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Digital Signature Certificates

Digital Signature Certificates (DSC) are the digital equivalent (that is electronic format) of physical or paper certificates. Few Examples of physical certificates are drivers' licenses, passports or membership cards. Certificates serve as proof of identity of an individual for a certain purpose; for example, a driver's license identifies someone who can legally drive in a particular country. Likewise, a digital certificate can be presented electronically to prove one’s identity, to access information or services on the Internet or to sign certain documents digitally.

What is the process of obtaining DSC from Certifying Authority?

• Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) Applicants can directly approach Certifying Authorities (CAs) with original supporting documents, and self-attested copies will be sufficient in this case
• DSCs can also be obtained, wherever offered by CA, using Aadhar eKYC based authentication, and supporting documents are not required in this case
• A letter/certificate issued by a Bank containing the DSC applicant’s information as retained in the Bank database can be accepted. Such letter/certificate should be certified by the Bank Manager .

Why is Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) required?

Physical documents are signed manually, similarly, electronic documents, for example e-forms are required to be signed digitally using a Digital Signature Certificate.

What are the different types of Digital Signature Certificates valid for MCA21 program?

The different types of Digital Signature Certificates are:

Class 2: Here, the identity of a person is verified against a trusted, pre-verified database.

Class 3: This is the highest level where the person needs to present himself or herself in front of a Registration Authority (RA) and prove his/ her identity.

What should I do if Certificate carries the message "validity unknown" in the Digital Signature of ROC with a question mark?

Kindly follow the steps given below:

1. Download the Certificate corresponding to approved SRN from the FO portal..

2. Open the certificate and check whether the signature is validated or not, if DSC marked as “?” then we need to validate the same.

3. Right click on the signature and click on “Show Signature Properties”.

4. Click on “Show Certificate” tab.

5. We will find 6 tabs in a single row, click on “Trust” tab.

6. Click on “Add to Trusted Identities” tab as shown below

7. Now a dialogue box will appear for the acrobat security on clicking the “Add to Trusted Identities” tab, click on “ok”.

8. Check all check boxes as shown below under Trust Tab. Click on “Ok” button.

9. Click on the “Validate Signature” tab and check the Validity Summary points mentioned under Summary tab will change to green coloured and warning sign as shown below

10. Close the signature properties.

11.The Signature is authenticated then the certificate DSC marked as “?” will turn into green coloured tick mark as shown below. If signature is not valid then user has to raise ticket to get the valid signature.