DSC Utility : Generate Signature File to Register DSC on Income Tax E-Filing Portal

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DSC i.e. Digital Signature Certificate is an electronic signature that is used to sign electronic documents or to access information or services on the internet. The certificate contains the following details of the user – name, pin code, country, date of issue, date of expiry, and name of the certifying authority. To use DSC services on Income Tax E-filing Portal, the taxpayer should use the DSC Management Utility to generate a signature file. To register DSC on the Income Tax website, the taxpayer should generate a signature file from DSC Management Utility.

The signature file from DSC Utility can be used to avail the following services on the Income Tax E-filing Portal:

DSC Application for Residents
Apply for Class 2 DSC i.e. Digital Signature Certificate with 2 years validity
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DSC Application for Residents
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DSC Management Utility – Steps to generate the signature file to Register DSC

  1. Download DSC Management Utility

    You have to Download DSC Management Utility from the income tax e-filing portal. A zip folder is downloadedIncome Tax DSC Management Utility - Download

  2. Open the Java Utility

    Extract the zip folder. Click on DSC_MGMT_UTILITY.jar to open the utilityDSC Management Utility - Instructions Page

  3. Tab – Register / Reset Password using DSC

    Select tab Register / Reset Password using DSC. Enter the required details:
    a. E-filing User ID – Enter the username of the account on income tax e-filing portal. Following are the User IDs for different types of users.
    b. Enter PAN of the DSC – Enter PAN (Permanent Account Number) of the holder of the DSC. In case of an NRI User, this is not a mandatory field.DSC Management Utility - User Id

  4. Type of DSC – Using .pfx file

    If you select the type of DSC as .pfx file, follow these steps:
    a. Select the option .pfx file
    b. Select the certificate file
    c. Enter the password
    d. Click on ‘Generate Signature File’DSC Management Utility - Submit ITR or Form Online - Sign using PFX File

  5. Type of DSC – Using USB Token

    If you select the type of DSC as .pfx file, follow these steps:
    a. Select the option USB Token
    b. Select USB Token Certificate from the drop-down
    c. Click on ‘Generate Signature File’
    d. Enter the USB Token PIN. Click on ‘Ok’DSC Management Utility - Sign using USB Token

  6. Success Message

    A success message will appear on the screen and a signature file is generated. Save it in the appropriate folderDSC Management Utility - Register DSC or Reset Password - Signature File

  7. Use DSC Signature File

    You can use the signature file for the following services:
    a. Register DSC – Login to incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in > Profile Settings > Register Digital Signature Certificate > Attach Signature File
    b. Reset Password – Go to Login page on incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in > Click on Forgot Password > Select Upload DSC > Select New DSC / Registered DSC > Attach Signature File

FAQs

When I register DSC on Income Tax Portal, an error appears on the screen as “The Digital Signature Certificate is already registered”. What should I do?

Digital Signature Certificate cannot be registered by multiple users. This error may appear if the taxpayer is trying to register a DSC that belongs to someone else. The DSC must belong to the taxpayer and should have their PAN encrypted.

When I register DSC on Income Tax Portal, an error appears on the screen as “The PAN mentioned in the Digital Signature Certificate does not match. Please retry”. What should I do?

If the PAN in the Digital Signature Certificate does not match with the registered PAN of the taxpayer, PAN mismatch error will appear on the screen. The taxpayer should contact the Certificate Provider and check the PAN in DSC.
If the taxpayer is a Firm / Company / AOP / BOI / Legal Authority / Co-operative Society / Artificial Juridical Person / Trust, ensure that the PAN mentioned in the Digital Signature is of principal contact (Authorized Signatory). If the principal contact has changed, ensure that you have updated PAN details of the new principal contact (under ‘Profile Settings’ > ‘Update Principal Contact’s details). The PAN encrypted in DSC should match with PAN of principal contact.

When I register DSC on Income Tax Portal, an error appears on the screen as “Validity of the Digital Signature Certificate has expired. Please update a valid Digital Signature Certificate”. What should I do?

If the validity period of the Digital Signature Certificate has expired, the taxpayer should apply for a new Digital Signature Certificate from the Certified Service Provider. Once the new DSC is issued, the taxpayer should register the DSC on Income Tax Portal.

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