Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)

Digital Signature Certificate

A Digital Signature Certificate is a secure digital key that is issued by the certifying authorities for the purpose of validating and certifying the identity of the person holding this certificate. Digital Signatures make use of the public key encryptions to create the signatures.

A digital signature certificate (DSC) contains information about the user's name, pin code, country, email address, date of issuance of certificate and name of the certifying authority.

Benefits of a Digital Signature Certificate:

       ► Authentication: Helpful in authenticating the personal information details of the individual holder when conducting business online.

       ► Reduced cost and time: Instead of signing the hard copy documents physically and scanning them to send them via e-mail, you can digitally sign the PDF files and send them much more quickly. A Digital Signature certificate holder does not have to be physically present to conduct or authorize a business.

       ► Data integrity: Documents that are signed digitally cannot be altered or edited after signing, which makes the data safe and secure. The government agencies often ask for these certificates to cross-check and verify the business transaction.

       ► Authenticity of documents: Digitally signed documents give confidence to the receiver to be assured of the signer’s authenticity. They can take action on the basis of such documents without getting worried about the documents being forged.

Certifying Authorities for Issuance of a Digital Signature Certificate:

The Controller of Certifying Authority for the purpose of issuing digital signatures in India has authorized E-mudra as one of the certifying authority for issuance of Digital Signature Certificate. Other certifying authorities may include (n) Code Solutions, National Informatics Centre, Safes crypt and Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology.

Documents Required for DSC Application:

        ► Submission of a DSC duly filled application form by the applicant

        ► Photo ID proof

        ► Address proof

        ► Mobile No. & Email ID

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