CCA Announced New Guideline Issued on January 1, 2021

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Do you have DSC Class 2, then there is something important news that you must acknowledge, such as?

  1. The class 2 DSC discontinued from January 1, 2021
  2. If a user already has a membership, then there is no issue until the DSC class 2 expires.

 DSC (Digital Signature Certificate) is an electronic way to sign the document form. According to the Information Technology Act, 2000, all the digital signature providers get permission to sign the documents electronically by ensuring the documents’ authenticity and security level.

Now what does a user take the next step?

  • If you want to update, then download the Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) before December 31, 2020.
  • If you want DSC class 2, then register it before the date of cancellation.
  • Try to compare the price if you want DSC class 3.
  • After the date of January 1, 2021, everyone is liable to issue the Class 3 DSC.

CCA has stopped Class 2 DSC, and now all the class features have merged into DSC class 3, so if you want your Digital Certificate, you are only liable to register Class 3.

The Guideline of CCA

The guideline of CCA was announced on November 26, 2020, for CA, regarding DSC insurance. There is a provision of policies that contain the DSC class 2 state discontinue on January 1, 2021. In this guideline, the CCA states that CA doesn’t issue DSC class 2 as everyone has to move on to class iii digital signature.

It means that all the features of the DSC class2 will be merged into the DSC class3. If you applied for DSC class 3, you must qualify for this class. The CA will issue the DSC class 3 for both individuals and organizations after January 1, 2021. Somehow, the Digital Signature Certificate is useful for documents on the MCA portal, filing income tax returns, PF, audit reports, etc.

 In this regard, the guidance must submit other related information required for DSC class 3 digital documentation security, for further guideline the SSL or e-KYC certificate for the website.

DSC class 2 validity

Indeed, DSC is issued for a reasonable period, for instance, two years or one year. Once it expires, a user can renew the DSC class 2 or class 3. According to the new update about the guidance issued on January 1, 2020, the DSC signature for class 2 is unable to renew.

If the guidance was renewed before January 1, 2021, it could be useful until it expired. Additionally, DSC for foreign national certificates will be issued by the authority of CCA.

The CCA guideline about the new feature of Class 3

The DSC class 2 issuance can’t be continued any more according to the new guideline of CCA. No organization or person will renew or purchase a DSC class2 after the date of 01.01.2021. However, this could create a problem for those people who have DSC class 2. Only the DSC class 3 certificate will be liable for obtaining the documents’ digital signature after the announcement.

The CCA terminated all the renewal or issuance of DSC 2 class after January 1, 2021. It means that if you want a digital signature, then you must need to consider the DSC 3class signature.

According to CCA, this could be a new year revolution that only focuses on DSC online 3class, as it has a higher standard and high-security risk than DSC class2. Furthermore, the user will get a protective upgrade when they choose the DSC class 3 certificate.  A user will also get a digital signature online while visiting the CCA website, which also means a user has the chance to use the DSC application online.

FAQ about the Class 2 DSC update

  • Did the reason behind the new guidance change?

Well, CCA didn’t change their announcement regarding the DSC class 2, and after the date, January 1, 2021, Class 3 DSC will get new features.

  • When will the Class 2 DSC expire?

If a user already has DSC class 2 before January 1, 2021, it can expire on its fix time, whereas the current expiry date of Class 2 DSC will be on February 10, 2021.

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