A Digital Signature Certificate is one of most crucial documents required for addition of a designated partner as well as for future corporate activities. Prior to the commencement of the addition process, it is necessary for the proposed designated partner to have such certificate. It is issued by certain Certification Agencies appointed by the Controller of Certification Agencies and is governed by the provisions given in the Information Technologies Act, 2000. The purpose of a Digital Signature Certificate is to authenticate and certify the documents submitted electronically. Such certificates are valid for a period of one to two years and need to be reissued after the expiry of such period.
All filings done under MCA21 require authentication using a Class-II or above category Digital Signature Certificate.