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How to choose right Digital Signature as per requirement ?

Updated: May 2

Confused in how to choose and obtain a digital signature in india ? Looking for digital signature certificate but not sure about which one to choose ? We will help you today !

Class 3 Digital Signature
How to apply digital signature certificate and its benefits.

Digital Signature Certificates in India are based on Classes, Types of Certificates, User Types and validity. Currently Class 3 Digital Signature is available in different types of users and certificates. Lets understand theses types:-


Type of Users

  1. Individual User : - Individual User DSC includes applicant's name, email id, pan, state name in digital signatures. For example, Sunil Goyal want to buy his own dsc. In this case dsc will include Sunil Goyal as his name, eMail ID, pan and state name. Individual User DSCs do not contains / includes Organization name in dsc. Any Indian or Foreign Individual User falls under this category.

  2. Organization User :- Organization User or Company User DSC contains Organization Name, Applicant name, eMail ID, personal PAN number, State name. In Case of DGFT DSC, it also contains IEC Code and branch code. Propertiorship, Partnership, Private Limited, Limited, LLP, NGO, Government Organization , Foreign Organization User falls under this category.




Types of Digital Signature Certificates :

  1. Signing Certificate :- Signing Certificate is used to sign any document or information. It is most popular certificate in India. Income Tax Return eFiling, GST, Provident Fund, ROC, MCA21 eFiling, Company Incorporation, Director KYC, Trademark eFiling and Registration are most common departments which accept signing certificate to complete work on their websites.

  2. Encryption Certificate : - Encryption Certificate is used to encrypt any document or information over the internet. Encryption certificate is required for most sensitive transactions like etendering, eprocurement, net banking etc. Encryption Certificate works with signing certificate. First Signing Certificate will be used to sign any document and then to encrypt, encryption certificate is required.

  3. Combo ( Signing & Encryption ) :- If you need signing and encryption both certificates, then you need to choose Combo during purchase of dsc.

  4. DGFT Digital Signature :- DGFT Digital Signature comes with only Signing Certificate and can be issued to companies who are having IEC ( Import Export Code ). DGFT DSC can be issued to Organization User only including Individual Applicant Name, Organization Name, eMail ID, PAN, IEC and Branch Code of Organization.


Digital Signature Validity :

Digital Signature Certificates can be issued for 1 Year, 2 Years and 3 Years. Among these all 2 Years DSC is most popular. Check Digital Signature Price for 2 Years & 3 Years here.




USB Token Required or Not ?


All Digital Signature Certificates can be downloaded only in DSC Tokens. USB DSC Token is a password protected hardware device that is required to plug in during the use of the DSC. If you do not have any USB Token already, then choose to buy a new USB Token or you can choose NO if you have a valid USB Token already. If you have a USB Token already with you send us image of that to check it will work or not.


Suggested Usage:


Class 3 Individual Digital Signature with Signing Certificate is required for below :-

  • Income Tax Return ( ITR ) eFiling

  • Audit eFiling, Traces

  • ROC and MCA eFiling

  • GST Registration

  • IEC Registration

  • Trademark and Patent eFiling

  • IRCTC eTicketing

  • Directors EKYC

  • Provident Fund, EPFO

  • Company Registration



Class 3 Individual Combo Digital Signature is required for below :-

  • ICEGate, eSanchit, MEIS, SEIS Website.

  • CERSAI


Class 3 Organization Combo Digital Signature is required for below :-

  • All Indian eTenders, eTendering Websites

  • All India eProcurement Websites

  • All Indian eBidding, eAuction Websites

  • Gram Panchayat, Gram Sachiv, Gram Pradhan

  • Gram Sarpanch, CERSAI Website

  • AICTE and CBSE Affiliated Institutions

  • Startup India, NSWS



DGFT Digital Signature is required for below :

  • IEC Updation / Renewal

  • DGFT Application eFiling

  • Applications eFiling etc

  • It can be used for only www.dgft.gov.in



Are you looking for Digital Signature Renewal :

In case of Digital Signature Renewal, process is same as obtaining a new digital signature in India. So you have to select your digital signature type as per usage described above. All Old USB Tokens are discontinued w.e.f 01st July 2023 by CCA ( Government of India Organization ). So, It is also mandatory to purchase USB DSC Token during a renewal. Check our blog post about How to do Digital Signature Renewal, Process & Cost.



Note :- We have provided a suggested list of websites and departments as per our knowledge. Type of DSC required may change by websites time to time, So Please verify it if you have any doubt before making a purchase.


For more queries and doubts, please contact us.

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