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.
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.
Class2, Class3, DGFT certificate
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
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.
Any individual/organization can apply to the certifying authority for issue of a DSC in the prescribed form.
Attested copy of Pan card, govt issued valid address proof(Passport, Driving Licence, Voter Id etc.) and duly filled application form.
Documents can be attested by any Chartered Accountant, Bank Manager or Notary.
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.
Yes. You can renew the same certificate through us.
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.
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.
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.