Say Goodbye to Paper, Hello to Digital Signatures

A digital signature certificate is an electronic document that verifies the identity of the signer and provides a chain of trust for the digital signature. It is issued by a trusted third party, known as a Certificate Authority (CA), and contains information about the signer's public key, the digital signature algorithm used, and the signing time. The digital signature certificate acts as a secure and tamper-evident way to verify the authenticity of the digital signature and the signer's identity. When a digital signature is verified, the certificate is used to confirm that the signer's public key belongs to the claimed identity and that the signature was generated using a trusted digital signature algorithm. Digital signature certificates are widely used in a variety of applications, including secure email, secure file transfer, and secure e-commerce transactions, to provide a secure and trustworthy way to verify the identity of the signer and the authenticity of the signed data.

Requirements for applying for a Digital Signature Certificate

Steps to apply for a Digital Signature Certificate

STEP 1: Choose a Certifying Authority (CA) that is licensed by the government to issue digital signature certificates. In case you are applying for an individual DSC, click on ‘individual’. A new tab containing the DSC Registration Form will appear. Download the DSC Registration Form on your PC.

STEP 2: Fill the necessary details Once you have downloaded the form, fill in all the necessary details as required in the form:

  • Class of the DSC.
  • Validity.
  • Type: Only Sign or Sign & Encrypt.
  • Applicant Name & Contact Details.
  • Residential Address.
  • GST Number & Identity Details of Proof Documents.
  • Declaration.
  • Document as proof of identity.
  • Document as proof of address.
  • Attestation Officer.
  • Payment Details.
  • On filling up all the necessary details you must affix your recent photograph and put your signature under the declaration. Check thoroughly for completion of the form.Take a print of the completed form and preserve it.

    STEP 3: Submit the completed application form and any required documents, such as a copy of your ID or passport, to the CA either online or physically.

    STEP 4: Pay the required fee for the digital signature certificate.

    STEP 5: Schedule an appointment with the CA or a Registration Authority (RA) to verify your identity and complete the authentication process.

    STEP 6: Provide your biometric details, such as fingerprints, to the CA or RA for verification. Receive your digital signature certificate after the verification process is completed.

    STEP 7: Install your digital signature certificate on your computer or digital device, and start using it to sign documents and transactions electronically.