A digital Signature is just another form of a signature. It helps to authentify electronic documents just like a handwritten sign helps to verify physical documents. To verify documents and to get access to specific services on internet, Digital Signature Certificate is required. It’s must for IPO e-filing, Patent e-filing and Trademark e-filing. It is helpful for e-Trading, e-Procurement, e-Filing of income tax returns and to register companies online, too.
Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) can be issued through Controller of Certifying Authorities (CCA), Government of India, and licensed by Code Solutions- CA. CA means a person who has the permission to issue a digital signature certificate under section 24 of the Information Technology act, 2000 and has granted a license.
DSC varies from its class. The Class I DSC validates the email address of its users. The Class II DSC is allotted to a person when his/her identity is verified against a pre-verified data. And the Class III is issued to a person who has verified his/her identity by being physically present at the authorized Govt. body and thus the class III is the most trusted DSC. The fees for issuing a DSC may vary from one institution to another and has the validation of 1 to 2 years.