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What are the Different Types of SSL Certificate Validations?

Article Number: KB 1698

Product: Value Added Services

Audience:eNom Reseller, eNom Central, Bulk Register

Problem

What are the differences between an OV, an EV, and a DV Certificate Validation?

Solution

There are three types of Validation used depending on the type of SSL Certificate that you purchased: Domain Validation, Organization Validation, and Extended Validation. The level and process for validation are listed below:

DV – Domain validation:

  • Domain Control Validation (DCV) Email is sent to Approval Email Address
  • Issue time 1-7 days based on the information submitted.

OV – Organization validation:

  • DCV email is sent out to the Approval Email Address.
  • The certificate issuers will validate the organization through the organizations online presence and/or DUNS (www.dnb.com/) or other online business lookups.
  • They will also require phone call verification with a public number listed for the organization

EV - Extended Validation

  • DCV email is sent out to the Approval Email Address.
  • Confirm the existence of the Company through 3rd party sources.
  • Verify that the request has been made on behalf of the company.
  • If necessary, obtain mutual confirmation of the request between the Certificate Authority and the requesting party.
  • They will also require phone call verification with a public number listed for the organization.
  • Typically a contract that will be sent at the end of the validation process to the requesting party. The contract must be signed by an authorized person.
  • Background Checks Performed:
    • A customer wishing to obtain an EV SSL Certificate must own and control the domain name that will utilize the EV SSL Certificate.
    • The Certification Authority must verify that the individual requesting the certificate is acting as a legitimate agent for the requesting company.
    • A Certificate Authority will check to make sure that the business is legally recognized and that the formal name matches the official Government records.
    • The Certification Authority is required to cross-check the address listed in the certificate application against a qualified government database.
    • The Certificate Authority will confirm that the telephone number listed on the certificate application is the primary telephone number for the requesting organization.

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Last Updated: December, 2015

 

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