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Digital Signature Certificate Requirements and Benefits


CA Pulkit Sharma

2014-05-06

Digital Signature Certificate is a digitaly encrypted system of authenticating the documents in electronic form.

Digital Signatures ensure the electronic identity of signer. Digital Signature Certificates (DSC) are used to authenticate and prove the identity in electronic transactions.

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What are the Uses of Digital Signature Certificates (DSC)?

Digital signatures are used to sign the documents but in electronic forms. In daily life we sign a lot of documents physically similarly Digital Signature are used to sign the documents which are in electronic form.

Digital Signature can be used for authentication by websites. For example, many websites allow login only using digital signatures.

Digital Signatures are also useful to avoid the frauds. For government tenders, one need to have Digital Signatures. Its an offence to have more than one DSC, this avoides the frauds of multiple tender biddings.

Digital Signatures are used for many purposes in life. DSC are used to prove the identity of websites, sign the documents such as PDF, Mails etc.

In India who Issue the Digital signature certificates (DSC)?

Only government certified agency can issue the Digital Signature Certificates. A licensed Certifying Authority (CA) issues the digital signature. Certifying Authority (CA) means a person who has been granted a license to issue a digital signature certificate under Section 24 of the Indian IT-Act 2000.

Which Act set the rules for issuance and uses of Digital Signature Certificates (DSC)?

Information Technology Act 2000, superwise the rules and regulations related with DSC.

What are the different type of Digital Signatures which are issued in India and what are their purpose?

Different type of Digital Signatures are available. Each DSC have different uses and document requirements for issuence.

Different type of DSC are:

  1. Level 1: This is the first level of digital signatures. Mostly Websites use these kind of certificates
  2. Level 2: Here, the identity of a person is verified against a trusted, pre-verified database. These are widely used for Income Tax filings.
  3. Level 3: This is the highest level where the person needs to present himself or herself in front of a Registration Authority (RA) and prove his/ her identity. These are used for bidding against tenders.

What are the documents required to obtain Digital Signatures Certificates?

The documents required for issuing digital signatures are:

  1. Identity Proof
  2. Address Proof
  3. Photo
  4. Pre-filled Application
  5. PAN is compulsory

How many days Certifying Authority may take to issue Digital Signature Certificate?

It depends on on the time when documents are received by CA. It may take from 2 to 7days.

Which are some of the Certiying Authorities in India?

The different certifying authorities in India are:

  1. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
  2. National Informatics Center (NIC)
  3. IDRBT Certifying Authority
  4. SafeScrypt CA Services, Sify Communications Ltd.
  5. (n) Code Solutions CA  etc.