Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)

What is Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)?

A Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) 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. 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.


Following are the benefits of DSC:
     • Reduced cost and time
     • Data Integrity
     • Authenticity of Documents
The following are the classes of DSC:

Class 1 Certificates:
These are issued to individual/private subscribers and are used to confirm that the user’s name and email contact details from the clearly defined subject lie within the database of the certifying authority.

Class 2 Certificates:
These are issued to the director/signatory authorities of the companies for the purpose of e-filing with the Registrar of Companies (ROC). Class 2 certificate is mandatory for individuals who have to sign manual documents while filing of returns with the ROC.

Class 3 Certificates:
These certificates are used in online participation/bidding in e-auctions and online tenders anywhere in India. The vendors who wish to participate in the online tenders must have a Class 3 digital signature certificate.
The following documents are required for applying DSC:
     1. Submission of DSC Application form duly filled in by the applicant
     2. Identity Proof
     3. Address Proof
Class 2 DSC can be used for the following
     • MCA e-filing
     • Income Tax e-filing
     • LLP Registration
     • GST Application
     • IE Code Registration
     • Form 16, etc.
Class 3 DSC can be used for the following:
     • E-tendering
      • Patent and trademark e-filing
     • MCA e-filing
     • Customs e-filing
     • E-Procurement
     • E-biding
     • E-auction, etc.