Why Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) is required?

Physical documents are signed manually, similarly, electronic documents, for example e-forms are required to be signed digitally using a Digital Signature Certificate.

Where can I Purchase a Digital Signature Certificate?

Legally valid Digital Signature Certificates are issued only through a Controller of Certifying Authorities (CCA), Govt. of India, licensed Certifying Authorities (CA), such as eMudhra. eMudhra, a Certifying Authority (CA) licensed by CCA, offers secure digital signatures through various options tailored to suit individual as well as organizational needs.

What is the process of obtaining DSC from Certifying Authority?

Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) Applicants can directly approach Certifying Authorities (CAs) with original supporting documents, and self-attested copies will be sufficient in this case.

  • DSC can also be obtained, wherever offered by CA, using Aadhar eKYC based authentication, and supporting documents are not required in this case.
  • A letter/certificate issued by a Bank containing the DSC applicant’s information as retained in the Bank database can be accepted. Such letter/certificate should be certified by the Bank Manager.
Where can I use Digital Signature Certificate?

You can use Digital Signature Certificates for the following:

  • For sending and receiving digitally signed and encrypted emails.
  • For carrying out secure web-based transactions, or to identify other participants of web-based transactions.
  • In eTendering, eProcurement, MCA [for Registrar of Companies efiling], Income Tax [for efiling income tax returns] Applications and also in many other applications.
  • For signing documents like MSWord, MSExcel and PDFs.
  • Plays a pivotal role in creating a paperless office.
What is the validity period of a Digital Signature Certificate?

The Certifying Authorities are authorized to issue a Digital Signature Certificate with a validity of one or two years.

I don't know about Class 3 DSC. Can you help?

Yes - please write to [email protected] and we will contact you.

Can I Use Digital Signature Certificate in E-Tendring Systems?

Yes! Digital signature certificates in e-tendering systems are allowed but based on the service provider.

What are the different types of Digital Signature Certificates valid for MCA21 program?

Now Class 3 Digital Signature Certificates (Class 3 DSC) is available:
Class 3: One and only multiple uses of class 3 digital signature certificate. Class 3 digital signature certificate is mandatory for every individual, companies and organization for taking part in e-Tendering, income tax, e-procurement, IPO, Patent, Trademark filling process on various Indian websites.

Can I use Digital Certificate in any machine or other location?

DSC can be utilized from any PC / Laptop which has USB port and where drivers of e-token are properly installed.

How long does it take to receive the digital signature certificate?

You can get Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) at your doorstep on the same day with our express service.