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What is Digital Signature?

A digital signature certificate (DSC) is a secure digital key issued by recognized certifying authorities to validate the identity of the certificate holder. A digital signature certificate (DSC) includes information such as the user’s name, pin code, country, email address, certificate issuance date, and certifying authority’s name.

Digital Signature Certificates or DSC or Digital Signature are being adopted by various government agencies and now is a statutory requirement in various applications. Capricorn offers different class of certificates to help organization and individuals secure online transactions with legal validity as per the Indian IT Act, 2000.

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A person can obtain one or more DSCs for personal and professional uses. These Digital Signature Certificates are accepted as evidence in legal courts and other official organizations.

Benefits of a Digital Signature Certificate

Holding a Digital Signature Certificate has many advantages, some of them are discussed as follows :

When conducting business online, a DSC helps in authenticating the personal information of the individual holder.

Enhanced security:
The DSC’s enhanced security features avoid unauthorised access to your documents and records. No one can forge your signature, tamper with the records, or change the contents of your paper. Your DSC verifies and authenticates the signature.

Reduced cost and time:
Digital signatures ensure a smoother workflow in an organization by limiting the time and cost spent on signing documents and contracts. Documents can be signed by the required persons in a click of a button. This is especially useful when the signer is located in a different area and there is no dependency for him/her to be physically present.

Data integrity:
Digitally signed documents cannot be changed or modified after they have been signed, making the records safe and stable. These certificates are often required by government entities in order to cross-check and validate business transactions.

Type of Certificates

Digital Signature Certificates or DSC or Digital Signature are being adopted by various government agencies and now is a statutory requirement in various applications. Capricorn offers different class of certificates to help organization and individuals secure online transactions with legal validity as per the Indian IT Act, 2000.

Capricorn certificates conform to x.509 standard of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) in India where in additionally these are issued as per IVG and IOG guidelines issued by the office of Controller of Certifying Authorities.
There are various Type and Class of DSC, the information below would help you to arrive to the right certificate for your needs.


Sign DSC can only be used for signing documents. The most popular usage of is signing the PDF file for Tax Returns, MCA and other websites. Signing via DSC gives the assurance of not only the integrity of the signer but also the data. It is proof of untampered and unaltered data.

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Encrypt DSC can only be used to encrypt a document, it is popularly used in the tender portal, to help companies encrypt the documents and upload. You could also use the certificate to encrypt and send classified information. Encrypt DSC is fit for e-commerce documents, legal documentation and sharing documents that are highly confidential and contains information that needs to be protected. We are selling Encrypt certificate as a standalone product as well.

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Sign & Encrypt

Our Sign & Encrypt DSC can be used for both signing and encrypting. It is convenient for users who need to authenticate and maintain the confidentiality of the information shared. Its usage includes filing government form and application.

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Types of Classes in Certificates

As mentioned above, we have seen how the DSC can be obtained by individuals or business entities for personal or professional uses. Therefore, depending on the applicant and purpose of obtaining the DSC, one must apply for the most suitable class of certificates.

The three DSC classes have been discussed below :

Class 2 Certificates:
We offer Class 2 Digital Signature (DSC) to individuals and organizations DSC for both Indian and foreign applicant. The main function of this certificate is to authenticate the details of the signer. It re-affirms the already mentioned data of the user. It is used in various form-filling, online registration, email attestation, income tax filing and etc. More uses of Class 2 Digital Signature Certificates are given below.

➤  MCA e-filing
➤  Income Tax e-filing
➤  LLP registration
➤  GST application
➤  IEC code registration

Class 3 Certificates:
We also offer class 3 digital signature certificate according to IVG guideline which is more secure in comparison to class 2 certificate, This is the safest of all certificates. It is used in matters of high security and safety. It is mainly used in online trading and e-commerce, where a huge amount of money or highly confidential information is involved. If you opt for class 3 certificate, all applications which are created for Class 2, should be able to recognize your certificates. Following are the main functions of Class 3 certificates.

➤  E-tendering
➤  Patent and trademark E-filing
➤  MCA E-filing
➤  Customs E-filing
➤  E-procurement
➤  E-biding
➤  E-auction

DGFT Certificates:
DGFT Certificate Issued by the organization only with the presence of a signing certificate. It comes under the play when the digital signature is required in the electronic format for transactions though web browsers on the DGFT portal. We have a special Digital Signature certificate for IEC code holders, this certificate is specifically used for DGFT portal.

