Digital Certificate

In application of the law n ° 2013-546 of July 30th, 2013 relative to the digital transactions and the decree of application N ° 2014-106 of March 12th, 2014 fixing the conditions of establishment and conservation of the writing and the signature in digital form, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Côte d'Ivoire (ARTCI) proceeded to the Approval of DKB Solutions as Provider of digital Certification Services (PECS).

BENEFITSof the Digital Signature

Benefits, Prerequisites, Trusted third party, objectives, Use, Users, timestamp

Packages and Standards Prices

To be able to use our digital signature solution, we need to know beforehand if the company wishing to use this service has a platform to sign documents online. If this platform is existing then we should just integrate our signature API to sign the documents online and the cost of integration is estimated around CFA Francs 1,500,000 . In addition, if we need to develop a platform dedicated to the company then we will have to identify all your needs before we can establish the cost of development of the platform. We also have our own digital signature platform dedicated to companies whose use requires the purchase of a user license. So once you have opted for one of the 3 proposed solutions we will submit to you the fee schedule of digital signatures whose cost of signing varies according to the volume of digital signatures desired for the year..



450F cfa/Signature
per year
  • 1000 to 10 000 Signatures
  • Elecronic Certificate (Not free)
  • API integration (Not free)
  • Storage (Not free)


300F cfa/Signature
per year
  • 10 001 to 50 000 Signatures
  • Digital Certificate (Not free)
  • API integration (Not free)
  • Storage (Not free)


205F cfa/Signature
per year
  • 50 001 to 100 000 Signatures
  • Digital Certificate (Free)
  • API integration (Free)
  • Storage 2GB
  • Maintenance (Lower cost)


150F cfa/Signature
per year
  • + 100 000 Signatures
  • Digital Certificate (Free)
  • API integration (Free)
  • Storage 5GB
  • Maintenance (Free)

PS: For any signature volume less than 1000, it will be billed at 550F cfa/ signature. Also we remain open to any negotiations with you to discuss discounts if any. Thanks

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The digital signature is for a digital document, what the handwritten signature is for a paper document. Like a paper signature, a digital signature is only intended to demonstrate to a third party that the document has been approved by an identified person. It is a reliable engagement mechanism using cryptographic techniques.
Yes. Today, writing in digital form is admitted as evidence in the same way as writing in paper form, provided that the person from whom it emanates can be duly identified and that it is established and kept in conditions of a nature to guarantee its integrity. The legislation (and in particular Article 1316 of the Civil Code) defines the digital signature as "the use of a reliable identification process guaranteeing its link with the act to which it attaches".
Digital signature mainly offers :
1. The ability to sign a document without printing (paper saving);
2. The ability to send a reliable document by email (saving stamp);
3. The ability to sign a document without meeting (reduced travel);
4. The ability to keep the document in digital format (simplification and removal of paper archiving);
Digital signature differs from the written signature cause it can be visual or not and corresponds to a number or a series of numbers. Indeed, the signature operation applies to a file and produces a binary information commonly called digital or cryptographic signature. This will not only be linked to this file but also linked to the person who made the act of signing. That said, a number of software including Adobe Reader automatically check each signature at the opening of the document and display a visual validation message, which still allows to materialize the digital signature.
Whatever the format, it is very easy to modify the contents of a digital file to its advantage without leaving a trace and without knowing who has changed. The downside, it is impossible to affix a reliable identity on a digital document and this simply without a specific tool. We must therefore call on cryptology, which is, etymologically, the "science of secrecy". It includes cryptography - secret writing - and cryptanalysis - the analysis of the latter. Digital signature and all electronic evidence management mechanisms are based entirely on this science.
You can sign all types of files without exception (word files, PDF, jpg, XML, etc.). That said, a good practice is to use the widely used PDF format, which offers good document stability and allows you to embed multiple electronic signatures..
No ! Contrary to popular belief, a signature operation has no number or does not encrypt the content of the document. It does not change either. The document remains legible in clear by your usual software.
For a doucment, the digital signature guarantees :
1. Signatory dentity ;
2. non-repudiation by the signatory of the signed document ;
3. Integrity of signed document, this means the document can't be edited;
To electronically sign a digital document, you need : • The document ; • An online signature software or service ; • A verified digital identity or digital certificate.
The production of a cryptographic-type digital signature requires the use of what is commonly known as a "digital certificate". This digital certificate can be likened to a digital identity card that can attest to the identity of a person with certainty. It allows to sign digital documents with the guarantee that the identity of the signatory is recognized without any ambiguity or dispute. Specifically, it is an electronic file containing some personal information (surname, first name, etc.) as well as a private key for performing cryptographic signature operations. It can materialize either as a simple software file, or as a hardware device (smart card, SIM card, cryptographic USB key, token), or in a dematerialized way (Cloud).
Digital certificate is issued by a Certification Authority, whose role is to verify the identity and to make the link between the private key of signature and the identity of the signatory. The issuance of a signing certificate requires a number of identity verification operations: • at least the sending of photocopies of identity documents for the most flexible procedures; • Physical removal of the applicant from the Certification Authority and face-to-face identity verification for the most advanced certification policies. During this step, the applicant presents his identity papers against the certificate.
To sign a document, you will usually need to do a number of steps: • display the document to be signed; • click on a "sign" button; • select the certificate or insert it into your computer if it is a USB key; • enter a PIN code; • validate;
No. For the reasons mentioned above this signature has no guarantee in terms of identity of the signatory and makes it very easy identity theft. A scanned handwritten signature can very easily be reproduced identically via a good image editing software. In court, digitizing a signature amounts to copying it: in terms of proof, it is at best equivalent to a beginning of proof in writing.
There is no real official distinction between the two. Nevertheless, the term used and used in the legislation is the term "digital signature". The term "digital signature" is generally used to define the technical principle of the signature (also referred to as "cryptographic signature") and not the act of affixing document consent by an identified person.
While the digital signature consists of putting a name on a digital document, the timestamp is to affix to a file a reliable date in the form of a timestamp token. A time stamp token guarantees: • the existence of a file at a given date; • that it has not been modified to the nearest bit since that date (principle of integrity). as digital signature, the timestamp guarantees the integrity of the document. It is strongly recommended to associate a timestamp with each digital signature.