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What Is A Digital Signature?

A digital signature certificate (DSC) is a secure digital key issued by recognised Certifying Authorities (CAs) to validate the identity of the certificate holder.




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  What is a Digital Signature Certificate? - An Overview

It contains an individual name, digital signature, date of issuance of the certificate and date of expiry, and the name of the CA.

  Benefits of a Digital Signature Certificate

Time-Saving And Cost-Saving:Digital signatures ensure a smoother workflow in an organization by limiting the time and cost spent on signing documents and contracts. Documents can be signed by the required persons in a click of a button. This is especially useful when the signer is located in a different area and there is no dependency for him/her to be physically present.

Enhanced Security:

Added security features in DSC prevents unauthorised use of your document and data. No one can fake your signature, tamper the data or alter your document. DSC ensures your signature is valid, verified and legitimate.

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Global Acceptance:

Apart from government bodies like GST, MCA, Income Tax, etc., a DSC is being accepted in all the countries across the world as it offers greater security. DSC is important for companies looking to take part in government tenders.

  Types of Digital Signature Certificate

There are three classes of DSC - Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3 used for different purposes based on the type of entity and need.


certificate is issued to both businesses and individuals, or private subscribers, to confirm the user’s name and email id as mentioned in the consumer database. This is just a basic assurance and is usually not considered to be of major significance.


Similar to Class 1, Class 2 certificate is issued to both the entities - businesses and private subscribers for confirmation of information in the database. It is used during monetary transactions or to access one’s personal information, and for other transactions, where there is a substantial risk of malicious activity. Also, Class 2 is used to file various government forms in India.


certificate is an upgraded version of Class 2. It is issued to individuals and organisations that want to participate in bidding for government tenders or online tenders and auctions. Sometimes the applicants may be expected to be physically present before the CAs to receive a Class 3 certificate. Class 3 signatures are relevant to environments that are prone to data theft, fraudulence and failure of security.

  Documents required to get DSC

Indian Individuals Looking To Obtain DSC Must Submit:

ID proof: Passport/Driving license or any Photo Identity issued by the Govt PAN card, Address proof: Aadhaar card/Voter ID/Driving license/Registration Certificate Attesting Officer proof

Indian Organizations Looking To Get DSC Must Submit:

Partnership deed, if applicable List of Authorised Signatories which could be the list of Directors, Board resolution, etc. Authorised Signatory ID proof GST certificate

  How to apply for a Digital Signature Certificate? - A detailed process

Step 1: Collect Basic Details

We will collect basic details like Name, Gender, Address, Nationality, Country, Email Id, Mobile number, and the usage type of DSC you are applying for. It could be for company incorporation, MCA e-filing, IT filing, GST filing, Foreign trade, e-Tenders or personal use. Accordingly, we will guide you in selecting the right class.

Step 2: Submission Of Supporting Documents

All the necessary documents like PAN card, address proof, passport, etc. with relevant attestation will be collected.

Step 3: Documents Validation

Once the payment is made and the information is verified against the PAN card as in the Income Tax portal, we will validate your documents in two ways:

Video recording:

You will receive a video link to your registered mobile number and email address, where you need to record your personal information like name, DOB, etc. and send it to us.


You will then receive an SMS with the DSC application ID and a mobile number to which you need to reply with your DSC application ID, name, mobile number and email ID. Upon successful verification we will dispatch your Digital Signature Certificate USB token, which is a password-protected physical device containing your digital signature. A USB token also called e-token, dongle or digital signature has a special built-in software that recognises and opens your digital signature.

FAQs on DSC (Digital Signature Certificate)

A Digital signature certificate is valid for 1 to 2 years from the time of issuance. Every signature has the start date and end date. If your DSC expires you can apply again for a digital signature online.

You can get your DSC from IndiaTax. We are authorised providers for DSC, and we are partnered with some of the prominent, licensed CAs to get your DSC at the best rate without any hassles and in the most secure way. We require only your basic documents and verify your details against the PAN card registered on the Income Tax portal.

According to the Information Technology (IT) Act 2000, any person or entity which has been granted the license to issue a Digital Signature Certificate is recognised as a Digital Certifying Authority or CA. Before issuing license to a prospective CA, the Controller of Certifying Authorities, Ministry of IT, will first audit the establishment and then ensure compliance requirements are satisfactory, and finally grants the license.

The licensed authorities identified by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology are Safe Scrypt, DRB, (n) Code Solutions, e-Mudhra, NSDL, Capricorn Identity Services, CSC e-Governance Services India Limited, Indian Airforce, Vsign, CDAC, and DRB.

RAs are the agents of the CAs who collect and verify the information and the requisite documents from the applicant. RAs will then decide to approve or reject a DSC application request.

You can use your DSC to send and receive digital files, perform web-based transactions and for signing documents in PDF and MS files. In addition, a DSC is mandatory for registering a company with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs,

Class 2 Digital Signature is used for income tax filing, incorporation of a Pvt Ltd company or LLP, filing of Annual returns, and whenever e-filings are done with MCA and Income Tax department.


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