Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) is a legally recognised method of signing documents electronically.
Digital Signature Certificates are used by programs on the Internet and local machines to confirm the identity of a third party. The digital signatures are now accepted at par with handwritten signatures and the electronic documents that have been digitally signed are treated at par with paper documents.
Digital signatures have often confused with scanned copies of a physical written signature, which do not have any legal backing for authentication of electronic documents.
Class 2 DSC Digital Signature Certificates are mainly used for –
There are different types of Digital Signature Certificate that are used for different purposes.
Application by the DSC AplicantThe Applicant has to fill the prescribed DSC Application Form with required particulars and have to sign the same personally and the physical application is to be submitted to Registration Authority for enrolment.
Enrolment of application by RAThe Registration Authority shall make enrolment of DSC application with portal of Certification Authority for issue of DSC. After verification documents and application by RA, video / mobile verification request for applicant will be initiated.
Video Verification for DSC ApprovalAfter submitting the application and documents to E-Mudhra, the applicant will get a web link for video verification. Video verification can be completed with Desktop of Mobile App.
Mobile No. VerificationAfter video verification, the applicant should also complete verification of “Mobile Number” given in the application form. Applicant must send an SMS to 09945211399 in the below format from the applicant mobile number mentioned in the application.
Download of DSC to E-TokenAfter both the verification, the applicant will get an authentication code for downloading the DSC. On receipt of authentication code, the DSC can be downloaded to the E-Token Storage device.
DSC Application Form
Physical copy of duly filled and signed application with copy of Identity and address proof documents has to be submitted to Certifying Authority.
Crypto Token (E-Token)
Digital Signature Certificate can be stored only on Crypto Token (E-Token).
Any of the following documents can be submitted as ID Proof. All the documents must be self attested by the applicant
Bank Account Passbook containing the photograph and signed by an individual with attestation by the concerned Bank official.
Photo ID card issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs of Centre/State Governments.
All the documents must be self attested by the applicant
Bank Statements with latest transactions signed by the bank
How it works
Place an order and make online payment
Submit the Application and supporting documents
Enrollment of DSC Request
Complete the Video Verification
Complete the Phone Verification
Get Authentication Code
Download the DSC to E-Token
A digital signature is a type of asymmetric cryptography used to simulate the security properties of a handwritten signature on paper. Digital signature schemes normally give two algorithms, one for signing that involves the user's secret or private key, and one for verifying signatures that involves the user's public key.
USB e-Token is a storage device where the Digital Signature can be stored with password protection. E-Token is password protected so that Digital Signature is never lost when computer is formatted or internet explorer changed.
Digital Signature are generally used for filing electronic documents. Class 2 Digital Signature Certificat are used for submission of e-forms with Registrar of Companies, Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), Filing Income Tax Return, Registration under Goods and Service Tax and Filing of Returns, Registration under Provident Funds and Filing of Returns etc.
No. Digital Signature is available in soft format. The CCI has formally discontinued the download of DSC in .pfx format. So, the digital signature can now be downloaded only to a Cryptographic Device.
The Central Government of India has appointed the Controller of Certifying Authorities (CCA) under Information Technology Act 2000 for regulating the issue and management of Digital Signatures in India.
The Controller of Certifying Authorities (CCA) appoints independent agencies as Certifying Authority (CA) for issue of Digital Signature Certificates. CAs are responsible for verification and issuance of DSC to applicant.
Registration Authority (RA) interacts with the DSC applicants for collection of documents and submission to CA and help them for submission of DSC application and in some cases for obtaining and using hardware Crypto device
Yes. A person can have two digital signatures, say one for official use and other one for personal use.