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Digital Signature Certificates

Digital Signature Certificates

Digital Signature Certificates is a secure digital key that is issued by the certifying authorities for the purpose of validating and certifying the identity of the person holding this certificate. Digital Signatures make use of the public key encryption to create the signatures.

A digital signature certificate (DSC) contains information about the user’s name, pin code, country, email address, date of issuance of certificate and name of the certifying authority.

Classes of DSC

The type of applicant and the purpose for which the Digital Signature Certificate is obtained defines the kind of DSC one must apply for depending on the need. There are three types of Digital Signature certificates issued by the certifying authorities.

Class 1 Certificates: These are issued to individual/private subscribers and are used to confirm that the user’s name and email contact details from the clearly defined subject lie within the database of the certifying authority.

Class 2 Certificates: These are issued to the director/signatory authorities of the companies for the purpose of e-filing with the Registrar of Companies (ROC). Class 2 certificate is mandatory for individuals who have to sign manual documents while filing of returns with the ROC.

Class 3 Certificates: These certificates are used in online participation/bidding in e-auctions and online tenders anywhere in India. The vendors who wish to participate in the online tenders must have a Class 3 digital signature certificate.

How to Apply for DSC?

Following are the requirements for Applying for Digital Signature Certificate

1.Submission of DSC Application form duly filled in by the applicant

2. Producing Photo ID proof

3.Producing  Address proof

Points to Remember

  • Digital signatures are issued for 1 or 2 years. After their validity has expired, they need to be renewed
  • A person can have different DSCs – one for official purpose and the other DSC for personal purpose
  • Digitally signed documents are acceptable in legal courts as an evidence or proof

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