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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the uses of Class 3 Digital Signature?
    Class 3 digital Signature Certificate can be used for signing of agreements, invoices or other documents, MCA e-filing, Income Tax e-filing, LLP registration, GST application, IE code registration, Form 16, Patent and trademark, e-filing, Customs e-filing and more.
  • Differents between Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3 Digital Signatures
    Class 1 Certificate Assurance Level: Class 1 certificates shall be issued for both business personnel and private individuals use. These certificates will confirm that the information in the application provided by the subscriber does not conflict with the information in well-recognized consumer databases. Applicability: This provides a basic level of assurance relevant to environments where there are risks and consequences of data compromise, but they are not considered to be of major significance. Availability: Class 1 issuance is discontinued. No person/organization will be able to purchase or renew Class 1 DSC Class 2 Certificate Assurance Level: These certificates will be issued for both business personnel and private individual's use. These certificates will confirm that the information in the application provided by the subscriber does not conflict with the information in well-recognized consumer databases. Applicability: This level is relevant to environments where risks and consequences of data compromise are moderate. This may include transactions having substantial monetary value or risk of fraud, or involving access to private information where the likelihood of malicious access is substantial. Availability: Class 2 issuance is discontinued. No person/organization will be able to purchase or renew Class 2 DSC Class 3 Certificate Assurance Level: This certificate will be issued to individuals as well as organizations. As these are high assurance certificates, primarily intended for e-commerce applications, they shall be issued to individuals only on their personal (physical) appearance before the Certifying Authorities. Applicability: This level is relevant to environments where threats to data are high or the consequences of the failure of security services are high. This may include very high value transactions or high levels of fraud risk. Availability: Class 3 DSC is the most commonly used certificate and is now able to purchase new or renewed.
  • What is Digital Signature?
    Digital Signature Certificates (DSC) are the digital equivalent (that is electronic format) of physical or paper certificates. 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. This certificate is store in a USB device called USB token with high level of security PIN.
  • Who is a Certifying Authority (CA)?
    Certifying Authorities (CA) has been granted a license to issue a digital signature certificate by Controller of Certifying Authorities under Section 24 of the Indian IT-Act 2000. One can procure Class 2 or 3 certificates from any of the certifying authorities.
  • What is DGFT Digital Signature?
    DGFT Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) is a vital digital tool for online transactions and organization registration. It is used by Export and Import Organizations (EXIM Organizations) to facilitate foreign exchange activities.
  • What are the different classes of Digital Signature Certificates?
    Class 1 : The verification requirements are (i) Aadhaar eKYC Biometric or (ii) paper based application form and supporting documents or (iii) Aadhaar eKYC OTP + Video Verification . The Private Key generation and storage can be in software. Class 2 : The verification requirements are (i) Aadhaar eKYC Biometric or (ii) Paper based application form and supporting documents or (iii) Aadhaar eKYC OTP + Video Verification . The Private Key generation and storage should be in Hardware cryptographic device validated to , FIPS 140-2 level 2. Class 3 : The verification requirements are (i) Aadhaar eKYC Biometric or (ii) Paper based application form and supporting documents and (physical personal appearance before CA or Video verification) or (iii) Aadhaar eKYC OTP + Video Verification . The Private Key generation and storage should be in Hard ware cryptographic device validated to FIPS 140-2 level 2
  • Whether signature will be valid after the expiry of the certificate?
    Signatures are to be verified with respect to signature affixing time. If the certificate is valid at the time of signature, the signature is deemed to be valid.
  • Who is a Registration Authority (RA)?
    RA interacts with the DSC applicants for collection of documents and help them for submission of DSC application and in some cases for obtaining and using hardware Crypto device. CAs are responsible for verification and issuance of DSC to applicant. In the case of Aadhaar eKYC based identity verification CA may use RA service for facilitating the same. The responsibilities of an organisational RA are different from these of an RA which deals with individuals claiming no organisational affiliation.
  • Who is Controller of Certifying Authorities (CCA)?
    The Controller of Certifying Authorities (CCA) is a government organization that administers and monitors the functioning of Certification Authorities that issue encrypted (a technique for secure communication) digital certificates. This type of encryption allows relying parties to have an authenticated transfer of data under a secure connection, and the Authority has well-defined methods of assuring the identity of parties to whom it issues certificates. It also confirms the attribution of a public key to an identified physical person by means of a public key certificate. Departing from the use of text alone, the Logo for CCA is a Brandmark Logo comprising of graphic (Key) and typographic elements just beneath the Logo. The key in the logo represents the technique for secure communication expressing the identity of the organisation.
  • What is an Encryption Certificate?
    An encryption certificate is used to read or encode the encrypted sensitive information in an email or document. Some websites or departments require the encryption certificate because high-value transactions can be read only by the intended recipient.
  • What is the legal status of a Digital Signature?
    Digital Signatures are legally admissible in a Court of Law, as provided under the provisions of IT Act, 2000
  • Is there a "Specimen Digital Signature" like paper signature?
    No. The Digital signature changes with content of the message.
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