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Complete By* : 25 Apr, 2024

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What is a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)?

 

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.

 

 

 

Documents Required

PAN Card

Address Proof

Aadhaar Card

Passport Size Photo

* (All documents in Pdf scanned. Image file in jpeg format)

* (All documents to be Self Attested and signed on each page)

Registrations

Digital signature Certificate (DSC)

(Signature in a USB token)

Steps for Registration

Collect information and documents

Submission of request for issue of DSC

Mobile App to be downloaded by client

Video verification

Digital Signature Certificate is created and USB token is sent

Register DSC with the portal that you want to use it with. Thereafter, your DSC is ready for E-Signing of documents.

Uses of DSC

(Digital Signature Certificate)

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs- a Central government Ministry is primarily concerned with administration of the Companies Act 2013, the Companies Act 1956, the Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008 & other allied Acts and rules & regulations framed thereunder, mainly for regulating the functioning of the corporate sector in accordance with law.

Emails

Used for sending and receiving digitally signed and encrypted emails.

Web Based Transactions

It is used for carrying out secure web-based transactions, or to identify other participants of web-based transactions.

Signing of Forms/ Tenders

It is used in eTendering, eProcurement, MCA [for Registrar of Companies efiling], Income Tax [for efiling income tax returns] Applications and also in many other applications.

Signing of Documents

For signing documents like MS Word, MS Excel and PDFs.

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.


 

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Class 3 DSC can be used for:

MCA e-filing, Income Tax e-filing

LLP Registration, GST Application

IE Code Registration, Form 16

CBSE School, Director's KYC, etc

e-Tendering, e-Procurement

e-Biding, ICEGATE, Foreign Trade

Patent and Trademark e-filing

Customs e-filing, e-Auction, etc

 

FAQs

 

Who can obtain a Digital Signature?

A DSC can be obtained by any person (Indian Citizen and Foreign Nationals) and any type of business entity (Partnership, LLP, Company, Trust and others).

 

Validity of Digital Signature?

DSC comes generally with a validity of one or two years but can easily be renewed.

 

Requirement of Physical verification?

There is no such process of physical verification involved except in Class III DSC.

 

Legal Validity?

Yes, subsequent to the enactment of Information Technology Act 2000 in India, Digital Signature Certificates are legally valid in India. Digital Signature Certificates are issued by licensed Certifying Authorities under the Ministry of Information Technology, Government of India as per the Information Technology Act.

 

Multiple Email address?

DSC works with only one single email address.

 

DSC for Importers/ Exporters?

Class III DGFT Digital Signature Certificate is required for DGFT website to communicate.

 

Can a person have two digital signatures say one for official use and other one for personal use? 

Yes. this is possible.

 

Is DSC safe?

Digital signatures are secure, and it is complicated to falsify one.

 

Does one require multiple certificates for different application?

No, Ideally, there should not be any requirement for different certificates, however the person holding lower assurance Class 2 certificate may require higher assurance Class 3 certificates for application which demand the same. The higher assurance Class 3 certificates can be used wherever application requires lower assurance certificate. Apart from assurance, depending on the information included in the DSC (For example PAN Number may be required by application) additional certificates may be required.

 

Who is an NRI?

As per RBI- A ‘Non-resident Indian’ (NRI) is a person resident outside India who is a citizen of India.

 

As per Income Tax Act, 1961 "non-resident" means a person who is not a "resident", and for the purposes of sections 92, 93 and 168, includes a person who is not ordinarily resident within the meaning of clause (6) of section 6 ;

 

The word “person" includes—

(i) an individual,

(ii) a Hindu undivided family,

(iii) a company,

(iv) a firm,

(v) an association of persons or a body of individuals, whether incorporated or not,

(vi) a local authority, and

(vii) every artificial juridical person, not falling within any of the preceding sub-clauses.

 

Explanation.—For the purposes of this clause, an association of persons or a body of individuals or a local authority or an artificial juridical person shall be deemed to be a person, whether or not such person or body or authority or juridical person was formed or established or incorporated with the object of deriving income, profits or gains;

 

How to determine that an Individual is NRI?

'Non-resident Indian' is an individual who is a citizen of India or a person of Indian origin and who is not a resident of India. Thus, in order to determine whether an Individual is a non-resident Indian or not, his residential status is required to be determined under Section 6. As per section 6 of the Income-tax Act, an individual is said to be non-resident in India if he is not a resident in India and an individual is deemed to be resident in India in any previous year if he satisfies any of the following conditions:

 1.  If he is in India for a period of 182 days or more during the previous year; or

 2.  If he is in India for a period of 60 days or more during the previous year and 365 days or more during 4 years immediately preceding the previous year.

However, in respect of an Indian citizen and a person of Indian origin who visits India during the year, the period of 60 days as mentioned in (2) above shall be substituted with 182 days. The similar concession is provided to the Indian citizen who leaves India in any previous year as a crew member or for the purpose of employment outside India.

