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The end of 2 and 3 year SSL certificates

SSL Certificates Restricted to One Year

On September 1, 2020, the certificate authority (CA) industry stopped issuing 2 year SSL certificates.

The new maximum validity for Domain Validation (DV), Organization Validation (OV), and Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificates is 398 days (approximately 13 months).

All Certificate Authorities must comply with this new limit and are no longer offering certificates for more than 1 year.

Why Can I Buy Multiple Year Certificates?

Although SSL can only be valid for one year, we now offer a ‘subscription’ service allowing you to purchase SSL coverage for two or more years at a discounted rate.

When first validating your SSL certificate, it will be valid for just one year in compliance with the industry standard. You may, however, re-issue your SSL certificate at any time to extend the expiration date as far as possible (within the 1-year restriction).

You will need to re-issue and re-install the certificate at least once per year to extend the expiration date further until you have used all of the time purchased.

When Can I Renew My Certificate?

Along with the shortened time period allowed on SSL certificates, the early renewal period has also changed. Previously, you could renew your SSL up to 90 days prior to expiration. The new early renewal period starts within 30 days (one month) of the certificate’s expiration. You may renew your SSL up to 30 days early to benefit from the renewal time rollover provided by the CA.


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