DGFT is introducing support for generic digital signatures in the new application which will enable individual and organization- based class- 2 and class- 3 digital signature certificates (DSC).
Support for class- 2 and class- 3 DGFT IEC based certificates will also continue in the new application for a limited time.
Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) should be of Class- 2 or Class- 3 only issued by CCA approved certifying agencies in India.
Please refer to www.cca.gov.in for the list of licensed DSC providers. Documents required to get a digital token may vary across CA and can be checked at the respective CAs website.
Allowed Token in DGFT
|Type of Entity||Validation||Allowed Tokens|
|Proprietorship||Serial Number under Subject in DSC matches the SHA 256 hash of PAN in IEC Profile||Class-2 & 3 Individual and Organisation Based Tokens|
|Other than Proprietorship||Organisation Name (O) in DSC matches the Name as per PAN database in IEC profile||Class-2 & 3 Organisation Based Tokens|
|All entities (for signing submission only)||Based on IEC embedded in the Digital Token||DGFT IEC Token|
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In order to create electronic signatures, it is mandatory for the signer to get a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) issued by a Certifying Authority (CA) licensed.
Advantages of Digital Signatures
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8. Enviormental Benefits
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