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What is an extended validation (EV) SSL certificate?

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September 09, 2019

Extended Validation SSL Certificates (EV SSL) function as the highest class of SSL certificates, activating both the padlock and the legal identity field in most browsers.


Apple browsers (Mojave, iOS) no longer support the visual cue associated with EV SSL certificates, which is the legal identity appearing to the left of the web address.. Chrome will likewise discontinue on September 10, 2019. Firefox will do the same on October 22, 2019. As a result, we recommend considering an alternative type. Contact our sales team for assistance.


Client requirements are as follows:

  • Verify the existence of your business.
  • Verify the ownership of your domain name.
  • Verify your employment status or authority to request the EV SSL certificate within the company.

You may be required to provide official government documentation proving your right to do business. These documents may include one or more of the following:

  • Proof of Domain Ownership
  • Online public directory information
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Certificate of Formation
  • Charter Documents
  • Business License
  • Doing Business As
  • Registration of Trade Name
  • Partnership Papers
  • Fictitious Name Statement
  • Vendor/Reseller/Merchant License
  • Merchant License

How is the EV SSL certificate issued?

An Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificate is structurally similar to other certificates, offering the same level of security. but was designated by a CA specific policy identifier so that EV aware software can recognize a EV secured site. EV certificates are issued by Nexcess according to a specific set of identity validation criteria. Refer to How to purchase an EV standard SSL certificate for more information.


EV SSL Certificate benefits include:

  • Site Seal with EV Upgrade
  • Extended validation
  • Next Generation 2048-bit SSL
  • 256-bit encryption
  • Browser support
  • Mobile support
  • Free replacement
  • US$250,000.00 Warranty

Need an SSL certificate, or have questions? Visit the Nexcess website or contact our sales team between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. eastern time (ET), Monday - Friday.

Jason Dobry
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