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Digital Signature Certificate - Class 3

Digital Signatures are necessary for almost every application to the Government, including filing of income tax return, MCA / ROC filings etc.

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Description

What is a Digital Signature Certificate?

Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) can be explained as the electronic or digital format of a physical paper. Digital Signature Certificates are used as a medium to prove the identity of a person for a certain purpose.

 

Who issues Digital Signature Certificates? 

A licensed Certifying Authorities can issue a Digital Signature Certificate. A Certifying Authority means which possess the license to issue a DSC under section 24 of Information Technology Act, 2000. A certifying authority generally issues a DSC in three to seven days. 

 

What are the uses of Class 3 DSC?
A Class 3 DSC is issued to the individuals and can be used for following:

  • For secure email and web-based transactions,
  • To identify other participants of web-based transactions,
  • For signing online forms, e-tendering documents, filing income tax returns, GST returns, ROC returns etc.
  • To perform other identification based accesses in various software applications

 

How does a Digital Signature Certificate work?

A digital signature certificate contains an identity of an individual or organization, it comes with a pair of security keys (public key and private key) and it is given by the Certifying Authority. The pair of keys is complementary with each other i.e. one key won’t work without another. These are used by the browser to encrypt and decrypt information regarding the identity of the certificate.
 

What is Covered

- Filing of application for obtaining Digital Signature Certificate

- Compiling and verifing the documents to be submited

What is not Covered

Nothing really, everything is covered. :)

Information guide

Following is the list of indicative documents required for obtaining digital signature certificate. This maybe subject to change depending on the guidelines of the Government. 

A. Documents required for Indian Residents

  • PAN card (self-attestation is mandatory)

  • Aadhaar card

  • Coloured passport size photograph

  • Email ID

  • Phone No.

B. Documents required for Foreign National

  • Attested copy of applicant passport

  • Attested copy of VISA (If applicant is out of native country)

  • Attested copy of Resident Permit Certificate (if applicant is in India)

  • Attested copy of applicant passport (containing address as part of it)

  • Attested copy of any other Government/Bank issued address proof

FAQs

 

1. What is the validity of a Digital Signature Certificate? 

A Digital Signature Certificate is valid for one or two years. 

2. What is the purpose of Class 3 DSC? 

Class 3 DSC is used for filing government returns like documents for registrar of companies, income tax returns etc. and it is used for protecting the documents which are suspected to have a little risk or threat. This class of DSC is also used for the completion of financial transactions. 

3. How a Digital Signature Certificate works? 

A DSC comes with a pair of security keys (public key and private key) and it is given by the Certifying Authority. The pair of keys is complementary with each other. 

4. Who can issue a Digital Signature Certificate? 

A licensed Certifying Authorities can issue a Digital Signature Certificate. A Certifying Authority means which possess the license to issue a DSC under section 24 of Information Technology Act, 2000. 

5. How much time is taken by the certifying authority to issue a DSC? 

A Certifying Authority may take three to seven working days for issuing a DSC.

Estimate Time to Complete

5 Days

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