Register Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) on new Income Tax Portal

Income Tax20/06/2021 Source: Income Tax

1. Register Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)

What is Digital Signature Certificate:- The Digital Signature Certificate is an electronic signature of the taxpayer. The Digital Signature Certificate can be used as an online authentication and be used to sign online documents such as e-forms and other applications. The DSC serves as virtual authentication for signing documents online. 

The Register Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) service is available to all registered users of the e-Filing portal. This service enables registered users to perform the following:

  1. Register DSC
  2. Re-Register when registered DSC has expired
  3. Re-Register when registered DSC has not expired

The DSC registered on the previous e-filing portal will not be migrated to the new portal due to security and technical reasons. So therefore all users who want to use DSC on the new income tax portal are required to re-register their DSC on the new portal using ‘Register DSC’ service. 

2. Prerequisites for register a DSC on new income tax portal.

  1. Registered user of the e-Filing portal with valid user ID and password
  2. Downloaded and installed the emsigner utility (the utility can also be downloaded and installed while registering DSC)
  3. The USB token procured from a Certifying Authority Provider should be plugged in to the computer
  4. DSC USB token should be Class 2 or Class 3 Certificate
  5. DSC to be registered should be active and not expired

3. Step-by-Step Guide for register a DSC on new income tax portal

Step 1: Visit the new e-filing portal

Step 2: Log in to the account on e-Filing portal using your user ID and password.

Step 3: Go to the "My Profile" page from the Dashboard. The option to select my profile is given on  top-right corner on Dashboard.

Step 4: Click "Register DSC" on the left side of the screen.

Step 5: Enter the email ID linked with the DSC token. Choose "I have downloaded and installed emsigner utility" and click Continue.

Note: If you have to download the emsigner utility, you can click on the hyperlink for the same under Need Help.

Step 6: Select the DSC Provider and CertificateEnter Provider Password and then Click on Sign.

On successful validation, a success message will be displayed on screen.

Important Note:-

(1) Re-register, when registered DSC has expired:- After Step 4, if the message "Your Registered DSC has already expired. Please re-register a valid DSCis displayed. The process of registering a DSC in such a case is the same as explained above.

(2) Re-register, when registered DSC has not expired:- After Step 4, if  the message "You have already registered DSC. You can view details of your registered DSC, or update by re-registering" is displayed then Click on "View" to view the details and click on "Update" to update the details.