Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)
A Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) is a secure digital key that certifies the identity of the holder, issued by a Certifying Authority (CA). It typically contains your identity (name, email, country, APNIC account name and your public key). Digital Certificates use Public Key Infrastructure meaning data that has been digitally signed or encrypted by a private key can only be decrypted by its corresponding public key. A Digital Signature is the equivalent of a physical signature in electronic format, as it establishes the identity of the sender of an electronic document on the Internet. It comes in the form of a USB E-Token, wherein the Digital Signature Certificate is stored and can be accessed through a computer to sign documents electronically.
Types of Digital Signature Certificate
Class 2 Certificates
As e-filing is made compulsory in ROC, every director/signing authority needs to have their Digital Signature Certificate. It’s now mandatory to obtain Class-2 or Class-2 with PAN Encryption Digital Signature Certificate for any person who is required to sign manual documents and returns filed with ROC as per MCA21. Also, an individual is required to obtain Class-2 DSC with PAN Encryption for e-filing his return with Income Tax, India.
Class 3 Certificates
Class 3 Digital Signature Certificate is the upgraded version of the Class 2 Digital Signature Certificate. By Using This Certificate You can Participate/Bid in Any Kind of On-line Tenders/Auction across India. To participate in the e-tendering process, every vendor is required to use a Class 3 Digital Signatures Certificate.
Difference between Encryption and Signing
Message encryption provides confidentiality. It allows users to encrypt the document with the public key which can be decrypted only with the corresponding private key. To put it in simple terms when encrypting, you use their public key to write a message and the recipient uses their private key to read it. One of the most secure way of protecting confidential documents.
Message signing binds the identity of the message source to this message. It ensures data integrity, message authentication, and non-repudiation altogether. When signing, you use your private key to write the message’s signature, and they use your public key to check if it’s really yours.
Process of DSC Application
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- Apply DSC
- Record Video
Once we process your application we send you the dsc certificate by Courier
Documents required – Indian Citizen
|INDIVIDUAL CERTIFICATE||ORGANIZATION CERTIFICATE|
List of other accepted documents – Indian Individual
|IDENTITY PROOF (ANY ONE OF BELOW)||ADDRESS PROOF (ANY ONE OF BELOW)|
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FAQs On Digital Signature
1. Where can I purchase a Digital Signature Certificate?
2. Where can I use Digital Signature Certificates?
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 filing 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.
3. Are Digital Signatures Certificate legally valid in India?
Yes, subsequent to the enactment of the Information Technology Act 2000 in India, Digital Signature Certificates are legally valid in India.
Digital Signature Certificates are issued by licensed Certifying Authorities under the Ministry of Information Technology, Government of India as per the Information Technology Act.
4. What is the difference between a Digital Signature and a Digital Signature Certificate?
A digital signature is an electronic method of signing an electronic document whereas a Digital Signature Certificate is a computer-based record that
- Identifies the Certifying Authority issuing it.
- Has the name and other details that can identify the subscriber.
- It contains the subscriber’s public key.
- It is digitally signed by the Certifying Authority issuing it.
- It is valid for either one year or two years.
5. Can I use a digital signature certificate in e-tendering systems?
Digital signature certificates in e-tendering systems are allowed but based on the service provider.
6. Can I use one Digital Signature Certificate for multiple e-mail addresses?
No, you cannot. A digital signature certificate can have only one email address.
7. How does a Digital Signature Certificate work?
A Digital Signature Certificate explicitly associates the identity of an individual/device with a pair of electronic keys – public and private keys – and this association is endorsed by the CA. The certificate contains information about a user’s identity (for example, their name, Pincode, country, email address, the date the certificate was issued and the name of the Certifying Authority that issued it).
These keys complement each other in that one does not function in the absence of the other. They are used by browsers and servers to encrypt and decrypt information regarding the identity of the certificate user during information exchange processes. The private key is stored on the user’s computer hard disk or on an external device such as a token. The user retains control of the private key; it can only be used with the issued password.
The public key is disseminated with the encrypted information. The authentication process fails if either one of these keys in not available or does not match. This means that the encrypted data cannot be decrypted and therefore, is inaccessible to unauthorized parties.