What is a Digital Signature Certificate?

Digital signature certificates (DSC) are the digital equivalent (that is electronic format) of physical or paper certificates. Examples of physical certificates are drivers’ licenses, passports or membership cards. Certificates serve as a proof of identity of an individual for a certain purpose; for example a driver’s license identifies someone who can legally drive in a particular country. Likewise, a digital certificate can be presented electronically to prove your identity, to access information or services on the Internet or to sign certain documents digitally.

Why is Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) required?

Like physical documents are signed manually, electronic documents, for example once you are filing the annual returns online, e-forms are required to be signed digitally with the help of Digital Signature Certificate. As per MCA21 project of ministry of company affairs all the company forms have to be filed electronically. Digital Signature Certificates are also necessary to publish E-Tender or participate in such tenders.

What are the different types of digital signatures commonly used?

Class2, Class3, DGFT certificate

Where to use a digital signature?

Class2: Used in MCA/ROC e-Filing, Income Tax e-Filing
Class3: Used for e-Procurement e-Tendering in IRCTC, ONGC etc.
DGFT Certificates: Used by Exporters/Importers on the DGFT website

Who issues the Digital Signature Certificate?

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.

Who can apply for digital signature certificate?

Any individual/organization can apply to the certifying authority for issue of a DSC in the prescribed form.

Where can I get the application form?

You can download the same from our Download Page or Contact Us for details.

What are the documents required for applying digital signature certificates?

Attested copy of Pan card, govt issued valid address proof(Passport, Driving Licence, Voter Id etc.) and duly filled application form.

Who can attest my documents?

Documents can be attested by any Chartered Accountant, Bank Manager or Notary.

Should I apply for new or renewal certificates?

One needs to apply for new certificate, if you have never owned a digital signature certificate. One needs to apply for renewal certificate, if you already own a digital signature certificate from any Certifying Authority. I already have an existing certificate from a different service provider.

Can I apply for a renewal through Via Vitae Consulting Services?

Yes. You can renew the same certificate through us.

How much time do you require to issue a digital signature certificate?

Via Vitae Consulting Services issues digital signature certificates within 5-7 business days from the receipt of documents (hard copy of duly filled application form and attested supporting documents) and payment.

I have already sent the scanned copy of the documents. Do I need to send the hard copies also?

Yes. Scanned copies can be used only for pre-verification of documents. We require Hard copies for issuance of the certificate as per new CCA guidelines.

Are any company / firm / organization required to obtain a Digital Signature Certificate in its own name?

No. Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) is required only for designated individuals. For example the Director or the Company or Partner of the Firm, signing on behalf of the Company requires a DSC.