Digital Signature Certification


A Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) is a cryptographically secure key issued by certifying authorities (CAs) to validate and verify the identity of the person who holds this certificate. DSCs are predominantly issued and utilized when businesses need to digitally sign documents online, securely authenticate the Signature, and validate the signed copy.

DSC is a statutory requirement for submitting various forms to the Government of India. DSC uses public-key encryption for the creation of a signature. A digital signature certificate will be embedded in electronic documents, emails, and other digitally transmitted documents. These signatures provide and enhance security using encryption technology.

The Controller of Certifying Authority issues Digital Signature Certificate in India. The Office of the Controller of Certification Agencies (CCA) has given authority to 8 Certification Agencies to give DSCs to persons seeking the same. EMudhra is one of the Certifying Authorities that issue the Digital Signature Certificate in India.

BRITSI can help you obtain an eMudhra Class 3 Digital Signature certificate in India with a validity of 2 years and a secure USB token. No need to submit your documents manually or through a courier because the application process will be completely online. All the Digital Signatures are provided with a FIPS-compliant ePass USB token to protect the Signature until the end of validity.

Class 3 Digital Signature Certificate

Class 3 DSC is the most secure certificate with a signature and encryption certificate. BRITSI will help you get the Class 3 DSC with an encryption certificate and a USB token; it can use for encryption and signing. A signature certificate is used to sign a document, while an encryption certificate is used to encrypt the data. Class 3 DSCs will be issued to individuals and companies/organizations.

Class 3 Digital Signature can use for many purposes such as MCA e-filing, Income Tax e-filing, e-Tendering, LLP registration, GST application, IE code registration, Form 16, Patent and trademark e-filing, Customs e-filing, e-Procurement, e-Biding, e-Auction and more.

Class 3 DSC for Individual

BRITSI can help individuals to obtain Class 3 Digital Signature with ePass Token. The authorized person can attach DSC to documents that are submitted electronically. It guarantees the confidentiality and validity of electronically supplied records.

Class 3 DSC for Company/Organization

Class 3 DSC is valid for companies, NGOs, trusts, government departments, and organizations. BRITSI can help you obtain an eMudhra Class 3 Digital Signature certificate in India with two-year validity and a secure USB token.

DSC will be issued in the Company’s name; this proves the user’s right on behalf of a company and contains personal and Company details. Class 3 DSC for Company is issued to authorize the signatory of any company.

Renewal of Class 3 DSC

According to Controller of Certification Agencies (CCA) guidelines, renewing Digital Signatures requires fresh identity verification. You can renew your Class 3 DSC by following the same process as buying a new Digital Signature Certificate on the BRITSI website.

You can apply for DSC renewal through our website once it is expired or before the expiry date.

Pricing for renewal remains the same as buying a new DSC through our website.

Documents Required for Class 3 Digital Signature with ePass Token

  1. PAN Card Copy
  2. Passport Copy
  3. Electricity bill
  4. Gas Bill
  5. Aadhar Card

Passport Size Photo

Class 3 Digital Signature with ePass Token FAQ's

What is a Digital Signature Certificate?

A Digital Signature is the signature in electronic format which is used to authenticate the identity of the sender or the signee of the document. DSCs are easily transportable and cannot be initiated and intimated easily by anyone.

Why is DSC required?

DSC is required to send and receive the documents digitally and encrypt the emails/documents. It is also required for eTendering, eProcurement, eFiling, Income Tax filing, and also in many other applications.

Who issues the DSC?

The Office of Controller of Certifying Authorities (CCA) issues certificates only to Certifying Authorities under section 24 of the Indian Act 2000. The CAs, in turn, issue Digital Signature Certificates to the end-users.

Is MCA e-filing possible if I don’t have a DSC?

No, as per the MCA rules, a Digital Signature Certificate is mandatory for eFiling.

Is there any validity of the Digital Signature Certificate?

The DSCs are typically issued with one-year validity and two-year validity. These are renewable on the expiry of the period of the initial issue.

Is it possible to make changes to the DSC while renewing it?

The only changes to be made to the DSC while renewal is the change in address and the person’s contact details.

Can a person have two DSC?

An individual can possess two different Digital Signature certificates, one for official use and another for personal use.

What is the time required for obtaining the DSC in India?

It takes around three to seven days to obtain a Digital Signature Certificate in India.

Can one authorize someone to use DSC?

In case a person wants to authorize someone else to sign on his/her behalf, then the person being authorized should use his/her own Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) credentials to sign the respective documents.

What is Class 3 DSC?

Class 3 is the highest level of DSC, where a Registration Authority verifies the identity of a person. Class 3 DSC IS used for filing electronic documents and electronic submissions of tenders.

Who needs Class 3 DSC?

Class 3 DSC is used for filing electronic documents and electronic submissions of tenders and auctions, e-bidding, e-auctioning, Patents Filing, logos Filing and MCA E-filing, GST return e-filing, TDS return E-filing, Income tax E-filing, sign a word or PDF and more.

What is an ePass Token?

EPass is a USB token that uses to store digital signature certificates. This USB token provides security for your digital signature online.

Which document is mandatory for DSC?

Individual Certificate

Organization Certificate

Aadhaar Offline XML (or)

Authorization Letter

PAN (Softcopy)

Identity proof

Address proof (Softcopy)

Organizational proof

Photo (Softcopy)

Authorized Signatory proof

What is the difference between a Digital Signature and a Digital Signature Certificate? 

A Digital Signature is an electronic method of signing an electronic document, whereas a Digital Signature Certificate is a computer-based record that contains the following details:

  1. Details of Certifying Authority issuing it
  2. Name & other details that can identify the subscriber
  3. Subscriber’s public key
  4. Details of the DSC validity period

How to register DSC on the new income tax portal?

Download the DSC Management Utility from Income Tax Portal and install it. Log in to the new e-filing portal and Click on My Profile ? Register DSC. Enter the email ID linked with the DSC token and provider password. Click on Sign Button to register DSC on the new income tax portal.

Why is DSC required in filing income tax?

DSC is required to sign Income Tax Returns / Statutory Forms or to verify responses against notices issued by Income Tax Department and refund reissue requests. To sign or verify any document, the user should have first registered their DSC with the e-Filing system.

Do the taxpayers need to register the DSC again in the new e-Filing portal?

Yes, taxpayers will have to register DSC again in the new e-Filing portal even if their previously registered DSC is active. DSC data is not migrated from the old portal owing to technical and data security issues.

What are the different types of Digital Signature Certificates (DSC) valid for MCA21?

Class 3 types of Digital Signature Certificates are valid for MCA21.

What is the legal status of a Digital Signature?

Digital Signature is legally valid and admissible in a Court of Law as provided under the provision of the Information Technology Act 2000.

What type of Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) is to be obtained for e-Filing on the MCA Portal?

DSC of Class 3 signing certificate category issued by a licensed Certifying Authority (CA) needs to be obtained for e-Filing on the MCA Portal.

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