- Type of Digital Certificates
- Validity of the Certificate
- Issuing agency
- Cost to get a Digital Signature
For Statutory requirement, Digital Signature is mandatory for various government agencies.
A secure digital key issued by CA(Certifying Authority) which certifies that the identity of holder is called a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC). DSC has the information of identities like Name, Email, Country, APNIC account name and a public key. In order to ensure the security and authenticity of the documents filed electronically, there are provisions for the use of Digital Signatures as per The Information Technology Act, 2000.
Authenticity of documents: Digitally signed documents give confidence to the receiver to be assured of the signer’s authenticity. They can take action on the basis of such documents without getting worried about the documents being forged.
It is used in various form-filling, online registration, email attestation, income tax filing and etc. More uses of Class 2 Digital Signature Certificates are given below.
o MCA e-filing
o Income Tax e-filing
o LLP registration
o GST application
o IE code registration
Class 3: To prove the identity of the Person who applied the person needs to present himself or herself in front of a Registration Authority (RA).
It is mainly used in online trading and e-commerce, where a huge amount of money or highly confidential information is involved. Following are the main functions of Class 3 certificates –
o Patent and trademark e-filing
o MCA e-filing
o Customs e-filing
o E-auction, etc
The list of licensed CAs along with their contact information can be accessed from here
Its free to procure DSC for company representatives and professionals as per the MCA portal. The issuance costs in respect of each Agency vary and are market driven.
• DSCs can also be obtained by using Aadhar eKYC based authentication and no supporting documents required in this case.
• A letter/certificate issued by a Bank Manager containing the DSC applicant’s information as retained in the Bank database can be accepted.