Digital signature is a signature used on online documents or forms. It's an online signature which once applied on any document you cannot alter the very document. If any alteration is done in the document the signature vanishes. It is required when you sign online documents. Authorized persons of any business or company must have digital signatures registered.
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The Digital Signature Certificate is a secure digital key issued by the certifying authority for the purpose of validating and certifying the identity of the person holding the certificate. Digital Signatures use public key encryption to create signatures. The Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) contains information on the user's name, pin code, country, email address, date of issue of the certificate and the name of the certifying authority.
The type of applicant and the purpose for which the Digital Signature Certificate is obtained shall define the type of DSC to which the applicant must apply, depending on the need. There are three types of digital signature certificates issued by the certifying authority.
You will be using your digital signature for various reasons like filing GST return, filing income tax return, etc. For security reasons, the Digital Signature Certificate is stored on a hardware device a USB token , known as ePass. The USB token can only hold your Digital Signature Certificate. The USB token is also protected and incapable of storing any other documents or information.
To use your Digital Signature Certificate token, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Before plugging in the USB token, please download and install the e-pass 2003 token driver.
Step 2: After installation, plug-in the USB token into the USB port of your computer and enter the password. You can change the password on the token by selecting the option "CHANGE USER PIN".
Step 3: Once you have signed a document, unplug the USB token from your computer and store it in a safe place.
Digital signatures is issued for a limited time period of its validity 1 or 2 years. After completion of its validity, you must obtain a renewed DSC for which an application has to be made.
A digital signature is a computerized form of a signature that can be used to authenticate the identity of the sender of a message or the signatory of a document and to ensure that the original content of the message or document that has been sent remains unchanged.
Digital signatures shall be issued for 1 or 2 years. They need to be renewed after their validity has expired.
The Licensed Certifying Authority (CA) issues a digital signature certificate. CA is a person licensed to issue a DSC pursuant to Section 24 of the Indian IT-Act 2000.
While eFiling is on the portal of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, a Class 2 and Class 3 Digital Signature Certificate is required. A Class 2 Digital Signature Certificate is available for download on the basis of a trusted and pre-verified database.
A person may have different DSCs – one with an official purpose and the other for a personal purpose.
Class 3 type Digital Signatures are mainly used for e-Tendering.