Class 2

Class 2 digital signature certificate

Why do I need a Digital Signature Certificate?

Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) provides the high level of security for your online transactions. According to today’s generation and technology, it is recommended to switch to the electronic signature which is currently in huge demand and it is being converted to digital media for security reasons. The DSC is an electronic equipment which is equivalent of physical or hard copy certificates like identity proofs, driving license, passport or PAN card. This certification is very helpful for the online transactions which require digital proof of identities whether to receive or send the information online through the web. The organizations and firms are required DSC for better communication and transactions between them with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

What is Digital Signature Certificate Class 2:

The class 2 digitally signature certificates are issued to individuals (both the business personal and private individuals’) and it comes with the multiple validation period options like 1 year and 2 years. This certificate confirms the information provided by the subscriber will not dispute the information as this is a well-recognized database.  It is completely based on the validation procedure which is the assurance of subscribers’ distinguished number. This Certificate is used for filing the documents of Income Tax, Registrar of Companies and VAT, the DSC class 2 is used for companies 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. Digital signature comes in USB E- token, the DSC is stored in USB drive and it can be accessed through a computer to sign the documents electronically anywhere in the world.

Uses of DSC Class 2:

  1. New GST Registration
  2. e-Filing of Income Tax Return
  3. For e-Filing of Sales Tax/VAT Tax Return
  4. e-Filing of Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA 21)
  5. e-Filing of Registrar of Companies (RoC)
  6. e-Filing of Provident Fund(PF)
  7. Fresh DGFT IEC Apply / Registration
  8. LLP Formation
  9. Private Limited Company Formation

Renewal Process:

As digital signature usually comes with the validity of one or two years. It can be renewed once the term of the previous DSC is expired.

How to Get a Digital signature certificate of Class-2?

The DSC can be obtained

Individual: A person should have the personal details such as complete name, residing city, pin code, state, e-mail, phone no and pan card no for Class 2 Certificate.

Organization Digital Signature Certificate for e-Tendering: This certificate is used for the e-procurement purpose and is required for all the companies to obtain it. An authorized individual on the behalf of company or organization can obtain this class 2 certificate.


The class 2 digital signature can be used by the government or bank employee or user by for signing the documents of his/her internal department.  It is also required for the provident fund accounts transfer system.  The certificate is available for downloading majorly in PDF format.

It is one of the most popular types which are used for GST/Income Tax/ROC use and form 16 or 16 A signing.  It is also mandatory for the use of class 2 digital signature for online images submission.

Basically, these contain two certificates which are signing and encryption. The signature certificate is corresponding to signing the private key. Singing only Digital Signature Certificate is the low secured certificate in compare to encryption, with the help of encryption one can encrypt and decrypt the files. The encryption certificate is intact the integrity to file the during the transaction.  The encryption key is used by the subscriber for receiving the messages which are encrypted using subscriber’s public key. Class 2 Individual combo DSC is acceptable on some limited websites.


General Specifications of Class 2 DSC:

Class of DSC: Class 2

Type of certificate: Signing and Encryption

Validity period: 1 year or 2 years.

User types: Individual

Bits of DSC: 2048 Bit

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