Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)

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Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)

Digital Signature

Digital Signature Certificate is an electronic format of physical or paper certificate . 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 Certificate is an electronic format of physical or paper certificate . 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.

You can use Digital Signature Certificates for the following:
a. For sending and receiving digitally signed and encrypted emails.
b. For carrying out secure web-based transactions, or to identify other participants of web-based transactions.
c. In e-Tendering, e-Procurement, MCA [for Registrar of Companies e-filing], Income Tax [for e-filing income tax returns] Applications and also in many other applications.
d. For signing documents like MSWord, MS Excel and PDFs.
e. 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.

It plays a pivotal role in creating a paperless office.

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.)the Certifying Authorities are authorized to issue DSC

A Digital Signature Certificate with a validity of one or two years. After the end of its validity, the Digital Signature can be renewed.

Digital Signature can be obtained within 1-3 working days of submitting the application in the required format. 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.

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. Digital Signatures are legally admissible in a Court of Law, as provided under the provisions of IT Act.

No, a digital signature is unique and thus two or more individuals/entities cannot have the same digital signature.

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.

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