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What is a Digital Signature Certificate?

A Digital Signature Certificate, like hand written signature, establishes the identity of the sender filing the documents through internet which sender can not revoke or deny. A Digital Signature Certificate is not only a digital equivalent of a hand written signature it adds extra data electronically to any message or a document where it is used to make it more authentic and more secured. Digital Signature ensures that no tampering of data is done once the document has been digitally signed. A DSC is normally valid for 1 or 2 years, after which renewal is required.

These certificates are accepted for IFFCO, Northern Railway, MCA 21, E-filing, E -tendering etc

There are basically 3 types of Digital Signature Certificates Class-1, Class-2 & Class-3 each having different level of security.

  • Class II used for e-filing of Income Tax and ROC.
  • Class III is used for E-tendering accepted in Northern Railways,IFFCO etc
  • DGFT for used by users who communicate with DGFT Director General of foreign trade Website

Who need digital Signature?

All the authorized signatories of company under MCA21 require Class-2 Digital Signature Certificate. Similarly any document filed by CA/CS/CWA & TAX PRACTIONERS under MCA21 require Class-2 Digital Signature Certificate.