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Extended Validation Certificate Requirements

If you're looking for an SSL Certificate that offers the highest levels of validation along with the visual assurance of the green browser bar, then an Extended Validation SSL Certificate may be right for you - if you meet the EV requirements.

You qualify for an EV SSL Certificate if:

  • You are a government entity
  • Your business is a legal corporation
  • Your business is a general partnership
  • You are a sole proprietor
  • Your organization is an unincorporated association

The requirements for issuing an Extended Validation Certificate were developed by the Certification Authority/Browser Forum, a group of leading Web browser vendors and SSL Certification Authorities (CAs), including Network Solutions®. Please visit their website for complete details.

All CAs must adhere to these EV process guidelines when determining whether an applicant is eligible for an EV SSL Certificate or has met the necessary validation criteria.

An EV SSL Certificate can be issued to entities that meet the following requirements:

Privately-held or Publicly-held Corporations

  1. The privately-held or publicly-held corporation MUST be a legally recognized entity whose existence was created by a filing with (or an act of) the Incorporating Agency in its Jurisdiction of Incorporation (e.g., by issuance of a certificate of incorporation);
  2. The privately-held or publicly-held corporation MUST have designated with the Incorporating Agency a Registered Agent, Registered Office (as required under the laws of the Jurisdiction of Incorporation) or equivalent;
  3. The privately-held or publicly-held corporation MUST NOT be designated on the records of the Incorporating Agency by labels such as "inactive," "invalid," "not current," or the equivalent;
  4. The privately-held or publicly-held corporation's Jurisdiction of Incorporation and/or its Place of Business MUST NOT be in any country where the CA is prohibited from doing business or issuing a certificate by the laws of the CA's jurisdiction; and
  5. The privately-held or publicly-held corporation MUST NOT be listed on any government denial list or prohibited list (e.g., trade embargo) under the laws of the CA's jurisdiction.

Business Entities

  1. The business entity MUST be a legally recognized entity whose formation included the filing of certain forms with the Registration Agency in its Jurisdiction, the issuance or approval by such Registration Agency of a charter, certificate, or license, and whose existence can be verified with that Registration Agency;
  2. The business entity MUST have a verifiable physical existence and business presence;
  3. At least one Principal Individual associated with business entity MUST be identified and validated; Where the business entity represents itself under an assumed name, the CA MUST verify the business entity use of the assumed name pursuant to the requirements of Section 15 herein;
  4. The identified Principal Individual MUST attest to the representations made in the Subscriber Agreement;
  5. The business entity and the identified Principal Individual associated with the business entity MUST NOT be located or residing in any country where the CA is prohibited from doing business or issuing a certificate by the laws of the CA's jurisdiction; and
  6. The business entity and the identified Principal Individual associated with the business entity MUST NOT be listed on any government denial list or prohibited list (e.g., trade embargo) under the laws of the CA's jurisdiction.

Government Entities

  1. The legal existence of the government entity MUST be established by the law of the Jurisdiction of Incorporation;
  2. The government entity MUST NOT be in any country where the CA is prohibited from doing business or issuing a certificate by the laws of the CA's jurisdiction; and
  3. The government entity MUST NOT be listed on any government denial list or prohibited list (e.g., trade embargo) under the laws of the CA's jurisdiction.
  4. At this time, an EV Certificate CANNOT be issued to any person or any organization or entity that does not satisfy the requirements above.