Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificates were designed explicitly to assert the maximum amount of identity. Using one adds a layer of assurance. When internet users arrive at a website they see the name of the organization running the website displayed prominently next to their browser’s address bar.

In the world of SSL/TLS, Extended Validation SSL certificates are the gold standard, or maybe we can call it the "green" standard. This complete SSL solution not only encrypts your website, safely protecting user information from prying eyes, but it also comes with a variety of extra premium features that have proven to boost trust & clearly demonstrate that you are, in fact, someone safe to do business with. The main way EV certs do this is by way of what we call the green address bar! Granted, the only thing green about the EV address bar nowadays is the font. But the name just kind of stuck.

Not just anyone can obtain an EV SSL certificate, which activates this globally trusted & recognized green bar (especially no malicious or fake site). Before issuing your EV SSL certificate, your Certificate Authority (CA) has to first complete a thorough validation process to verify & ensure that you're actually a legitimate business. 

How do I get an EV SSL?

If you are a registered business in your state or with your local government, obtaining an EV certificate is a breeze! Once you complete your EV SSL purchase, you'll be guided through the validation process where the CA will simply need to verify a few things about your business. The best way to expedite this process is to make sure you use the CORRECT spelling of your company name. Make sure to include your corporate identifiers such as, LLC or Inc. exactly as it was when you registered your business, commas and everything! Also, make sure to list your main phone number, and that it could be found in most public databases. If you can do that, you'll be well on your way. 

Business Registration – your company must be officially registered with your government.

Operational Existence – the Certificate Authority (CA) will look to verify that your organization has existed for more than 3 years. If your organization has not been in existence for more than 3 years, additional proof of operational status will be required, such as:

  • Dun & Bradstreet listing
  • Professional/Legal Option Letter (POL)
  • Or a simple Bank confirmation letter

Address Authentication – the registered organization must have a verifiable physical address and business presence in their respective country/state.

Telephone Verification – the Certificate Authority (CA) must pull an active telephone number from an acceptable telephone directory in order to complete a verification call with the company (The most popular directories include YellowPages, Hoovers, Scoot.co.uk, Dun and Bradstreet, BBB.org – but other regional telephone directories or industry directories are also acceptable).

EV Green Bar

Learn more about and shop for EV SSL Certificates here. 

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