What is Difference Between DIN and DSC?

When a person is filing a document online then his identity is established by using the DSC or Digital Signature Certificate. It is the digital form of a handwritten signature. Some extra data is electronically attached to the document.

Types of DSC
  • Class 2: This type is used for filing Registrar of companies and Value Added tax documents and Income Tax documents.
  • Class 3: E-tendering in which many areas such as downloading a contract form, submission of a bid document, supplier registration and evaluation of tenders is included makes use of this type.
  • DGFT DSC: As the abbreviation denotes DGFT is under the Director General of Foreign Trade and it helps importers and exporters from India in transacting with DGFT online without any fear of security issues.
What is DIN?

The identification number given to a Director or to a person who is to be made a director soon is known as DIN or Director Identification Number. This number consists of personal information and a unique code which acts as an identifier. This DIN is compulsory for every Director the current one or a prospective one. It was introduced through Section 266A and 266G in 2006 under the Companies Amendment Act.

Distinctions between DSC and DIN:
Online transactions and the filing of certain documents need DSC as digital proof of authorisation. All Directors, current or prospective are issued the DIN which is a unique identification number containing all personal information about the director.
DSC can be availed without the existence of DIN DSC is a must in order to avail DIN.
People who can apply for DSC include Auditors, Company secretaries Directors, , bank officials and other authorized organisations Only present and future Directors are eligible for DIN.