC is issued to individuals and organizations as Class 2 DSC has been discontinued.

    • DGFT Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)

    A DGFT Digital Signature is required to digitally sign any documents in electronic format or for transactions being performed on the DGFT portal. DGFT Digital Signature Certificate is generally required by importers and exporters. It is used on the DGFT portal by Organizations or individuals who have obtained a valid IEC (Importer Exporter Code) code.

    It is used to apply for licenses electronically with the DGFT and digitally sign online license applications. DGFT has extended attractive monetary incentives amounting to a 50 % waiver on license fees for those Exporters and Importers using DGFT Digital Signature Certificates. Import Export Code (IEC) is mandatory to obtain a DGFT DSC.

    Types of Digital Signature Certificate

    • Signature/Signing Only

    Signature DSC can be used only for signing documents. It is generally used for signing Income Tax Returns, GST Returns, MCA forms, and applications on other portals. It can also be used for signing any PDF Document or E-forms.

    • Encryption Only

    Encryption DSC can only be used to encrypt a document, it is normally used by organizations and companies on the tender portal, to encrypt and upload the documents. This certificate can be used to encrypt and send classified information. Encryption DSC is generally used for e-commerce and legal documents that are highly confidential and contain information that needs to be protected.

    • Signing and Encryption (Both)

    Signing and encryption DSC can be used for dual purposes. It is convenient for users who need to authenticate and maintain the confidentiality of the information shared. This could be used for signing returns and forms on various portals as well as for tender purposes.

    Benefits of Digital Signature Certificate Online

    • Better Security

      Digital signatures minimize the risk of duplication or alteration of the signed document. DSC users are provided with a unique token password to authenticate, verify their identity and sign the respective document.

      There is also a time-stamping that provides the date and time of the signature and thus provides a track of the document and eliminates the risk of tampering or fraud. DSC ensures that signatures are verified, authentic and legitimate.

    • Cost and Time Efficient 

      Using a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) can eliminate the need for spending a lot of time and cost on signing, handing over, and storing physical sets of documents. With a DSC, documents can be signed within minutes and stored conveniently on the web or a local device.

      Signing, handover, and storing a physical set of documents requires a lot of time and cost which can be avoided by using a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) which can sign documents in just minutes and can be stored easily on the web or local device.

    • Legal Validity 

      Courts and various authorities accept a digitally signed document as evidence according to the Information Technology Act of 2000. It is on a similar footing as physically signed documents.

    • Simple Process

      A USB token stores the Digital Signature, allowing the user to carry it anywhere. The user can conveniently sign applications or forms whenever they need to. This eliminates the need for an organization to wait for the signer to complete document signing, resulting in reduced turnaround time for tasks such as executing contracts, making payments, issuing invoices, and more.

    Minimum Requirements For Digital Signature Certificate

    • Proof of Identity (POI)

    • Proof of Address (POA)

    • A unique Mobile Number

    • A unique Email Id

    • Passport size photograph

    What does Our DSC Online Package Include?

    • Consultation on the selection of Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) as per requirement

    • Preparation and Submission of application for Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)

    • Video and Tele-verification of Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)

    • Digital Signature Certificate token at your address via courier

    How to apply for Digital Signature Certificate: Process

    • Collection of required documents

      In the very first step, the applicant has to send us the required documents as per the checklist for Digital Signature Certificate (DSC), if the documents are fine, then we would be processing the application process.

    • Submission of application for Digital Signature Certificate Online

      Once, we receive the required documents, we shall prepare the application for the respective DSC and submit the same to registered Certifying Authorities (CA) for processing the applicant’s Digital Signature.

    • Verification of Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) by the Applicant

      After the certifying authority processes the DSC, the applicant needs to verify the provided details through Tele verification and Video verification following standard guidelines. Once the verification is successfully completed, the Certifying Authority will approve the DSC application.

    • Download of Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) in USB Token

      On approval of DSC, the applicant shall receive a confirmation email and message and the Certificate shall be stored in a secured USB Token and can be used for signing and/or encryption of any document. The token can be delivered to the address of the applicant as per his/her requirement.

