What is a Digital Signature?
A Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) validates and certifies the identity of a person. It leverages public key encryptions to create the signatures. A DSC includes information about the user's name, e-mail address, pin code, country, and date of issuance. It offers the highest level of security and reduces cost and time.
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What is a Digital Signature Certificate? - An Overview
A digital signature certificate (DSC) is a secure digital key issued by recognised Certifying Authorities (CAs) to validate the identity of the certificate holder. It contains an individual’s name, digital signature, date of issuance of the certificate and date of expiry, and the name of the CA.
Benefits of a Digital Signature Certificate
Time-saving and cost-saving
Documents required to get DSC
Indian Individuals looking to obtain DSC must submit:
- ID proof: Passport/Driving license or any Photo Identity issued by the Govt
- PAN card
- Address proof: Aadhaar card/Voter ID/Driving license/Registration Certificate
- Attesting Officer proof
Indian Organizations looking to get DSC must submit:
- Organizational PAN
- Partnership deed, if applicable
- List of Authorised Signatories which could be the list of Directors, Board resolution, etc.
- Authorised Signatory ID proof
- GST certificate
For Indian companies, the documents may differ depending upon the type of entity like Partnership, Proprietorship or sole ownership, LLP, etc.
Foreign individuals and organizations looking to obtain DSC must submit:
- 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
- Attested copy of any Govt-issued address proof
Foreign attestation procedure for DSC:
Authorisation letter must be sought with the respective company seal and signature.
- Embassy of native country (If applicant is out of native country)
- Apostilled by native country, after Public Notary (if country is in Hague Convention). For example Austria, Greece, Oman, Australia, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, etc.
- Consularized by native country, after Public Notary (if country is not in Hague Convention). For example, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, etc.
How to apply for a Digital Signature Certificate?
At BharatRegister, our professionals will help you get your DSC in just three simple steps:
Step 1: Collect basic details
We will collect basic details like Name, Gender, Address, Nationality, Country, Email Id, Mobile number, and the usage type of DSC you are applying for. It could be for company incorporation, MCA e-filing, IT filing, GST filing, Foreign trade, e-Tenders or personal use. Accordingly, we will guide you in selecting the right class.
Step 2: Submission of supporting documents
All the necessary documents like PAN card, address proof, passport, etc. with relevant attestation will be collected.
Step 3: Documents Validation
Once the payment is made and the information is verified against the PAN card as in the Income Tax portal, we will validate your documents in two ways: Video recording: You will receive a video link to your registered mobile number and email address, where you need to record your personal information like name, DOB, etc. and send it to us. SMS: You will then receive an SMS with the DSC application ID and a mobile number to which you need to reply with your DSC application ID, name, mobile number and email ID. Upon successful verification we will dispatch your Digital Signature Certificate USB token, which is a password-protected physical device containing your digital signature. A USB token also called e-token, dongle or digital signature has a special built-in software that recognises and opens your digital signature.
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