 

The Finance Act, 2020, w.e.f., Assessment Year 2021-22 has amended the above exception to provide that the period of 60 days as mentioned in (2) above shall be substituted with 120 days, if an Indian citizen or a person of Indian origin whose total income, other than income from foreign sources, exceeds Rs. 15 lakhs during the previous year. Income from foreign sources means income which accrues or arises outside India (except income derived from a business controlled in or a profession set up in India).

 

An Indian citizen shall be deemed to be resident in India only if his total income, other than income from foreign sources, exceeds Rs. 15 lakhs during the previous year. For this provision, income from foreign sources means income which accrues or arises outside India (except income derived from a business controlled in or a profession set up in India).

 

However, such individual shall be deemed to be Indian resident only when he is not liable to tax in any country or jurisdiction by reason of his domicile or residence or any other criteria of similar nature.

 

Thus, from Assessment Year 2021-22, an Indian Citizen earning total income in excess of Rs. 15 lakhs (other than from foreign sources) shall be deemed to be resident in India if he is not liable to pay tax in any country.

 

A person shall be deemed to be of Indian origin if he, or either of his parents or any of his grand-parents, was born in undivided India.

6. For the purposes of this Act,—

 

(1) An individual is said to be resident in India in any previous year, if he—

 

(a) is in India in that year for a period or periods amounting in all to one hundred and eighty-two days or more ; or

 

(b) [***]

 

(c) having within the four years preceding that year been in India for a period or periods amounting in all to three hundred and sixty-five days or more, is in India for a period or periods amounting in all to sixty days or more in that year.

 

Explanation 1.—In the case of an individual,—

 

(a) being a citizen of India, who leaves India in any previous year as a member of the crew of an Indian ship as defined in clause (18) of section 3 of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 (44 of 1958), or for the purposes of employment outside India, the provisions of sub-clause (c) shall apply in relation to that year as if for the words "sixty days", occurring therein, the words "one hundred and eighty-two days" had been substituted ;

 

(b) being a citizen of India, or a person of Indian origin within the meaning of Explanation to clause (e) of section 115C, who, being outside India, comes on a visit to India in any previous year, the provisions of sub-clause (c) shall apply in relation to that year as if for the words "sixty days", occurring therein, the words "one hundred and eighty-two days" had been substituted 30[and in case of 31[such person] having total income, other than the income from foreign sources, exceeding fifteen lakh rupees during the previous year, for the words "sixty days" occurring therein, the words "one hundred and twenty days" had been substituted.]

 

Explanation 2.—For the purposes of this clause, in the case of an individual, being a citizen of India and a member of the crew of a foreign bound ship leaving India, the period or periods of stay in India shall, in respect of such voyage, be determined in the manner and subject to such conditions as may be prescribed.32

 

33[(1A) Notwithstanding anything contained in clause (1), an individual, being a citizen of India, having total income, other than the income from foreign sources, exceeding fifteen lakh rupees during the previous year shall be deemed to be resident in India in that previous year, if he is not liable to tax in any other country or territory by reason of his domicile or residence or any other criteria of similar nature.]

 

A Hindu undivided family, firm or other association of persons is said to be resident in India in any previous year in every case except where during that year the control and management of its affairs is situated wholly outside India.

 

 A company is said to be a resident in India in any previous year, if—

 (i) it is an Indian company; or

(ii) its place of effective management, in that year, is in India.

Explanation- For the purposes of this clause "place of effective management" means a place where key management and commercial decisions that are necessary for the conduct of business of an entity as a whole are, in substance made.

 

Every other person is said to be resident in India in any previous year in every case, except where during that year the control and management of his affairs is situated wholly outside India.

 

NOT ORDINARILY RESIDENT

 A person is said to be "not ordinarily resident" in India in any previous year if such person is—

 

(a) an individual who has been a non-resident in India in nine out of the ten previous years preceding that year, or has during the seven previous years preceding that year been in India for a period of, or periods amounting in all to, seven hundred and twenty-nine days or less; or

 

(b) a Hindu undivided family whose manager has been a non-resident in India in nine out of the ten previous years preceding that year, or has during the seven previous years preceding that year been in India for a period of, or periods amounting in all to, seven hundred and twenty-nine days or less 35[; or

 

(c) a citizen of India, or a person of Indian origin, having total income, other than the income from foreign sources, exceeding fifteen lakh rupees during the previous year, as referred to in clause (b) of Explanation1 to clause (1), who has been in India for a period or periods amounting in all to one hundred and twenty days or more but less than one hundred and eighty-two days; or

 

(d) a citizen of India who is deemed to be resident in India under clause (1A).

 

Explanation- For the purposes of this section, the expression "income from foreign sources" means income which accrues or arises outside India (except income derived from a business controlled in or a profession set up in India) and which is not deemed to accrue or arise in India.


 

Procedure for attestation of documents:

 

In case, the director is residing outside India, then the attached supporting documents should be attested as follows:

A.

