DSC, Secretarial Compliance

What has to be done when you lose DSC?

As you know Digital Signature Certificate is a very important document which facilitates one to sign documents digitally and the signature is considered valid under the law. All filings done by the companies/LLPs under MCA21 e-Governance programme are required to be filed using DSC. Apart from these, to create login credentials for companies in IT portal we need DSC of any one of the Directors. To obtain GST Registration and IEC Registration we will need DSC. 


Thanks to the Information Technology Act, 2000 which has established a provision for use of Digital Signatures on the documents submitted in an electronic form that ensures the security and authenticity of the documents filed electronically. This is a secure and authentic way to submit a document electronically. Though there are different classes of DSC’s available, most Govt. Offices have approved Class 2 DSC for Individuals and Class 3 DSC for Companies. As far as the validity is concerned – Validity of Class – 2 DSC is 2 years and validity of Class 3 DSC is 1 year.

In case you lose your DSC, one of the three options can be implemented:

Option 1: Apply for a new one; do Roll Check of the same on the MCA website. The old DSC will be automatically blocked.

Option 2: Revoke the DSC, in case you have DSC serial number.

Option 3: If at all the DSC is used in a fraudulent way, file an FIR complaint with the cyber crime department.


Note: In case you have registered the DSC once with PAN using the ‘Associate DSC’ service on MCA website, then new DSC can be updated with the same service. If you are having your DIN issued, then update the DSC under director role using same ‘Associate DSC’ service on the above website.


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