Digital Signature: Set of data relating to an electronic
document, whereby a signer is identified (authorship), integrity of a
message is verified, and the author is associated by law to said
Digital certificate: Electronic document that establishes a
direct relationship with an individual’s identity in an electronic
document, by means of their digital signature.
Device: It may be a card or a token. It is
where the digital certificate is saved, and it may be used to generate
the digital signature.
Obtain a Digital Certificate
of full age
a valid identity document
Foreigners: Migratory Identity Document for
Foreigners ("Documento de Identidad
Migratorio para Extranjeros",
Rican identity card -the latest one issued by the Electoral Supreme
should be presented when applying for the certificate.
an individual had more than one identity document, they should present
the one issued the latest by the corresponding authority.
parties cannot have any impediments such as being legally declared as
absent (i.e., when an individual is regarded as missing), or having
interdictions (being legally deprived of civil rights), or being
How can you apply
for a Digital Certificate?
certificates are processed by a registration office, where you must ask
for an appointment, and meet the requirements and present the documents
as indicated by said office. This procedure must be carried out
are valid for four years, and which time users must apply for a new
the device where your certificate is stored - whether a card or a token-
becomes blocked due to wrong use of your PIN, you must request a new one
and pay the corresponding charge. If your device is in optimum condition
your new certificate may be stored there as well, saving you that
• Payment by the client: Clients who go to a registration office may pay
for the total cost of this procedure. Charges are defined in a private
relationship between the client and the entity.
• Payment by another entity: A financial entity may cover
the total cost of a digital certificate for an individual, who may go to
any registration office to have his/her certificate issued. In these
cases, the registration office may not charge anything to the client, but
it should be noted that each registration office may decide which clients
it will serve. Therefore, it is important to go there only with an
How can digital
certificates be used?
a digital certificate allows its owner to authenticate their identity and
to sign electronically, with the digital signature having the same legal
validity as a written signature, digital certificates have many uses:
Authentication in sites: If you have a digital
certificate you will no longer need a password for each site. To easily
and safely log on to bank websites and any other site offering this
service you will only need your certificate.
Using your electronic signature: With your certificate you may
sign electronic documents, thereby avoiding you from having to go
anywhere to sign with your written signature. You may sign legal
documents, certifications, and any other kind of document that previously
required your written signature.
learn more about Law No. 8454 and about digital certificates, please
visit the page of the National
System of Digital Certificates
How are digital
certificates actually signed?
is an example of how to sign a document using a digital certificate.
This process changes depending on the applications used where a user
will be signing.
of Payments Regulations (Spanish)
Rule on Digital Signature (Spanish)