DSC or Digital Signature is a physical signature in an electronic format.
Digital Signatures are used in India for online transactions such as Filing Annual Return, Company or LLP Incorporation,
Income Tax E-Filing, E-Tenders, etc.
Few Examples of physical certificates are drivers' licenses, passports or membership cards. Certificates serve as proof of identity of an individual for a certain purpose; for example, a driver's license identifies someone who can legally drive in a particular country. Likewise, a digital certificate can be presented electronically to prove one’s identity, to access information or services on the Internet or to sign certain documents digitally.
Types of Digital Signature
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.
Benefits of a digital signature certificate
Digital Signature Certificates are helpful in authenticating the personal information details of the individual holder when conducting business online.
Reduced cost and time:Instead of signing the hard copy documents physically and scanning them to send them via e-mail, you can digitally sign the PDF files and send them much more quickly.
Data integrity: Documents that are signed digitally cannot be altered or edited after signing, which makes the data safe and secure.
Authenticity of documents: Digitally signed documents give confidence to the receiver to be assured of the signer’s authenticity. They can take action on the basis of such documents without getting worried about the documents being
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Digital Signature? It is a physical signature in an electronic format.
Who can obtain a Digital Signature? A Digital Signature can be obtained by any person (Indian Citizen and Foreign Nationals) and any type of business entity (Partnership, LLP, Company, Trust and others).
How long does it takes to obtain a Digital Signature? A Digital signature can be obtained within 1-3 working days from date of submitting the application along with the required Documents.
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? To obtain a Digital Signature, application form for the Digital Signature must be submitted along with a self-attested copy of the applicant’s identity proof and address proof and also along with photograph of applicant.
Is Director Identification Number (DIN) a pre-requisite to apply for DSC? No.