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Can I Qualify for an EV Certificate?

Find out if your business can get the industry's premier SSL certificate

Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificates are one of the most desired web security solutions on the planet. Businesses love the idea of putting the green address bar around their website URL, as it is the most universally recognized symbol of trust across the web.

Online shoppers are learning more and more to associate the green address bar with a reputable, established company that has been thoroughly vetted by a third-party web security specialist. They know that green means "go" and they can safely proceed with making purchases on this fully protected & legitimate website. All of this easily says: EV certificates have been proven to increase conversions and provide a true return on your investment (ROI).


The Validation Process

EV certificates, as their name suggests, do require a company to pass a thorough validation process per the Certificate Authority/Browser (CA/B) Forum Guidelines before being issued. After all, these are the most trusted and secure SSL certificates offered on the market that activate all of the browser trust indicators – not just any "Joe Shmo" can qualify for them!

Before you proceed with an EV SSL purchase, take a moment to read the below criteria to make sure you will qualify. In a nutshell, here are a few of the main criteria for qualifying for an EV certificate:

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  • 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,, Dun and Bradstreet, – but other regional telephone directories or industry directories are also acceptable).
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But don't let all of this intimidate you! Again, EV certificates are the most prestigious SSL products available, so Certificate Authorities (CAs) just have to make sure a business is who it says it is before issuing them. If you have a legally registered business, you're well on your way to reaping the benefits an EV certificate brings, validation will be a breeze. And don't forget, we have Validation Specialists on hand to help you every step of the way!

If your company meets the above criteria, then feel free to browse our collection of EV certificates and purchase the option that best fits your company's needs. If you're confused about any of the above criteria, and are unsure if you qualify or not, feel free to open up a Live Chat with a member of our Customer Experience team. They'll happily guide you through the process and determine which certificate would be best for your company.

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Plenty of Other Options Available

Certain that you can't qualify for an EV certificate at this time? No worries! We have plenty of other highly trusted and secure SSL options available that will make your website safe & secure. We would recommend starting with a top-of-the-line Domain Validated (DV) certificate, like the GeoTrust QuickSSL Premium, Comodo SSL or the Thawte SSL123. These certificates only require that you prove domain ownership before being issued.

Always remember, our Customer Experience team is available 24/7/365 via email, Live Chat, or telephone to guide you on your SSL journey. No matter what your question is, we can assist you every step of the way.

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