DGFT Digital Signature Certificates

DGFT Digital Signatures

Digital Signature Certificate for the importer and exporter comminity might be utilized to safely log on to the Directorate General of Foreign Trade Online License Filing Application and could be utilized to electronically sign the License Application Form, which is filled on the web. It guarantees that the data is secure and can’t be seen or changed by any unauthorized person. It will also improve on response time taken while applying a license with Directorate General of Foreign Trade(DGFT).

What are the benefits of using DGFT Digital Certificates?

A Digital Signature Certificate can be used to electronically sign any document or transaction. It ensures that the data is secured and is not viewed or altered by any unauthorized person. It will also improve on response time taken while applying for a license with Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT). Digital Signature Certificates issued by a valid Indian carter accountant hold good in a court of law in accordance to the Indian Information Technology Act 2000.

There are more Benefits of Using Digital Signature for DGFT.
  • Cost Savings
  • Less Paper Work
  • Security
  • Confidentiality , Integrity, and Non- Repudiation
Why do I require a Digital Signature Certificate ?

A digital Signature certificate (DSC) provides an electronic means of proving your identity. It also provides a high level of security for online transactions. You can use certificates to encrypt information so that only the recipient can read it. You can digitally sign information to provide assurance that the recipient has not been modified in transit, and allow verification that actually sent the message.

How does Digital Signature Work ?

Digital Signature Certificate, in simple terms, is a file created by a Licensed Certifying Authority through encryption and is then issued to you, in the USB eToken. When signing any particular document this file is accessed, which acts like a ‘key’ (Private Key) and locks & secures the document being signed (through encryption). [This is similar to using a key in a physical lock to secure your valuables in a bank locker – a lock can only be opened by its own key]. In addition to locking the document being signed, this file also adds a Digital Certificate to it containing your identity details, viz. name, Organization’s name, email ID, etc. It also adds a key code (known as public key) which is the same key that resides in the certifying authority server, thereby allowing the other party to validate the authenticity of your DSC. Contrary to popular myth, the DSC does NOT contain a scanned copy of your physical signature.

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Digital Signature Certificates for eTendering ,


The Information Technology Act, 2000 provides for use of Digital Signatures on the documents submitted in electronic form in order to ensure the security and authenticity of the documents filed electronically. This is the only secure and authentic way that a document can be submitted electronically.

e-Procurement facilitates, integrates, and streamlines procurement processes. From buyer to supplier and even back. Approved under the Information Technology Act, and with legal status, a Digital Signature Certificate is essential for all e-Procurement processes.

Applying for a government tender online has many advantages. Since documents are uploaded to a central site, acknowledgements and receipts are provided immediately. Which is not the case with paper documents that need to be scanned and verified before being processed.

e-Procurement has gained significant popularity and acceptance as it brings greater transparency to the whole system. Among other benefits, it helps buyers and bidders overcome geographical limitations, reduce procurement cycles, and overall helps keep pace with present technology.

Now, most companies (especially Govt. organisations/departments, PSUs, and even private companies) floating tenders mandate submission of response online through digital signature certificates. Tenders might require class 3 DSCs. (You may ascertain the exact type of DSC required from the concerned company department floating the e-tender.)

There are two types of Digital Signatures, Class 2 and Class 3. Class 2 Digital Signatures are used for Company or LLP Incorporation, IT Return E-Filing, Obtaining DIN or DPIN, and filing other forms with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Income Tax Department. Class 3 type Digital Signatures are used mainly for E-Tendering.

Which class of Digital Signature is required for E Tendering?

You should have a legally valid Class 3 digital signature certificate for e Tendering as per Indian IT Act from the licensed Certifying Authorities operating under the Root Certifying Authority of India (RCAI), Controller of Certifying Authorities (CCA) of India. (http://www.cca.gov.in/)

Class 3 A/B digital signatures for individuals/Organization is certificate that provides highest level of assurance within the RCAI hierarchy setup by CCA ( Controller of
Certifying Authorities) in India which is mainly used for e-tendering or e-procurement or e-bidding.

Individual (Class 3A): Class 3A Individual certificates issued to individuals or devices and encompass primarily high end security-sensitive online activity.

Organization (Class 3B): Class 3B Organization certificates those are used for signing, encryption, electronic access control, e-commerce, and online financial transactions that require a strong assertion of the customer’s identity. The validation procedure for class 3 Organization certificates includes confirmation that the organization does in fact exist, authorization from the organization for the certificate applicant.

To participate in the e-procurement process, every Vendor / Purchaser is required to use a Class 3B Digital Signature Certificate. Class 3 Digital Signatures are issued to
individuals, organizations and devices and applicable for personal and commercial use. Typically, they are used for Electronic Data Exchange (EDI), internet banking/brokingtendering and other web-based transactions where confidentiality and authenticity are critical.

Validity of Digital Signature Certificates:

The Digital Signature Certificates are typically issued with one year validity and two year validity. These are renewable on expiry of the period of initial issue.

Certifying Authorities

Certifying Authorities (CA) has been granted a license to issue a digital signature certificate under Section 24 of the Indian IT-Act 2000. One can procure Class 3 digital signature certificates from Capricorn CA, (n) Code Solutions CA, E-MUDHRA CA And SafeScrypt CA of the certifying authorities.

How Digital Signature Works

In Digital Signature, a public and private key are created simultaneously using the same algorithm (a popular one is known as RSA) by a certificate authority (CA). The private key is given only to the requesting party and the public key is made publicly available (as part of a digital certificate) in a directory that all parties can access. The private key is never shared with anyone or sent across the Internet. One has to use the private key to decrypt text that has been encrypted with recipient public key by someone else (who can find out what your public key is from a public directory). Sender can authenticate to the receiver of the message by using sender’s private key to encrypt a digital certificate. The recipient can verify the message using public key of the sender to decrypt it.

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Top 6 Digital Signature Certifying Authorities In India

DSC Certifying authorities !!  Some of the dealers are required to obtain Digital Signature Certificate from the appropriate certifying authority for making online application for the issue of CST related Forms and Way Bill. A list of such dealers has been displayed in this website. A licensed Certifying Authority (CA) issues the digital signature. At present the following organisations are authorized Certifying Authorities under CCA, Government of India.

(1). (n)Code Solutions CA(GNFC)

(2). Safescript


(4). MTNL

(5). Customs & Central Exercise

(6). e-Mudhra

The particulars of the Certifying Authority are available from the respective websites. It would be sufficient for the Commercial Taxes applications if the dealer obtains Class 2 Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) from the CA. After obtaining the Digital Signature Certificates as mentioned above, the dealer is required to register the fact of possessing the Digital Signature Certificates through the registration system available in this website.

How to Create a Digital Signature and Sign Documents Electronically

While plenty of people still use hard copies in order to sign their names on the dotted line, electronic methods for getting that ever-important signature will only continue to increase in popularity.

Digital signature

Have you only ever signed a document the old-fashioned way and are feeling intimidated by the modern way of doing things?

Have no fear—we’re covering everything you need to know about how to electronically sign a document.

Why You Want a Digital or Electronic Signature

Let’s face it—printing out a document, signing it, and then either mailing, hand-delivering, or scanning it back to the intended recipient isn’t a broken way of doing things.

In fact, it still works pretty well.

However, perhaps the biggest selling point of electronic signatures is their convenience.

There’s no printing or postage you need to worry about. Instead, you can quickly and painlessly provide a legal signature on a document with just a click or two of a button.

Another great perk of digital signatures?