Digital Signature Certificate

Know about discontinuance of DSC, Class-2

Discontinuance Of DSC

Digital Signature Certificate or DSC is a safe digital key issued by the certifying authority to approve and affirm the identity of the individual holding this certificate. It utilizes the open key encryption to make the signatures.

DSC Class-2 are issued to the directors/signatory specialists of the organizations with the end goal of e-filing with the Registrar of Companies (ROC). Class 2 certificate is compulsory for people who need to sign manual records while filing of Returns with the Registrar of Companies.

With effect from 1st January, 2021, issuance of new Digital signature certificate, Class-2 shall be discontinued and only DSC, Class-3 will be issued to Government and private departments. However, the existing/already issued/downloaded Digital signature certificate, Class-2 till 31st December, 2020 shall remain valid till its expiry. Apart from this, following are the key changes that will take effect from 1st January, 2021:
– Government user will be required to do video verification.
– Issuance of digital signature certificate, Class-3 will be paperless.
– DSC, Class-3 will be used for Income Tax, GST fillings, ROC fillings etc.
– The downloading time limit of digital signature certificate, Class-3 shall be within 30 days of approval.

Documents required for application of DSC, Class-3
Individual/Proprietorship Firm

Documents Required

Business registration certificate containing name of the proprietor confirming the business ownership of the authorized signatory/proprietor.

Government issued identity proof(PAN, Voter ID, Passport, Aadhaar Card or Driving License)

Valid mobile number and e-mail address


Partnership Firm

Documents Required

Copy of list of partners and partnership deed.(First page to contain the name of authorized signatory/partner’s name)

If authorized signatory is not a partner to the firm, then Letter of Authorization from partner is required.

Government issued identity proof(PAN, Voter ID, Passport, Aadhaar Card or Driving License or Organization ID card)

Valid mobile number and e-mail address


Limited Partnership Firm

Documents Required

Copy of list of partners and partnership deed.(First page to contain the name of authorized signatory/partner’s name)

If authorized signatory is not a partner to the firm, then Letter of Authorization from partner is required.

Government issued identity proof(PAN, Voter ID, Passport, Aadhaar Card or Driving License or Organization ID card)

Valid mobile number and e-mail address


Corporate Entities

Documents Required

Copy of resolution from the NGO/Trust authorizing the signatory

Government issued identity proof(PAN, Voter ID, Passport, Aadhaar Card or Driving License or Organization ID card)

Valid mobile number and e-mail address


Association of Persons/Body of Individuals

Documents Required

Copy of resolution from the NGO/Trust authorizing the signatory

Government issued identity proof(PAN, Voter ID, Passport, Aadhaar Card or Driving License or Organization ID card)

Valid mobile number and e-mail address


NGO/Trust

Documents Required

Copy of resolution from the NGO/Trust authorizing the signatory

Government issued identity proof(PAN, Voter ID, Passport, Aadhaar Card or Driving License or Organization ID card)

Valid mobile number and e-mail address

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