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What Is Digital Signature Certificate?
What Is A Certifying Authority?
- National Informatics Center
- Institute of Development and Research of Banking Technology
- Sify Communication Limited
- Code Solutions CA
- Center for Development of Advanced Computing
- National Security Depository Limited
- Capricorn Identity Services Private Limited
- Pentagon Sign Securities Private Limited
What are the classes of digital signature certificates?
- Class I: They ensure the authenticity of a document, based on the verification of the contact details (e-mail address, and mobile number) of the applicant. The verification is not very secure and hence Class I certificates are hardly used in signing documents, application forms, and other important purposes. The Class 1 certificate is not even applicable in a court of law.
- Class II: They ensure the authenticity of documents based on the verification of details from a pre-verified reliable database, probably a government database. The verification is more secure compared to Class I but less secure compared to Class III certificates.
- Class III: These ensure the highest level of authenticity of documents as applicants are required to produce themselves before the Registration authorities along with their application forms and the supporting documents to prove their identities.
Where Can Digital Signature Certificates be used?
What are the Benefits of acquiring a DSC?
- Saving time and money: Documents are uploaded digitally and signed digitally. The lack of paperwork saves time, money, and efforts of both the applicant and the authority.
- Enhanced Security: These signatures is encoded and is thus, difficult to forge, as compared to a physical signature which is easily forgeable.
- No compromise on the process of verification: The process of verification, especially for Class II and Class III certificates is quite rigorous. The verification in the former case is based on a pre-verified database, while in the latter case, the applicant is required to produce himself physically with his original documents to the registration authorities. Without compromising on the procedure for identity and document verification of the applicant, the MCA has restricted the use of Class III certificates to the avail of all its e-services.
- Convenient for applicants and the authorities alike: These signatures enable users to fill applications and submit documents online, from the comfort of their homes, saving their time, money, and effort. Thus, such digital signatures is increasingly being preferred by applicants and authorities alike.
What is the Procedure to Apply for DSC?
- Name of the applicant
- Category of the applicant (Individual/organization)
- Contact details of the applicant (mobile number and e-mail address)
- Address of the applicant
- Validity period
- Certificate type (Signed/Signed+encryption key)
Cost Of Applying For DSC
The cost of acquiring a DSC depends on its validity period, class, and the certifying authority issuing it. However, the usual cost across India may range from Rs.8000 to Rs.13000. In case you apply for an encryption key as well, you will have to pay an additional cost.