How to apply for Digital Signature Certificate & its benefits

How to apply for Digital Signature Certificate & its benefits

Legal & Compliance

Vakilsearch Staff

Vakilsearch Staff

257 week ago — 7 min read

Background: A digital signature is an electronic fingerprint of sorts. It allows you to sign a document electronically and it validates the signer. In their previous article Vakilsearch shared the legal requirements to start an organic food business in India. Here they explain the benefits of a digital signature and how to obtain and digital signature certificate.


A digital signature is a mathematical plan for exhibiting the legitimacy of digital communication or paperwork.

A lot of corporates and executives are now inclined to digital signatures, but what precisely is it? Basically, digital signature is a computerised mark that is your electronic fingerprint. It gives you a chance to sign a document electronically and it approves your signature. It is a mathematical code that confirms the record from the sender and guarantees the report stays unaltered on reaching the beneficiary.

Benefits of digital signatures

  • Saves time

You never again need to worry that your director will come back from a vacation or meeting for that signature. Digital signatures guarantee that organisations save money on expense and time with documents and contracts closed down with a hit of a button. There is a lot of cost-cutting and time-saving particularly when the individual required signing is in a different place or not physically present in the current place. Documents can be closed down immediately, from anyplace. Be it a tablet, telephone or PC, digital signs can consistently guarantee this otherwise tiresome assignment is done within minutes.

  • Cost savings

Many organisations additionally observed huge cost-cutting or saving, with practically no cost in ink, paper, printing, checking, shipping or delivery or travel costs. There are additional savings in other roundabout costs, for example, filing, rekeying information, documenting, or tracking.

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  • Workflow efficiency

With lesser postponements, computerised signatures guarantee better proficiency in the work process. Overseeing and following records are made simpler, with lesser exertion and time included. Numerous highlights of the digital signs help accelerate the work procedure. For example, email notices help remind the individual to sign, while status following, help to know at which stage the archive is at.

  • Better customer experience

Digital signatures give the comfort of signing significant documents any place a client or the individual to sign is situated. People handling deals do not need to wait that the client will go to the bank or office. Records can be closed down at the entryway step. This is convenient, particularly in remote zones and small townships, imparting improved and customised administrations. The client has the opportunity to be anyplace, and connect with an organisation, making services and organisations undeniably progressively simple, fast and user-friendly.

  •   Security

With regards to signs, validness and security is the main concern. Digital signatures decrease the danger of duplication or modification of the report itself. Computerised signatures guarantee that signs are confirmed, valid and authentic. Signers are furnished with PINs, secret phrase and codes that can validate and confirm their character and favour their signs. Time stepping gives the date and time of the mark and in this manner imparts a track of the archive, limiting any danger of altering or misrepresentation. Security highlights set in advanced signs guarantee that records have not been modified without approval.

  • Legal validity

Computerised signs give legitimacy and guarantees that the signature is checked. This can remain in any courtroom like some other signed paper archive. Time stepping and capacity to track and effectively chronicle records improve and disentangle audit and consistency.

  • Future validity

Digital signs likewise hold legitimacy into what’s to come. ETSI (European Telecommunications Standard Institute) PDF Advanced Signatures (PAdES) with its eIDAS necessities have legitimacy well into the future with its long term signature set-up. Thereby digital signs will continue to be legitimate for a long time to come.

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  • Environmental benefits

As corporates and business become progressively aware of their responsibility to sustainability, a digital sign is a stage ahead in their endeavours in diminishing waste and being eco-friendly.

  • Business efficiency

The costs engaged with incorporating computerised signs into the work procedures are generally minor, contrasted with its advantages. With faster contract turnaround time, and diminished the work process time, digital signatures are perfect for both small and big companies.

Requirements for applying a digital signature certificate

  1. Submission of DSC application form appropriately filled in by the candidate.

It is mandatory for anybody applying for a Digital Signature Certificate to fill an application form for online submission and have personal details checked by the authorities.

  1. Provide photo ID proof
  2. Provide address proof


To fill in the application form the please sign in to the site of the Certifying Authority.

Digital Signature Certificates are issued by the Certifying Authority delegated by the Ministry of Electronics and Telecommunications, Government of India. Currently, there are two identified DSC issuing offices in India:
1. E-Mudra
2. Sify

For firm registration, you need a class 2 type DSC. To get a DSC issued by E-Mudra or Sify, you need the below things handy:

  1. PAN Card
  2. Address proof (Voter ID/ Aadhaar/Passport/ Driving License/Bank Statement/Electricity Bill)
  3. Colour passport size photographs
  4. A functioning e-mail ID and an active mobile number for verification purposes.

You should fill an application form and submit it to the agents named by E-Mudra or Sify. They will process your DSC application. It tends to be issued in 1 day itself.

For the most part practising Company Secretaries, who aides in organisation registration, will get your Digital Signature Certificate issued as a piece of joining process. It is recommended to contact the Practicing Company Secretary for Digital Signature Certificate issuance and moreover for the firm registration.


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