The communication by the department said, “Please ensure that you re-register your current valid DSC on the new e-filing portal https://www.incometax.gov.in from June 7th onwards. The earlier DSC registration on the old portal cannot be migrated due to security and technical reasons.”
What is a Digital Signature Certificate?
Digital Signature Certificates (DSC) are the digital equivalent (that is electronic format) of physical or paper certificates. Few Examples of physical certificates are drivers’ licenses, passports or membership cards. DSC is a certificate that authenticates a digital message or document.
They have been given the same status as handwritten signatures under the IT Act, 2000. This means that if an individual’s DSC is present on any virtual or digital document, it indicates that the person has authenticated it. DSC can be presented electronically to prove one’s identity, to access information or services on the internet or to sign certain documents digitally.
These digital signatures are generally used at the time of e-filing income tax return as it is mandatory to sign the ITR at the time of submission.
How to obtain DSC?
These certificates are issued by Certification Authorities (CAs). DSCs are signed using the private key assigned to that Certification Authority and it contains:
Owner’s public key
Expiry date of the public key
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