Fast & Easy Extended Validation (EV) SSL Approval

Validation Guidelines to Speed Issuance of Extended Validation SSL / EV SSL


Getting an Extended Validation (EV) certificate can be difficult and tedious, but our goal is to make the process as simple and quick as possible. Here are a few suggestions to make the application process easy, to expedite verification and issuance. Why EV?

Required: Extended Validation SSL agreement

The certification authority (CA), e.g. Symantec/GeoTrust/Thawte, will e-mail an Extended Validation SSL Agreement document to you. Your Organizational Contact must sign it and fax or mail it back to the CA.

Verification call

The Organizational Contact should expect a 2-minute phone call (specific questions linked below). A lag can occur here if this contact doesn't understand the importance of taking the call and that it's very short and simple. Per CA/B Forum EV guidelines, the contact must be called at a number from one of the following:
  • Professional opinion letter; or
  • Public telephone directory.

Five Verification Questions

Recommended: Professional opinion letter

Though this is not always necessary, the easiest and FASTEST way to get your certificate issued is to submit an opinion letter from an attorney or CPA practicing in one of two locations:
  • Location of requesting organization's incorporation; or,
  • Any location where the organization has an office.

Alternative: Authentication requirements

If you decide against a professional opinion letter, the following describes authentication: