A digital signature certificate (DSC) is a secure digital key issued by recognised Certifying Authorities (CAs) to approve the identity of the certificate holder..Digital Signatures are used in India for online transactions such as Filing Annual Return, Company or LLP Incorporation, Income Tax E-Filing, E-Tenders, etc. It contains the name of individual , digital signature, date of issuance of the certificate and date of expiry, and the name of the Certifying Authority.
There are 3 types of Digital Signatures
Class I, Class II and Class III Digital Signatures.
Class I DSC for securing email communications.
Class II DSC for company registrations, IT Return E-filing, Obtaining DIN, DPIN etc.
Class III DSC for E-tendering and participating in E-Auctions.
Documents required to get DSC
FOR Indian Individuals
- PAN card
- Passport/Driving license or any Photo Identity by government.
- Aadhaar card/Voter ID/Driving license/Registration Certificate
- Proof of the Attesting Officer
For Indian Organizations
- PAN CARD of Organizational
- GST certificate.
- Partnership deed for partnership firms
- List of Authorised Signatories (Directors or others authorised)
- ID proof of Authorised Signatory
Note :- The documents may differ depending upon the type of organisation.
For foreign Individuals And Organizations
- Attested copy of any Govt-issued address proof
- Attested copy of applicant's passport
- Attested copy of Visa, if the applicant is out of their native country
- Attested copy of Resident Permit certificate, if the applicant is in India