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About Digital Signature Services


Digital signature certificates (DSC) are the digital equivalent (i.e. electronic format) of physical or paper certificates. Examples of physical certificates are driving licenses, passports or membership cards. Digital Signature is intended to solve the problem of tampering and impersonation in digital communications Digital signatures can provide the evidence of origin, identity and status of electronic document..

There are various types of Digital Signatures that cater to specific needs. Classes I type of Digital Signatures are only used for securing email communication. Class II type of Digital Signatures is available for download after verification based on a trusted and pre-verified database. Class III type is act as a higher level issued only after registrant’s identity verification has been done by registration authority. Digital Signatures come in the form of a USB E-Token, wherein the Digital Signature Certificate is stored in a USB Drive and can be accessed through a computer to sign documents electronically.

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Why Digital Signature (DSC)

  • Digital signature maintain the integrity of our transaction is vital throughout the entire process.
  • Digital signatures is just like the electronic fingerprint which provide the highest levels of security and universal acceptance.
  • Class II Digital Signatures-It is used for company, LLP registrations, IT Return E-filing etc.
  • Class III Digital Signatures-It is used mainly for E-Tendering and Participation in E-Auctions.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a Digital Signature?
– It is just like an electronic fingerprint.
Who can obtain a Digital Signature?
It can be obtained by any person (Indian Citizen and Foreign Nationals) and any type of business entity i.e.-Partnership, LLP, Company, Trust and others.
How long does it take to obtain a Digital Signature?
A Digital signatures can be hardly takes 1to 3 working days from date of submitting the application along with the required Documents(driving department/voter card/passport/Director PAN card/Director photo etc)
Is physical verification required before issuing Digital Signatures?
No, physical verification is not required for issuing a Digital Signature.
What are the documents required to register DSC?
For individuals its required application form, identity proof, address proof..and for organization it required application form, authorization letter, identity proof, organization proof, attesting officer proof.
What is a Digital Signature Certificate?
Digital signatures certificate are just like the electronic fingerprint which provide the highest levels of security and universal acceptance. It act as the digital equivalent (i.e. electronic format) of physical or paper certificates.
Is a company required to obtain a Digital Signature Certificate in its own name for e-filing?
Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) is not required by Companies but by individuals. For example the Director or the Company Secretary, signing on behalf of the Company requires a DSC.
Are all directors of a company required to obtain DSC?
No. Only the directors, who will be the authorized signatories of the company, for the e-filing purpose, are required to obtain a DSC.
Can I do e-filing of documents if I do not possess a DSC?
No. it is mandatory to have a valid digital signature certificate for e-filing the forms on MCA portal.
Are multiple DSCs required for professionals rendering services to different companies?
No. A DSC is unique to each individual. If a professional has obtained a DSC, he/ she can use the same DSC for e-filing of forms for multiple companies, provided he/ she has been authorized to do so by the respective companies.
Is the Company Secretary in whole-time employment required to obtain a DSC?
Yes. If the Company Secretary is an authorized signatory, he/ she is required to obtain a DSC.
What safety precautions should one take while using a Digital Signature?
You should keep the media carrying your digital signature safely and not disclose your password to anybody.
Why is Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) required?
Digital Signature Certificate, like hand written signature, establishes the identity of the sender filing the documents through internet which sender cannot revoke or deny.
Who issues the Digital Signature Certificate?
A licensed Certifying Authority (CA) issues the digital signature. Certifying Authority (CA) is a trusted entity that issues electronic document that verify a digital entity’s identity on the internet.
What are the different types of Digital Signature Certificates?
Basically it is three types:- Class I type of Digital Signatures are only used for securing email communication. Class II type of Digital Signatures is available for download after verification based on a trusted and pre-verified database. Class III type is act as a higher level issued only after registrant’s identity verification has been done by registration authority.
What type of Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) is to be obtained for e-filing on the MCA Portal?
Class 2 and Class 3 category issued by a licensed Certifying Authority (CA) needs to be obtained for e-filing on the MCA Portal.
What is the cost of obtaining a Digital Signature Certificate?
The cost of obtaining a digital signature certificate may vary as there are many entities like class 2 and class3 from the range RS.1500 to 2800.
How much time do CAs take to issue a DSC?
The time taken generally to issue DSC is 24 hrs from the time of receipt of form.
What is the validity period of a Digital Signature Certificate?
The Certifying Authorities are authorized to issue a Digital Signature Certificate with a validity of one or two years.
What is the legal status of a Digital Signature?
Digital Signatures are legally admissible in a Court of Law, as provided under the provisions of IT Act, 2000.
How can you carry a Digital Signatures Certificate to the Physical Front Office (PFO)?
You can store your Digital Signature in a Smart Card/ Pen Drive/ Removable Media to carry the same to the PFO for digitally signing the e-forms.
How is a Digital Signature affixed to an e-form?
Click the Digital Signature field in the e-form. The system will prompt you to sign the e-form through a digital signature that is stored on your Pen Drive/ CD.
What if somebody gains possession of my digital signature?
Digital Signatures are password protected and cannot be copied from a digitally signed document.
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