Modes of applying DSC:
Paperless DSC using Aadhar eKYC (Online process)
This facility is enabled for applying Digital Signature Certificates (DSC) in a paperless manner using “Aadhaar Paperless eKYC”. To use this facility, subscriber must be an Aadhaar holder with updated Mobile Number.
Online Digital Signature- Online Process + Paper Application submission
Offline Digital Signature- Paper Application submission
A digital signature is an electronic form of signature which verifies the authenticity of a digital document. It is a secure digital key that is issued by the certifying authorities for the purpose of validating and certifying the identity of the person holding this certificate. Digital Signatures make use of the public key encryptions to create the signatures.
A digital signature certificate (DSC) contains information about the user’s name, pin code, country, email address, date of issuance of certificate and name of the certifying authority.
- Digital signatures are issued for 1 or 2 years. After their validity has expired, they need to be renewed.
- A person can have different DSCs – one for official purpose and the other DSC for personal purpose.
- Digitally signed documents are acceptable in legal courts as an evidence or proof.
When individuals and entities have to get their accounts audited, they have to file their income tax return compulsorily using a digital signature. Also, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs has made it mandatory for entities to file all reports, applications, and forms using a digital signature only.
Furthermore under GST also, a company can get registered only by verifying the GST application through a digital signature. For filing all applications, amendments and other related forms, the use of a digital signature is necessary. DGFT also has mandated use of Digital Signature Certificates with all electronic documents uploaded on the DGFT site.
Classes of DSC:
Class 2 certificate: A guideline issued by the Govt. of India’s Controller of Certifying Authority (CAA) on 26.11.2020 stated the discontinuation of the Class 2 DSC from 1st January 2021. However, for individuals who have already acquired a Class 2 DSC, before 1st January 2021, the Class 2 DSC will be valid until its expiry.
Class 3 certificate: As per the CAA’s new regulation, only the Class 3 DSC will be available for any sort of paperless signature utilization in India. It includes in the compliances of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) & Registrar of Companies (ROC), Tax Filing, Business Incorporation, Business License Registration, e-tendering / e-bidding, Trademark e-filing, DGFT Compliances, etc.
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