ToolBox -

The CA/Browser Forum dictates what kinds of entities are eligible to obtain EV Certificates. The following entities are eligible provided they are currently registered with and approved by an official registration agency in their jurisdiction. The resulting charter, certificate, license or equivalent must be verifiable through that registration agency.

  • Government agencies
  • Corporations
  • General partnerships
  • Unincorporated associations
  • Sole proprietorships

The employment and authority of the person placing the certificate order must be verifiable. These business entities need to have a confirmable physical existence and business presence. Any assumed business names should be verifiable. A principal individual associated with the business must be validated and that person must confirm agreement to the certificate subscriber agreement. The entity cannot be located in a country where VeriSign is prohibited from doing business or listed on any government prohibited list such an embargo restriction.

In addition to the requirements described above, a legal opinion letter may be required to confirm that the requestor has the authority to obtain SSL Certificate(s) on behalf of the company. The legal opinion letter also may be used to confirm the organization registration, organization address, telephone number, domain ownership, and the organization’s business status. The physical address may, alternatively, be confirmed by a physical site visit. Once confirmed, the requestor may be able to purchase additional SSL Certificates based on the original letter. If a legal opinion letter cannot be obtained, our Certification Practice Statement outlines alternate authentication and verification processes.