Register DSC on GST Portal

Register DSC on GST Portal

Register DSC on GST Portal

Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) is one of the options for authenticating users on the GST portal. In addition to DSC, users can authenticate various actions performed on the GST portal including GST returns, through electronic code verification (EVC). After the procurement of DSC, the user is obligated to register it with the portal. This article examines the process of registering DSC into the portal.

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Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)

Digital signature certificate is an encrypted document used to verify identity while accessing information and services online or for the digital signing of documents. Digital signature certificate or DSC is issued by the authorized certifying authorities like Sify, E-Mudhra and N-Code.

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DSC on GST Portal

DSC registration is PAN based and only Class 2 and Class 3 DSC are accepted on the GST Portal. Further, DSC is mandatory for signing in case the GST registration was obtained for:

  • Public Limited Company
  • Private Limited Company
  • Unlimited Company
  • Foreign Company
  • Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
  • Foreign Limited Liability Partnership
  • Public Sector Undertaking

In addition to signing documents through DSC, the GST Portal also accepts e-sign and EVC. However, LLPs and Companies are mandatorily required to use digital signature only.

Electronic Signature (E-Sign)

Electronic Signature (E-Sign) is an online electronic signature service in India based on Aadhar. To use E-Sign, the authorised signatory must have Aadhar. A One Time Password (OTP) will be sent to mobile phone number that is registered with Aadhar at the time of digitally signing documents at the GST Portal. Once authenticated, the documents would be signed with e-sign.

Electronic Verification Code (EVC)

The Electronic Verification Code (EVC) authenticates the identity of the user at the GST Portal by generating a OTP. The OTP will be sent to the mobile phone number of the registered mobile phone of Authorized Signatory filled in part A of the Registration Application. By authenticating the OTP, the document will be signed.

emSigner Utility

Before you register DSC on GST Portal, you need to install the emSigner utility. The emSigner utility can be downloaded from the Register DSC page. DSC registration is PAN based and only Class 2 and Class 3 DSC are accepted on the GST Portal. Further, DSC is mandatory for signing in case the GST registration was obtained for:

  • Public Limited Company
  • Private Limited Company
  • Unlimited Company
  • Foreign Company
  • Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
  • Foreign Limited Liability Partnership
  • Public Sector Undertaking

Authorized Signatories

The signatories will change according to the type of entity. The various signatories authorized to carry out the role for different entities are tabulated below:

S.noType of EntityAuthorized Signatory
1Proprietorship FirmProprietor
2Hindu Undivided FamilyKarta
3Partnership FirmManaging Partner
4Trust registrationManaging Trustee
5LLP / CompanyDirector / Partner, with due authorization from the LLP / Board of Directors
6Society/ClubAuthorized Signatory, with due authorization from the management committee
7Statutory BodyAuthorized Signatory
8Local AuthorityAuthorized Signatory
9Government DepartmentAuthorized Signatory

DSC Registration on GST Portal

Since we now understand the concept and purpose of a DSC, let us now examine the procedure to register DSC on GST portal.
You can complete the DSC registration in the following manner:

Step 1:- Login to the GST portal using the user name and password assigned to you.

DSC Registration step 1
DSC Registration step 1

Step 2:- In the welcome page, click the ‘Continue to dashboard’ button.

DSC Registration - Step 2
DSC Registration – Step 2

Step 3:- On the services drop down menu, click on “Register/Update DSC”.

DSC Registration - Step 3
DSC Registration – Step 3

Step 4:- On the Register Digital Signature page, select the PAN of the authorized signatory that needs to be registered, and click on ‘Update’.

DSC Registration - Step 4
DSC Registration – Step 4

Step 5:- Ensure you have downloaded and installed the emSigner utility in your computer. If it was installed successfully, the following screen would be displayed.

emSigner - Register DSC on GST Portal
emSigner – Register DSC on GST Portal

Step 6:- Select the relevant certificate and click the ‘sign’ button.

You have now successfully registered your DSC on GST Portal, which will be confirmed by a status message.

Post by Sreeram Viswanath

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