    Documents Required for DSC Online

    • For Indian Individual DSC

      Proof of Identity (Any one of the below)

      • PAN Card – Mandatory for PAN-based DSC
      • Aadhaar Card as issued by UIAI
      • Voter ID Card
      • Driving License
      • Passport
      • Photo identity card issued by the Central Government or State Government or Public Sector Undertaking

      Proof of Address (Any one of the below)

      • Aadhaar Card as issued by UIAI
      • Voter ID Card
      • Driving License
      • Passport
      • Electricity Bill
      • Landline Telephone or Broadband connection bill
      • Water Bill
      • Consumer gas connection card or book or piped gas bill
      • Bank account statement/Credit card statement
    • For Foreign Individual DSC

      Proof of Identity

      • Copy of Passport duly attested
      • Copy of VISA duly attested – If Applicant is out of native country
      • Resident Permit Certificate – If Applicant is in India

      Proof of Address

      • Copy of Passport duly attested
      • Copy of any other Government issued address proof duly attested
    • For Organisation DSC

      • Registration certificate or Certificate of Incorporation of Organisation
      • PAN Card of Organisation or Proprietor
      • GST Certificate
      • Charter Documents such as MOA, AOA, LLP Agreement, Partnership Deed, Trust Deed, etc. of the Organisation
      • Recent Bank Statement or Bank Certificate (Optional)
      • Board Resolution or Authorisation Letter
      • Applicants PAN Card who is applying on behalf of Organisation
      • Applicants Address proof who is applying on behalf of Organisation


    What is the validity of the Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)?2021-09-15T13:40:37+05:30

    A digital signature certificate once issued is valid for a period of 2 years, after 2 years a new DSC has to be issued as fresh.

    Who can apply for Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)?2021-09-15T13:40:09+05:30

    DSC can be applied by following persons –

    1. Individual Person (who is a resident of India)
    2. Individual Person (Non-residents Indians)
    3. Individual Person (who is a foreign national)
    4. All types of Organisations such as Hindu Undivided Family (HUF), Partnership Firm, Limited Liability Partnership, Company, Trust, Society, Government or Local Authority
    5. Foreign Organisations
    How much time is needed for getting a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) in India?2021-09-15T13:38:26+05:30

    On average it takes 24-48 hours for getting a Digital Signature Certificate. However, this is also dependent on approval by Certifying authorities and time taken by the applicant for verification.

    Do I need to be physically present during this process?2021-09-15T13:37:57+05:30

    No, processing of a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) is a completely online process. All the required documents are filed electronically, so you would not need to be physically present at all. You would just need to send us scanned copies of all the required documents.

    Can a person have more than one DSC?2021-09-15T13:37:13+05:30

    Yes, a person can hold legally more than one DSC.

    Which type of Digital Signature Certificate is required for Importers-Exporters?2021-09-15T13:34:48+05:30

    Class 3 DGFT Digital Signature Certificate is required on the DGFT Portal. DGFT Digital Signature is valid for 1 year or 2 years.

    Where is the Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) downloaded and stored?2021-09-15T13:34:20+05:30

    Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) is downloaded and stored in the USB token.

    What is a USB token for Digital signature Certificate (DSC)?2022-11-21T15:02:55+05:30

    A USB token is a password-protected device in a physical form wherein a personal identity is established. It enhances digital security as it proves the identity of the user in electronic form. The USB token has unique in-built software that enables users to identify and open digital signatures. The terms ‘USB token’,’e-token’, and ‘dongle’ can be used interchangeably.

    Can I make any corrections or changes to the Digital Signature details once it is downloaded?2021-09-15T13:32:19+05:30

    No, once DSC is downloaded, details cannot be changed. You need to revoke the current certificate and apply for a new one by following the same process as the one you used for the previous one.

    What are the cases where the Digital Signature Certificate can be revoked?2021-09-15T13:31:48+05:30

    A Digital Signature Certificate can be revoked under various circumstances such as change of personal data, change of relationship with the organisation, or where the DSC token has been lost or stolen.

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