Digital Signature Certificates (DSC) is the digital equivalent (that is electronic format) of physical or paper certificates. Examples of physical certificates are drivers’ licenses, passports or membership cards. Certificates serve as proof of identity of an individual for a certain purpose. There are three types of Digital Signatures, Class I, Class II and Class III Digital Signature.
Class I type of Digital Signatures : are only used for securing email communication.
Class II type of Digital Signatures : are used for Company or LLP Incorporation, IT Return E-Filing, Obtaining DIN or DPIN, and filing other forms with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) and Income Tax Department.
Class III type Digital Signatures : are used mainly for E-Tendering and for participating in E-Auctions.
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. A digital certificate can be presented electronically to prove your identity, to access information or services on the Internet or to sign certain documents digitally.
Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) is the electronic format of physical or paper certificate like a driving License, passport etc. Certificates serve as proof of identity of an individual for a certain purpose; for example, a Passport identifies someone as a citizen of that country; who can legally travel to any country. Likewise, a Digital Signature Certificate can be presented electronically to prove your identity, to access information or services on the Internet or to sign certain documents digitally.
Digital Signature can be obtained within 1-3 working days of submitting the application in the required format.
You can use Digital Signature Certificates for the following:
It plays a pivotal role in creating a paperless office.
Digital Signatures are issued as Digital Signature Certificates, in electronic form. The Digital Signature Certificates can only be stored in a specific type of secure USB flash drive. These USB flash drives are called E-Tokens.
Today most of the regulatory filings with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Income Tax Department can only be filed online. Therefore, to establish the identity of the document filer and record their consent, a Digital Signature is required. Digital Signatures are required for obtaining Director Identification Number (DIN), Designated Partner Identification Number (DPIN), incorporation a company or LLP and filing of IT Returns.
Yes, the Indian Evidence Act, 1858 has been modified and amended on lines with the Information Technology Act, 2000 and thus any electronic document signed with a valid digital signature is considered a valid piece of evidence similar to a physical document signed with a hand-written signature.
A Digital Signature can be obtained by any Person (Indian Citizen or Foreign Nationals) and other types of Business Entities (Partnership, LLP, Company, Trust, etc.)
No, a digital signature is unique and thus two or more individuals/entities cannot have the same digital signature.
The Certifying Authorities are authorized to issue a Digital Signature Certificate with a validity of one or two years. After the end of its validity, the Digital Signature can be renewed.
It is practically impossible to forge a digital signature. It is secure and has been applied online for authentication. Thus it is more secure than a hand-written signature, which can be seen and potentially imitated by any person who sees a document bearing the hand-written signature.
Digital Signatures are legally admissible in a Court of Law, as provided under the provisions of IT Act.
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