Digital Signature Certificate, like hand written signature, establishes the
identity of the sender filing the documents through internet which sender cannot
revoke or deny. Accordingly, Digital Signature Certificate is a digital
equivalent of a hand written signature which has an extra data attached
electronically to any message or a document. Digital Signature also ensures
that no alterations are made to the data once the document has been digitally
signed. A DSC is normally valid for 1 or 2 years, after which it can be
renewed Digital Signature Certificate.
A Digital Signature is a method of verifying the authenticity of an electronic
document. Digital signatures are going to play an important role in our lives
with the gradual electronization of records and documents. The IT Act has given legal recognition to digital signature meaning, thereby,
that legally it has the same value as handwritten or signed signatures affixed
to a document for its verification.The Information Technology Act, 2000 provides the required legal sanctity to
the digital signatures based on asymmetric cryptosystems. The digital
signatures are now accepted at par withhandwritten signatures and the
electronic documents that have been digitally signed are treated at par with
paper documents Digital Signature Certificate.
WHO NEEDS A DIGITAL SIGNATURE CERTIFICATE ?
Under MCA21 Every person who is required to sign manual documents and returns
filed with ROC is required to obtain a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC).
Accordingly following have to obtain Digital Signature Certificate:
Directors, Auditors, Company Secretary - Whether in practice or in job, Bank Officials - for Registration and Satisfaction of Charges, Other Authorized Signatories Digital Signature Certificate.