Digital Signature Certificate (DSC), an Online Identity of any person to sign various documents. A dsc contains various fields from persons personal information like name, e-mail id, state , company name ( if applicable), country name and many more. Under IT Act, 2000 dsc is mainly categorised into three classes. Class 3 is the most secured and highest level of Certificate. Class 3 dsc is basically can be issued to an Individual OR Company with authorization. Other than Class 3, Class 1 & Class 2 are also important types of classes.
Class 3 dsc basically divided according to requirement of various e-Governance platforms. Class 3 DSC comes in "Signing" and "Encryption" Certificates. User can choose Signing ONLY Certificate or Encryption Certificate based on their requirement. Now next Question will be : What is the Difference between two ?. Signing Certificates basically used to Map with Users Login, Signing of Documents on Different e-Tendering Platforms, whereas Encryption Certificate is mainly used to secure the confidential documents.A User can obtain both Certificates but can not procure ONLY Encryption Certificate without Signing Certificate.
Any Individual OR Company Authorized User can obtain Class 3 DSC. An Individual Person requires his ID & Address Proof along with a Dully Complete Application Form to obtain Class 3 DSC. On the Other hand, Company Authorized User need to submit Company's legal documents like Company PAN Card, Company Registration Certificate, List of Partners or Directors, Authorization Letter in favour of Applicant other than his person ID & Address Proof. In both Cases, Applicant needs to present himself in RA or CA Office to verify his physical presence. Any Individual or Company who is looking to take part in e-Tendering or e-Procurement Process OR willing to do e-Filing of Trademark and Patent Applications OR any IRCTC Agent who is looking to get Authorize from Principle IRCTC Agent to book e-Tickets can procure Class 3 Digital Signature Certificates.