Digital Signature Certificate


What is Digital Signature Certificate?

DSC is provided for under The Information Technology Act, 2000 for the security and authenticity of the documents filed electronically. DSC is issued by a certifying authority under Section 24 of the Indian IT-Act 2000. It is extremely  useful and required in many processes like registration of a company, LLP, IE code and etc.


Types of Digital Signature Certificates

Class 2 DSC

This is issued to verify a person against a pre-verified database. The DSC is used for filing many forms and documents especially ones under Companies Act 2013. This is usually issued in the form of a USB token after the KYC process.

Class 3 DSC

This is more secure than the Class 2 DSC and is used to establish the identity in e-commerce and e-tendering processes. This class DSC is used mostly in auction processes that require DSCs without which there can be no bidding. The process for issuing is more tedious than the class 2 DSC.

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Document Required for DSC 2021

The documents required for a DSC will differ based on the kind of applicant.

  • Passport of the applicant.
  • PAN Card
  • Driving Licence/ Adhaar
  • Bank Account Passbook
  • A photo ID card with signature (issued by the Govt)
  • Govt ID for address proof
  • Water Bill or Electricity Bill (Not older than 3 Months)
  • Latest Bank Statements
  • GST registration certificate (VAT certificate will also do)
  • Attested copy of VISA (If the applicant is out of the native country). (NRI)
  • Attested copy of Resident Permit certificate or OCI card  Address Proof (NRI)

Documents of NRIs must be attested by the following authorities:

  • Embassy of  own Country
  • Apostilized by own Country, after Public Notary if in a Hague convention country.


DSC Registration Process

  • Click on the ‘Register DSC’  on  http://www.mca.gov.in/MinistryV2/registerdsc.html .
  • Now, click on the ‘Director/Manager/Practising Professional’  and fill-up your DIN.
  • System will verify the DIN and then fill details as per DIR-3. If the applicant has filed DIR-6, then fill the details as submitted in DIR-6 form. Then details will be verified.
  • If the details are correct, the system would prompt you to select the DSC.
  • Click on the ‘Select Certificate’ button to browse and select the certificate
  • System shall validate the DSC.
  • If the selected DSC is already registered against given DIN, system will give an informatorily message
  • Click on the ‘Submit’  and an acknowledgement number will be given for future reference.



A Digital Signature  Certification or DSC is usually granted for 1-2 years and must be renewed upon expiry.

It can be registered on the MCA website using the steps enumerated above keeping in mind the documents required.

Certifying Authority is a person who has been granted a license to issue a digital signature certificate (DSC)  under Section 24 of the

It can be used in various processes like Company, LLP and IE code registration or for any online auction biddings.

If all the information goes correctly then the Digital Signature  Certification or DSC is given within 3-7 working days.

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