Digital Signature Certificates

Digital Certificates serve as an identity of an individual for a certain purpose, e.g. a driving license identifies someone who can legally drive in a particular country. Likewise, a Digital Certificate can be presented electronically to prove your identity or your right to access information or services on the Internet.

Digital Certificates are the digital equivalents (i.e. electronic format) of physical or paper Certificates like your driving license, passport or membership cards.In accordance to the guidelines of IT-Act and the X.509 Certificate Policy for India PKI published by Controller of Certifying Authorities, We issue 3 classes of Certificates, namely:

  • Class 1
  • Class 2 and
  • Class 3.

Each class of digital signature certificate is associated with specific security features and corresponds to a specific level of trust.

Class 1 certificates shall be issued for both business personnel and private individuals use. These certificates will confirm that the information in the application provided by the subscriber does not conflict with the information in well-recognized consumer databases.

Applicability: This provides a basic level of assurance relevant to environments where there are risks and consequences of data compromise, but they are not considered to be of major significance.

Usage:
  • Digitally sign email - You can digitally sign your email messages so that the recipient is assured that the email has come from you.
  • Digitally sign email - You can digitally sign your email messages so that the recipient is assured that the email has come from you.
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Class 2 certificates will be issued for both business personnel and private individuals use. These certificates will confirm that the information in the application provided by the subscriber does not conflict with the information in well-recognized consumer databases.

Applicability: This level is relevant to environments where risks and consequences of data compromise are moderate. This may include transactions having substantial monetary value or risk of fraud, or involving access to private information where the likelihood of malicious access is substantial.

Usage:
  • Ministry of Corporate Affairs:

    Any organization or firm can apply for a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) for transactions involving the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. However, business houses that exceed revenues of over INR 60 lakhs have to mandatorily use a Digital Signature Certificate while filing returns. Under the provisions of law, a Digital Signature is considered as a legally admissible instruments.

  • e-Filing of Incomes Taxes:

    According to revised provisions under section 44AB of IT Act "E-Filing is mandatory for all the individuals/professionals having an annual gross receipt of INR 25 Lakhs and above, and for business houses with annual turnover of INR 1 Crore and above.Use of a Digital Signature Certificate is mandatory for e-filing by a certain section of businesses, families, and individuals. For individuals businesses not covered by the latest mandate, a Digital Signature Certificate assures greater convenience while filing tax returns, and greater security during any electronic transactions.

  • e-Tendering:

    A Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) is essential for companies and organizations that take part or intend to take part in eTendering processes on various Government sites. Besides enabling eTendering which is extremely convenient and transparent, a Digital Signature Certificate also ensure greater security in other online transactions.

  • Employee Provident Fund:

    Now employers in India can use a Class 2 Digital Signature Certificates for submitting their employee PF transfer claim form online.
    Class 2 Digital Signature certificates make your work easier, convenient and cost saving in handling your employee PF transfer claim forms. Now the authorized signatories of employer's can digitally sign using a Class 2 Digital signature certificates and submit the form online in Employer Online Transfer Claim Portal.

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Class-3 Certificates are issued to individuals, companies and government organizations. They can be used both for personal and commercial purposes. They are typically used for electronic commerce applications such as electronic banking, electronic data interchange (EDI), and membership-based on-line services, where security is a major concern and hence they shall be issued to individuals only on their personal (physical) appearance before the Certifying Authorities.

Applicability: This level is relevant to environments where threats to data are high or the consequences of the failure of security services are high. This may include very high value transactions or high levels of fraud risk.

Usage:
  • Ministry of Corporate Affairs:

    Any organization or firm can apply for a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) for transactions involving the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. However, business houses that exceed revenues of over INR 60 lakhs have to mandatorily use a Digital Signature Certificate while filing returns. Under the provisions of law, a Digital Signature is considered as a legally admissible instruments.

  • e-Filing of Incomes Taxes:

    According to revised provisions under section 44AB of IT Act "E-Filing is mandatory for all the individuals/professionals having an annual gross receipt of INR 25 Lakhs and above, and for business houses with annual turnover of INR 1 Crore and above. Use of a Digital Signature Certificate is mandatory for e-filing by a certain section of businesses, families, and individuals. For individuals businesses not covered by the latest mandate, a Digital Signature Certificate assures greater convenience while filing tax returns, and greater security during any electronic transactions.

  • e-Tendering:

    A Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) is essential for companies and organizations that take part or intend to take part in eTendering processes on various Government sites. Besides enabling eTendering which is extremely convenient and transparent, a Digital Signature Certificate also ensure greater security in other online transactions.

  • Employee Provident Fund:

    Now employers in India can use a Class 3 Digital Signature Certificates for submitting their employee PF transfer claim form online.
    Class 3 Digital Signature certificates make your work easier, convenient and cost saving in handling your employee PF transfer claim forms. Now the authorized signatories of employer's can digitally sign using a Class 2 Digital signature certificates and submit the form online in Employer Online Transfer Claim Portal.

  • Foreign Trade and Digital Signature Certificates

    Export and Import Organizations (EXIM organizations) can apply for licenses online which means that they can also file accompanying documents electronically on the DGFT website. Since a Digital Signature Certificate ensures authenticity of the document, DGFT has mandated use of Digital Signature Certificates with all electronic documents uploaded on the DGFT site. This means that every EXIM Organisation needs to necessarily have a Digital Signature Certificate for transactions related to the DGFT website.

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e-Mudhra Application Forms:

Signature/Encryption Certificate Individual Organization Bank Government DGFT
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