Registration of Digital Signature (DSC) in EPF Portal

Employer has to obtain DSC certificate (Class 2 or above) from any valid Licensed Certifying Authority approved by Controller of Certifying Authorities in order to registration of Digital Signature. The digital signature certificate has to register in employer unified portal launched by EPFO to start harvesting the benefits of the system.

Employer needs to connected the DSC token to Laptop or Desktop and follow the below steps to successfully register your digital signature certificate in EPFO portal :

Step – 1 Login to Unified Employers Portal then in home page go to Establishment under menu bar tab then click on DSC / E-SIGN.

Employer EPF Establishment tab
Unified Portal Home Page

Step – 2 Register your digital signature certificate by filling up the authorized signatory details such as name, designation and mobile no. and in “Type of Registration” choose Sign with your USB Token and Click on Submit.

Note: Employer can upload maximum of three authorized signatories.

DSC Registration Page
DSC Registration Page

Step – 3 Further after processing you will see a window asking about Do you want to run this application? Click Run on it.

DSC Certificate Run Page
DSC Certificate Run Page

Step – 4 As a result you will see a certificate mentioning your DSC holder’s name. Click on it to select then click on Register DSC.

DSC Registration Certificate Page
DSC Registration Certificate Page

Step – 5 Finally, you will be prompted for Enter Use pin which you did get from your vendor who provides you the DSC Token. Enter the User Pin then click on OK. You will get a message that your Digital Signature is successfully Registered.

DSC User Pin Page
DSC User PIN Page

Step – 6 Got to View Registered DSC so that Generate Request Letter by clicking on it under Authorized Signatory List.

Step – 7 Download the Request letter and Submit duly signed specimen signature along with Form 5A.

Procedure to generate FORM 5A

Step – 1: Go to FORM 5A under the Establishment tab then click on it.

Step – 2: You need to fill some mandatory fields with * mark:

  • Act Applies To My Establishment
  • Date Of Setup Of Establishment
  • Business Activity
  • Ownership Details
  • Particulars Of Owners
  • Particulars Of Lease
  • Bank Details
  • Scanned copy of Cheque to be Upload

Step – 3: Once filled all mandatory details click on submit a PDF file will be generated which need to download and submit along with the request letter.

Note: For quicker approval at EPFO you can E-mail a duly signed scan copy of request letter and form 5A to concern EPFO. You may also send both hard copy to concern EPFO by post.

Approval process at EPFO

On receipt of specimen signature letter & Form 5A from the employer, PF office will verify than approve the signature registration request online.

Once it is successfully approved, employers can start using DSC online. This is a fantastic feature that will ease out lot of process challenges and fasten the approval process.

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24 thoughts on “Registration of Digital Signature (DSC) in EPF Portal”
    1. Yes you can add but DSC holder must be a authorized signatory for the establishment. If you wants to add more authorized signatory for the establishment then you need to fill form 5A.

  1. I have connect the DSC with computer, but when i want to register error shows that USB might not be conneted,pls connect. Please help me.

  2. I have successfully submitted the company dsc for registration, around 10 days were gone. still sinature status “field office approval pending”
    can you please give a solution

    1. You need to send the Signed Request letter along with form 5A to your concern EPFO.

  3. I have registered my DSC on EPFO website. After registration, I’m not able to download signature/request letter. It is showing “AN UNEXPECTED ERROR HAS OCCURRED FILE IO ERRR”. What should be done?

  4. After submitting dsc register request letter to pf office, how much time it will take to approval process.

  5. My DSC is registered with EPFO, but while trying to approve the claim, It is not showing any detail instead coming out blank. Pls. suggest if any other setting needs to be done for that

    1. You need to install your DSC application to your PC. So Install it your issue will be solved.

  6. After submitting dsc register request letter to pf office, how much time it will take to approval process.

    1. DSC application is available with DSC token u have. Just you need to install it from your DSC token.

  7. my DSC has expired and while registering new DSC, it does not show up on ‘EPFO DSC REGISTRATION’ page to be selected so that we can put pin/password. The same DSC token worked on MCA portal, GST portal and in PDF.

    Any idea why USB DSC token is not showing up certificate during registration on EPFO portal?

    1. You need to install the dsc application to your system to showing up certificate during registration on EPFO portal.

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    1. I am applying new DSC approval in unified portal on behalf of employer, uploaded the DSC request letter ,while updating form 5A its PDF form at requires, digital signature.But my DSC is due and I am applying new one.At this stage how I can proceed, or which the process to follow?

      1. Hello Mr. Bhat,

        Take a printout of the request letter and get signed by the employer. Also you need to fill the Form 5A by visiting Establishment -> Form 5A fill all require details submit it and take a printout of it. You need to send both request letter and Form 5A to your respective EPFO for approval. For faster approval process at EPFO you can scan both signed documents and email it to concern EPFO then hard copy send by post.


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