What is Digital Signature Certificate
The digital equivalent of a handwritten signature or stamped seal, but offering far more inherent security, a digital signature is intended to solve the problem of tampering and impersonation in digital communications. Digital signatures can provide the added assurances of evidence to origin, identity and status of an electronic document, transaction or message, as well as acknowledging informed consent by the signer.
To create a digital signature, signing software (such as an email program) creates a one-way hash of the electronic data to be signed. The private key is then used to encrypt the hash. The encrypted hash — along with other information, such as the hashing algorithm — is the digital signature.
Process for Registration of Digital Signature Certificate
Ministry of Corporate affairs has appointed following authorities as certifying authorities for obtaining DSC, they are National Informatics centre, IDRBT, Safe Script, nCode, Tata Consultancy Services, NC-Code and e-Mudhra.
Now a times DSC is become mandatory for Incorporating Company and Filing Annual Returns, so for incorporating a company all the respected documents must have DSC of the company.
DSC can be obtained by submitting required original documents to Certifying authorities.
DSC can be valid for 1 year or 2 years as per the terms of application and can be renewed.
Documents required to be submitted to Certifying Authorities
- Hard copy of the filled class II form
- Identity proof : PAN Card , In case of foreign national copy of passport
- Address proof : Copy of passport/ voter ID/ Ration Card/ Utilities Bill/ Driver’s License / AADHAAR card.