How to Apply for an Extended Validation SSL Certificate

The Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificate request process consists of three main steps:

Purchasing certificate
Submitting certificate request and required documentation
Installing issued certificate

Follow the instructions below to purchase and request an EV SSL certificate for your Web site.

  1. Go to the Secure Certificates product page and purchase a one- or two-year EV SSL Certificate.
  2. When you have completed your purchase, log in to your account and go select Manage Secure Certificates.
  3. Click Set up Certificate.
  4. If you have available credits for more than one certificate type, select EV SSL as the desired certificate type.
  5. Select the applicable certificate request.

    Note: If your domain is hosted with your certificate reseller, then the reseller will generate and submit your Certificate Signing Request (CSR) to the certification authority (CA) and install the signed certificate on your site once issued. If you are hosting elsewhere you must perform those tasks yourself.

  6. Click Activate Account.
  7. If you already have a certificate-management account, log in to it. If not, you must create one.
  8. Under Use Certificate Credits, check the EV SSL option.
  9. Indicate where the certificate will be hosted (i.e., on a shared account with your certificate reseller, on dedicated hosting account, or with a third-party hosting provider).
  10. Enter requested information regarding your organization.

    Required information includes:
    • Requesting organization's name and address,
    • Requesting organization's jurisdiction of incorporation,
    • Requesting organization's registration number
    • Name and contact information for requesting organization's appointed Certificate Requestor, Certificate Approver and Contract Signer.
  11. If hosting on a dedicated server or with a third-party hosting provider:
    • Use your Web server software to generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR). CSR-instructions are available on the certificate-management Web site.
    • Copy and paste the generated CSR into the CSR field on the certificate-request page; then select your Web server software from the drop-down list.
  12. Verify your information and submit certificate request.
  13. Submit all required documentation.
    Depending on the requesting corporation, a combination of the following documents must be submitted:
    • Required by all:
      Signed Certificate Request. Signed by Certificate Requestor, Certificate Approver.
    • Required depending on length of time in business and control of the domain listed in certificate request:
      Legal Opinion or Accountant Letter
    • Required for first certificate requested by a given organization, as well as any subsequent change of authorized signer:
      Subscriber Agreement
    The Registration Authority (RA) will inform you of the specific documentation you must submit.

While processing is under way you can monitor the progress of your certificate request via the certificate-management area.

If all necessary documentation is submitted, the CA is usually able to complete the authentication process and issue a signed certificate within 2-4 hours of the request.