Digital Signature Certificate in Chennai

Digital signature certificates are the digital equivalent (i.e. electronic format) of physical or paper certificates. Examples of physical certificates are driver's licenses, passports or membership cards. Certificates serve as identity of an individual for a certain purpose, e.g. a driver's license identifies someone who can legally drive in a particular country. Likewise, a digital certificate can be presented electronically to prove your identity or your right to access information or services on the Internet.

Digital Signature Certificate serve as your identity in the digital world. Just as a passport or a driver's license is used to uniquely identify individuals in the physical world, digital certificates are used to identify entities in digital transactions. Based on Public Key Cryptography, these Digital Certificates associate every entity with a unique pair of credentials - the public key and the private key. Only the owner of a Digital Certificate has access to the private key and can use it to digitally sign and encrypt any digital information such as emails, forms, files etc

Personal Digital Certificates
These are issued to individuals, companies and government organizations. They can be used both for personal and commercial purposes such as e-procurement, electronic banking, electronic data interchange (EDI), and membership-based on-line services, where security is a major concern.



FAQ

What is a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)?


Digital Signature Certificates are electronic format of physical signatures. DSC can be presented electronically to access information or services on the Internet, to prove the identity or to sign certain documents digitally.

Why is DSC required?
W.e.f. 16th September 2006 all the documents required to be filed with ROC have to be filed on portal of Ministry of Corporate Affairs at www.mca.gov.in using Digital Signature Certificate.

Who issues the Digital Signature Certificate?
A licensed Certifying Authority (CA) issues the digital signature. Various certifying authorities licensed by MCA include TCS, SIFY and MTNL etc.

Is Director Identification Number (DIN) a pre-requisite to apply for DSC?
It is not necessary that person should first have DIN number as a pre-requisite to apply for DSC. DSC can be obtained without DIN. But both DSC and DIN are required for filing any documents on portal of MCA.

What is the validity period of a Digital Signature Certificate?
The Certifying Authorities are authorized to issue a Digital Signature Certificate with validity or one or two years.

What is the legal status of a Digital Signature?
Digital Signatures have legal validity and are admitted in Court of Law for various purposes

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