Proof of Identity-Passport/PAN Card

Authority of attestation

 

For Indian National (Non-Resident)-who is residing in country which is part of Commonwealth countries

Attested by India Embassy

 

For Indian National (Non-Resident)-who is residing in country which is part of Hague countries

Attested by India Embassy

 

For Indian National (Non-Resident)-who is residing in a country outside the Commonwealth and which is not a party to the Hague Apostille Convention, 1961

Attested by India Embassy

     

B

Proof of Address for Indian Citizen (RI or NRI)

Authority of attestation

 

For Indian National (Non-Resident)-Permanent address in India

Any professional CA/CS or CMA (Practising)

 

For Indian National (Non-Resident)-Present address at overseas - which is a country under CommonWealth countries

Notarised by Public Notary

 

For Indian National (Non-Resident)-Present address at overseas - which is a country under hague Convention

1. Notarised by the Public Notary of that foreign country; and

2. Apostilled by the competent authority of that foreign country

 

For Indian National (Non-Resident) - Present address at overseas - -who is residing in a country outside the Commonwealth and which is not a party to the Hague Apostille Convention, 1961

1. Notarised before the Notary (Public) of such country; and

2. The certificate of the Notary (Public) shall be authenticated by a Diplomatic or Consular Officer



 

In case, the director is a foreign national, then the attached supporting documents should be attested as follows:

A.

Proof of Identity-Passport

Authority of attestation

 

For Foreign National residing in his own country which is under Hague Convention

1. Notarised by the Public Notary of that foreign country; and

2. Apostilled by the competent authority of that foreign country

 

For Foreign National residing outside his country and that country where he resides is under Hague Convention

Option A- Notarised by the Public Notary of that foreign country; and

Apostilled by the competent authority of that foreign country

Or

Option B - Attested by Embassy of his country of origin at place where he resides

 

For Foreign National residing in his own country which is under commonwealth country

Notarised by the Public Notary

 

For Foreign National residing outside his country and that country where he resides is under commonwealth country

Option A- Notarised by the Public Notary of that foreign country;

Or

Option B - Attested by Embassy of his country of origin at place where he resides

     

B.

Proof of Address (Foreign National)

Authority of attestation

 

For Foreign National residing in his own country which is under Hague Convention

1. Notarised by the Public Notary of that foreign country; and

2. Apostilled by the competent authority of that foreign country

 

For Foreign National residing outside his country and that country where he resides is under Hague Convention

Option A- Notarised by the Public Notary of that foreign country; and

Apostilled by the competent authority of that foreign country

Or

Option B - Attested by Embassy of his country of origin at place where he resides

 

For Foreign National residing in his own country which is under commonwealth country

Notarised by the Public Notary

 

For Foreign National residing outside his country and that country where he resides is under commonwealth country

Option A- Notarised by the Public Notary of that foreign country;

Or

Option B - Attested by Embassy of his country of origin at place where he resides

 

For Foreign National who is from a country which is outside the Commonwealth and also not a party to the Hague Apostille Convention, 1961

1. Notarised before the Notary (Public) of such country; and

2. The certificate of the Notary (Public) shall be authenticated by a Diplomatic or Consular Officer


 

http://thecommonwealth.org/member-countries

http://www.internationalapostille.com/hague-apostille-member-countries/

 

Documents required

It is mandatory to display the original documents during video recording

 

Documents required for an Indian Individual 

  1. PAN Card
  2. Address Proof
  3. Passport size photograph (JPG/PNG format)


 

Documents required for an Indian organisation

 

Sole Proprietorship:

  1. PAN Card
  2. Business registration Certificate
  3. Passport size photograph (JPG/PNG format)
  4. Organisation and Applicant details in form
  5. GST details, if registered
  6. Bank Statement
  7. Authorisation letter from Proprietor

 

Resident Partnership :

  1. PAN Card
  2. Partnership deed containing list of partners
  3. Organisation ID proof of Applicant (ID Card/ HR letter)
  4. Passport size photograph (JPG/PNG format)
  5. Organisation and Applicant details in form
  6. GST details, if registered
  7. Bank Statement
  8. Authorisation letter from Partner, if applicant other than partner

 

Resident LLP:

  1. PAN Card
  2. LLP Agreement with list of Partners 
  3. Organisation ID proof of Applicant (ID Card/ HR letter)
  4. Passport size photograph (JPG/PNG format)
  5. Organisation and Applicant details in form
  6. GST details, if registered
  7. Bank Statement
  8. Authorisation letter from Partner, if applicant other than partner


 

Resident Company:

  1. PAN Card
  2. Board Resolution authorising the applicant
  3. Organisation ID proof of Applicant (ID Card/ HR letter)
  4. Passport size photograph (JPG/PNG format)
  5. Organisation and Applicant details in form
  6. GST details, if registered
  7. Bank Statement

                                                                                          

Foreign Individual

  1. Local government issued ID Proof
  2. Address Proof
  3. Passport size photograph (JPG/PNG format)

 

Foreign Organisation

  1. Organisation ID Proof
  2. Organisation Address Proof
  3. Organisation Authorisation Letter
  4. Registration/ Incorporation document
  5. Passport size photograph (JPG/PNG format)