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DIGITAL SIGNATURE CERTIFICATE (DSC)

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DIGITAL SIGNATURE CERTIFICATE (DSC)

A Digital Signature is an electronic form of a signature. Just as one authenticates a document with handwritten signature, a digital signature authenticates electronic documents. A Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) can be presented electronically to prove identity, to access services on the internet or to sign certain documents digitally. A DSC provides with a high level of security for online transactions by ensuring absolute privacy of information exchanged using a DSC. The certificate contains information about the user’s identity (name, pin code, country, email address, the date the certificate was issued and the name of the certifying authority).

DSCs can be used for e-filing of income tax returns, e-tendering on websites of government departments and ministries like Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, Director General of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Registrar of Companies.

Our team of highly qualified professionals at Ask4compliance.com can help you in obtaining Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) to avail a host of benefits.

Process & Timeline

2-3 days

Professional Fees

Rs. 900 (Class II)
Rs. 3050 (Class III)

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ADVANTAGES OF HAVING DIGITAL SIGNATURES

  • Upgrade Document Security: In the paper world, you secure your documents by putting them in a locked file cabinet. You may even put that file cabinet in a locked room. But even with those precautions, someone could break in and tamper with documents. The only evidence you’d have would be a broken lock (if that), and then you would have to guess which file was altered. This type of document security is a liability for your company, and it’s unnecessary. With advanced electronic signature software (a type of electronic signature called a “digital signature”) you can safeguard your documents with a high level of document security and evidence. Each signature is protected with a tamper-evident seal, which alerts you if any part of the document is changed after signing. Signed documents also come with a highly detailed log of events of the document’s lifecycle. Using this evidence, you can see when each person signed the document, which signers downloaded a copy of the finished document, and much more.
  • A High Standard: PKI offers an algorithmically based protocol in which a vendor generates two “keys,” the lengthy numbers that define the signature. One of the keys is private and the other is public. The PKI standard mandates that vendors make and save keys in a safe and secure fashion. The standard generally also states that the services of a trustworthy Certificate Authority be used to ensure such security. The standard works in this way: At the time that a signatory signs a document electronically, the vendor facilitates the creation of a signature based on the signer’s private key. Each signer has safe and secure access to his or her own key. The algorithm works as an encrypted code to produce data that match the “hash” — the signed document in question — and then to encrypt the same data. The long-term security of the data, the document, and the signature are supported by the fact that any alterations to the original document will invalidate it. In addition, each signature includes a date stamp to verify the time of signing.
  • Global Acceptance and Legal Compliance: More countries are starting to accept digital signatures on legally binding documents because they understand that the security protocols offered by vendors in compliance with international standards in the field.
  • Helps in Filing of Various Forms and Returns to Different Government Authorities: Businesses all around the world have to comply by many rules and regulations set by their respective governments. In India too, individuals, proprietorship firms, partnership firms, LLPs, private limited companies, public limited companies and various other forms of organisations have to file many forms and returns to different government authorities. To authenticate online forms, returns, tenders, etc., DSC of the authorised persons/directors of the company and professionals is required.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR PREPARATION OF DIGITAL SIGNATURE CERTIFICATE (DSC)

  • PAN of Applicant.
  • Aadhaar Card/ Voter Id/ Driving License/ Passport of Applicant.
  • Photo of Applicant.
  • Signed DSC form.

 

Different Types of DSCs

  • Class I DSCs can be used by employers while communicating with employees via email. Class I certificates shall be issued to individuals/private subscribers. These certificates will confirm that user’s name (or alias) and email address form an unambiguous subject within the certifying authorities’ database.
  • Class II DSCs are applicable in e-filing of income tax returns GST returns, MCA returns etc.
  • Class III DSCs can be used to participate in e-tendering or e-auctions organised by governments or public sector companies.

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