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DSC stands for Digital Signature Certificates are being adopted by various governmental agencies in accordance with the Digital India Movement, so much so that they are now a statutory requirement in the various related applications.

Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)

Digital Signature Certificate DSC is an incumbent digital tool for the digital document signing process and storing essential data. Many government departments and other service sectors have relied on the usability and the salient features of DSC for signing electronic documents/forms. It provides multi-level assistance of cyber security to the confidential data exchanged and various online transactions performed.

Digital Signature is a computation of a mathematical algorithm encrypted by hash values that store some particular message. This digital signing certificate resembles the physical paper-based certificate and documents are signed digitally. It protects the data by using encryption-decryption mechanisms.

As per the Information Technology Act 2000, the Government of India, it is essential to file any tax returns submission, registration form, and e-procurement with digital signature certificates. This assures no alteration or modification of the exchanged information and validates the signer's identity.

Capricorn digital certificates meet x.509 standard which is an international Public Key Infrastructure PKI standard. These certificates provide a safeguard against malicious cyber threats, forgery, and data breaching. It can be issued as per IVG & IOG guidelines directed by the Controller of Certifying Authority CCA.

Capricorn CA provides different types of Digital Signature Certificates DSC to individuals and organizations through different application modes. According to the signing needs, DSC applicants can select any suitable DSC type and apply for it. Below is a brief description of the various types of digital signatures.

Type of DSC Certificates

  • Sign

    Sign certificates can only be used for document signing. This digital signing solution can sign PDF files or documents for income tax returns, GST returns submission, MCA, and other web-based services. It authenticates the user identity and validates the bonafide nature of data.

  • Encrypt

    This DSC certificate is used to encrypt documents, files, or confidential data. It helps companies or enterprises to encrypt and upload their documents on the tender portals. One can also use this certificate to encrypt their personal data and send that securely. Encrypt DSC is commonly suitable for e-commerce documents, e-tender filing documents, legal documents, and other confidential records. You can buy our Encrypt certificate as a standalone digital signing tool.

  • Sign & Encrypt

    This Sign and Encrypt digital signature certificate can be used for both signing and encrypting processes. It is mostly used for filing government forms, documents, and applications. It is much suitable for those users who need to authenticate and maintain the confidentiality of the data exchanged.

Validity of the Certificate

You can buy the digital signature certificates with a validity of 1, 2, & 3 years. (This validity is controlled by the regulatory body i.e the Controller of Certifying Authority CCA. You can not buy a DSC with the validity of less than 1 year or more than 3 years.)

Classes of DSC Certificates

As per the new guidelines released by the Controller of Certifying Authority CCA, Capricorn CA can issue class 3 Digital Signature Certificates to their clients. However, the previously issued class 2 certificates will remain active and in use.

  • Class 3 Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)

    Capricorn offers Class 3 DSC according to IVG guidelines which are considered the most secure and safest form of a certificate. Its applications are derived where security and safety of the data are the most essential factors. Certain usage of this digital signature certificate is in the filing of tax returns, tender filing, e-procurement, online trading, etc. These processes include huge money transactions and confidential information of the signer which can only be preserved by DSC.

    Following services can be availed by using Class 3 Digital Signature Certificates:

    • e-Tendering

    • Patent and Trademark e-filing

    • MCA e-filing

    • Income Tax e-filing

    • LLP registration

    • Customs e-filing

    • e-Procurement

    • e-Bidding

    • e-Auction

    • GST Application filing

Who could buy our certificate

Any individual or organization can buy our Class 3 Digital Signature Certificate which is applicable for Indian nationals and foreign nationals both. There is no such limitation or restriction to buying DSC, provided that they should meet our verification guidelines and conditions. Check below all the given application forms and select accordingly.

DSC Processing Methods

Capricorn CA is a licensed Certifying Authority CA that is authorized to issue a digital Signature Certificate by the Controller of Certifying Authority CCA. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs has mandated the use of a class 3 certificate for various online services.

With the help of Class 3 DSC, the documents/forms can be signed digitally within a few minutes anywhere and anytime. DSC can be used for online income tax filing, goods, and services tax filing, IPR, IRCTC, etc.

We provide different DSC application modes through which you can apply for your DSC as per your preference and convenience. Let us discuss them briefly.

  • Online Aadhaar-Based Paperless Mode

    An applicant who is an Aadhaar card holder can apply for DSC using a Paperless Mode. No document is required in this process. You have to provide your 12-digit Aadhaar number then your Aadhaar data would be retrieved and visible on the application form. The application would be verified through an email address and mobile. Video verification is needed. The whole procedure to apply for DSC to generate orders and download DSC would be completed within a stipulated time.

  • Online Aadhaar OTP Mode

    By selecting an Aadhaar OTP mode, the applicant has to provide his mobile-linked aadhaar number and an OTP will be sent to the registered mobile number. By entering an OTP, applicant aadhaar details will be visible on the screen. No document is required. Video verification will be done. After successful completion of DSC verification, DSC can be downloaded. This is a fast and convenient method to obtain DSC anywhere anytime.

  • Online Aadhaar Biometric Mode

    This DSC application mode is more reliable and authentic as it is combined with a biometric device. This procedure would require installing the ‘Capricorn Biometric’ application in the machine. The applicant has to provide his Aadhaar or VID number and scan the selected finger. All your aadhaar details will be visible on the screen. No video verification is required in this mode. This process is simple and hassle-free.

  • PAN-Based Mode

    This mode of DSC application mode requires some essential details like PAN Card number, name, mobile number, etc. The applicant has to provide an e-KYC ID and an e-KYC PIN to obtain an OTP. After verifying an OTP, applicant details would be visible in the application form. Verification would be processed by using mobile, email, and video modes. This process saves time and reduces efforts in obtaining a DSC.

  • Capricorn e-KYC Mode

    This process of applying for a Digital Signature Certificate DSC is more suitable and flexible for many clients. The applicant has to obtain a paperless offline e-KYC and then fill up the required e-KYC details in the application form. After verification of the details, applicant aadhaar details will be retrieved on the screen and verification would be done through mobile, email, and video. This process would require less time and effort.

  • Capricorn Existing e-KYC Mode

    For applying through Capricorn Existing e-KYC mode, the applicant has to provide his e-KYC ID, and e-KYC PIN, and, the applicant would receive an OTP to verify the credentials. The Applicant’s details would be visible in the application form. In this method, the applicant doesn't need to show any document during the video recording. This mode is suitable for those who have applied for paperless DSC and want to apply for DSC again.

To serve you better the certificates are available locally in your area / city through a Capricorn Network.

You can also write to us at sales@Certificate.Digital or speak to our sales team at 011-614-00-000 who will assist you in connecting to our partner or business manager.


Digital Signature or DSC or Digital Signature Certificates are being adopted by various government agencies and now is a statutory requirement in various applications.