Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)

Digital Signature Certificates are required for various regulatory filings i.e. Income Tax Return, Director Identification Number, company and LLP filings, e-tenders, trademarks and custom clearance purposes etc.
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India Kickstart offers DSC tokens from Rs. 1,100/- all inclusive govt. fees and taxes.

Package is inclusive of

  • Documentation and DSC Application
    We will guide with complete documentation required for DSC and prepare DSC Application
  • Class-II Digital Signature Certificate with USB tokens
    On successful verification, we will provide you Class DSC with secured USB token with passkeys.

What is Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) ?

DSC is a method by which one can electronically sign the documents in secured manner by establishing personal identity of the signer. It is similar to physical signatures and carry similar significance with tremendous ease of signing documents electronically.
Digital Signatures are mainly classified into three types i.e. Class I, Class II and Class III each having different level of security.
Presently, use of digital signature is mandatory for various government filings which require higher authentications. Thus Digital Signature is used for Filing of Income tax return, Company incorporation and regulatory filings with ROC, DGFT, e-tendering etc.
A digital signature is a standard electronic signature. It provides for content integrity and cannot be copied, tampered or altered. It has a standard format.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

A: The digital signature ensures the authenticity of the signer as well as of documents, in other words, a digital signature authenticates electronic documents in a similar manner a handwritten signature authenticates printed documents. This signature cannot be forged and it assumes that the named person has agreed to the document to which the signature is attached. Moreover, any changes made to the document after it is signed invalidate the signature, thereby protecting against signature forgery and information tampering.

A: Digital Signature Certificates are primarily of three types namely Class 1, Class 2 & Class 3, where each class is having different level of security.
Class 1: These certificates do not hold any legal validity and practically are used only for internal or general purpose without assigning security
Class 2: Here, the identity of a person is verified against a trusted, pre-verified database. DSC for E-filing on MCA portal and Income tax filings are performed by Class 2 Digital Signature Certificates.
Class 3: This is the highest level where the person needs to present himself or herself in front of a Registration Authority (RA) and prove his/her identity and used for applying tenders, auctions online on-behalf of the company or businesses. Class 3 DSC are used for e-tendering application by the persons including business where highest level of security are warranted.

A : It is mandatory for companies to file their income tax returns electronically with digital signatures. Partnership firms, individuals and Hindu Undivided Family (HUFs) subjected to mandatory tax audits is also required to file their income-tax returns (ITR) only electronically using digital signature.

A: Even if one does not have a digital signature, he can still E-file the income tax returns (ITR) provided he is not subject to mandatory tax audit. However, in this case it is must to physically submit the printed copy of the filled up Form along with the copy of the Acknowledgement Number of e-Return to Centralised Processing Centre or can be done by Aadhar/EVC verification options provided on IT portal.

A: For ROC compliances with Ministry of Company Affairs (MCA) digital Signature is mandatory. If you are a director in one or more companies having DIN or partner in LLP and want to file the ROC forms then at first you should step towards acquiring a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC). This will be required to all Directors or authorized representatives of any company and professional who will require to sign ROC forms or documents.

A: Digital Signature Certificates is available with a validity of One Year or Two year period. On Expiry of the said period, DSC needs to be renewed or should be taken a fresh.

A: No, if a person/company is in possession of a digital signature for any other application, the same can be used for filing e – returns and is not required to obtain a fresh one.

A: DSCs are preferably issued only as per applicant Name in PAN Database of Income Tax. Hence, if DSC is obtained based on Name as per Aadhar, then user may face mis-match and technical issues while filing Income Tax Return or ROC filing with IT or MCA portal, as these database validates identity of the signer with PAN database only. Thus, it is advisable to ensure Name as per PAN and other identity/address proof is same at the time of filing of DSC application.

Documents required for Digital Signatures

To be submitted by Proprietor/Partner/Directors

Copy of PAN Card of Proprietor/Partner/Directors

Signature on DSC Application Form

Passport size photograph of Proprietor/Partner/Directors

Banker’s Attestation on Identity and Address Proof

Copy of Aadhaar Card/ Voter identity card

To be submitted by Firm/LLP/Company

Copy of PAN Card of Business entity

Memorandum and Articles of Association

MSME Registration Certificate (in case of Manufacturer)

Partnership Deed Copy/ LLP Agreement or Incorporation Certificate

Details of entity’s Current account with Bank

Authorization by Directors/ Partners

Board Resolution in case of Company

Type of Exporter with nature of goods dealt

Company’s Letterhead copy may be needed.

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