*The IT law allows us three Classes of DSC, however we only sell Class 2 and Class 3 certificates. We are not selling Class 1 Certificates. The difference between Class 2 and Class 3 is verification guidelines.

How DSCs Work

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A DSC is created based on the PKI mechanism where two keys, a public key and a private key, are generated. The private key is kept by the signer and the public key is required by the receiver to decrypt the information regarding the identity of the user during an information exchange. The user can store the private key on a computer or hard disk as a token and access it with their respective password issued.

During the transfer of information, both the keys are used by the browser and the server to encrypt and decrypt information to authorize the identity of the user. The public key is disseminated with the encrypted information. The authentication process fails even if one of the keys does not match. Hence, the encrypted data cannot be decrypted, making unauthorized access impossible.

Who Could Buy DSCs

There is no limitation on who could buy Digital Signature Certificate, people and organization from India and outside India can buy our certificates, provided they meet our Verification Guidelines. Please look at our list below to select an appropriate application form.

➤  Individuals:
The DSC is for Indians, who do not want their organization name to be part of the certificate. Click here

➤  Organization:
The DSC is for companies (any type of entity), who want their organization name to be part of DSC. Click here

➤  Foreign Individuals:
The DSC is for foreigners and would like to use our certificate in their name. Click here

➤  Foreign Organization:
The DSC is for Organizations registered outside India would like to use our Digital certificates. Click here

➤  Document Signer Certificate:
If you intend to use our certificate for bulk signing of documents, you could use our Bulk Signer Certificates. We would offer this certificate in PFX file for Class 2 and is sold to Organizations only. Click here

➤  IET Certificates:
We have a special Digital Signature certificate for IEC code holders, this certificate is specifically used for DGFT portal. Click here

Documents Required For DSC

The requirements for applying a Digital Signature Certificate are as follows —

For Indians Individuals:

  • ID proof: passport/driving license or any photo identity issued by the govt.
  • PAN card
  • Address proof: Aadhaar card/voter ID/driving license/registration certificate
  • Attesting officer proof

Indian organizations:

  • Organizational PAN
  • Partnership deed, if applicable
  • List of authorized signatories which could be the list of directors, board resolution, etc.
  • Authorized signatory ID proof
  • GST certificate

For Indian companies, the documents may differ depending upon the type of entity like partnership, proprietorship, sole ownership, LLP, etc.

Foreign individuals and organizations:

  • Attested copy of applicant’s passport
  • Attested copy of visa, if the applicant is out of their native country
  • Attested copy of resident permit certificate, if the applicant is in India
  • Attested copy of any govt-issued address proof

Foreign attestation procedure For DSC:

An authorization letter must be sought with the respective company seal and signature from the.

  • Embassy of the native country (If the applicant is out of their native country)
  • Apostilled by the native country after a public notary (if the country is in the Hague Convention). For example, Austria, Greece, Oman, Australia, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, etc.
  • Consularized by the native country, after a public notary (if the country is not in the Hague Convention). For example, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, etc.

How to Apply for a Digital Signature Certificate -

At Shobhit Associates, our experts will help you get your DSC in just Five simple steps:

How to Apply for a Digital Signature Certificate

Visit the Website.

Fill all the details on DSC Application Form as per your requirements.

Make the online payment for your DSC Application.

One of the DSC registration executives will process your DSC Application.

Within 1-2 hour you will receive your DSC certificate in your registered e-mail address.

Why Shobhit Associates

We are authorized providers of digital signature certificates, DSC Tender Combo & Class 3 USB Token partnered with some of the prominent and licensed certifying authorities in India. Some of the best reasons to choose Shobhit Associates for a DSC are:

  • Simple and speedy process.
  • Data confidentiality assured.
  • Guidance on accessing and using USB tokens for e-filings.
  • Delivery of digital signature USB tokens that are compliant with FIPS security standards.
  • Digital signature with advanced SHA-256 algorithm as mandated by the government of India.

The DSC Glossary

DSC – Digital Signature Certificate

CCA – Controller of Certifying Authorities

CA – Certifying Authority

MCA – Ministry of Corporate Affairs

RA – Registration Authority

DSC Tender – Companies and organisations who participate in or plan to participate in eTendering processes on various Government websites must have a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC). A digital signature certificate not only makes it possible for e Tendering, which is very convenient and transparent, but also increases the security of other online transactions.

E-document – Electronic document means information that is created, generated, sent, communicated, received, or stored by electronic means. Example: purchase orders, invoices, credit/debit notes etc.