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› What is Class 3 Digital Signature certificate?
Digital signature is digital copy of your identity. Its not your signature in digital form. Digital signature certificate is a certificate which contains your personal and professional information. Its issued in either pfx form (soft copy) or in token (device which looks like pen drive). You can sign any electronic documents or electronic documents using your digital signature certificate. Under Information technology, digital signatures are of 3 classes, Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3. Class 1 Digital Signatures and Class 2 digital signatures are less secured in comparison to Class 3, that’s why Class 3 DSC is used in high value works like e-tendering, e-procurement etc.
› What are types of Class 3 DSC ?
There are no specific types of Class 3 digital signatures, but yes, class 3 digital signatures comes with two features, one is “signing’ and other is ‘encryption”. Signing Class 3 DSC is used in signing of different forms of e-tendering platforms, whereas “encryption” class 3 certificate is used to secure the confidential documents and information. You can buy Class 3 DSC with both the functionalities or you can buy signing Class 3 only.
› Who can obtain Class 3 Digital Signature Certificates ?
Any individual, partnership or company can buy digital signature certificates. Individual has to submit copy of pan card, government approved identity card, and duly filled in application form. Partnership has to submit copy of its partnership deed, copy of pan card and voter ids of partners, and copy of pan of partnership. Company has to submit copy of MOA, AOA, Incorporation Certificate, and pan along with copy of resolution passed and list of directors. An Individual or Company, 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 looking to get authorized from Principle IRCTC Agent to book e-Tickets can procure Class 3 Digital Signature Certificates.
How do we use Class 3 Digital Signature for Various Platforms:-
› Class 3 Digital Signature for e-Procurement | e-Tendering | e-Bidding | e-Auction
Under Government’s e-Governance Program, Ministry of Information Technology introduced concept of Digital Signature Certificates for various purposes. One of them is e-Tendering OR e-Procurement. In Earlier Days, Manual Tenders were non-transparent and full of scams. It was also very time consuming process. To make it transparent, fast and at par , e-Tendering get introduced. Like wise, e-Procurement, e-Bidding and e-Auction were also get started under e-Governance Project. Today, Due to e-Tendering Vendors from Other Countries are also interested to take part and want to expand their business in India.
Benefits of e-Tendering saves time, efforts and increase chances of transparency. It also help users to believe about the security of system. e-Tendering / e-Procurement help vendors from Other Countries also to use the facility. e-Tendering is a centralized system so it helps vendors to track their offers. It also help them to upload documents , receive response immediately. e-Tendering is better then the traditional system in which documents were supposed to sign and submit by post to Org. Traditional system was not having security , confidentiality , integrity , Non-repudiation.
› Class 3A Digital Signature Certificates for IRCTC e-Ticketing
Indian Railways introduced a concept of online ticket booking system (e-Ticketing) through authorized offical agents. Every agent can issue e-ticket to any user through this system with IRCTC website. To complete the process securely IRCTC mandate the concept of Digital Signature Certificate to login and issue the DSC. So every Authorized Agent needs a Individual User Class 3 Digital Signature Certificate ( Class 3A ) Signing Only. After obtaining Class 3A Digital Signature Certificate – Signing Only , agent needs to map that Digital Signature Certificate with IRCTC through princple agent.
› Class 3 Digital Signature Certificates for Patent / Trademark, IPO , Copyright
Department of Patent Designs and Trademark initiated a online filing facility for users who wish to apply for Trademark , Patent. Controller General for Patent Designs and Trademark mandate Digital Signature Certificate to file Trademerk / Patent application filing by an individual. Any Individual person / Org can apply for patent/ trademark online with Class 3 Digital Signature Certificate-Signing Only.
› Class 3 Digital Signature Certificates for Central Board of Excise and Customs
Central Board of Excise and Customs has been introduced concept of Digital Signature Certificate for importers, exporters, shipping lines, customs brokers, airlines or their agents to file Custom’s process documents like Bills of Entry, IGM (General Declaration and Cargo Declaration), Shipping Bills, EGM (General Declaration), CGM through Remote EDI System (RES).