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CertCentral Services API: Keep the "www" subdomain label when adding a domain to your account

To give you more control over your domain prevalidation workflows, we added a new optional request parameter to the Add domain API endpoint: keep_www. Use this parameter to keep the www. subdomain label when you add a domain using a domain control validation (DCV) method of email, dns-txt-token, or dns-cname-token.

By default, if you are not using file-based DCV, the Add domain endpoint always removes the www. subdomain label from the name value. For example, if you send, DigiCert adds to your account and submits it for validation.

To keep the www and limit the scope of the approval to the www subdomain, set the value of the keep_www request parameter to true:

keep_www example JSON

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CertCentral Services API: New response parameters for Domain info and List domains endpoints

To make it easier for API clients to get the exact date and time domain validation reuse periods expire, we added new response parameters to the Domain info and List domains API endpoints:

  • dcv_approval_datetime: Completion date and time (UTC) of the most recent DCV check for the domain.
  • dcv_expiration_datetime: Expiration date and time (UTC) of the most recent DCV check for the domain.

Note: For domain validation expiration dates, use the new dcv_expiration_datetime response parameter instead of relying on the dcv_expiration.ov and dcv_expiration.ev fields. Since October 1, 2021, the domain validation reuse period is the same for both OV and EV TLS/SSL certificate issuance. The new dcv_expiration_datetime response parameter returns the expiration date for both OV and EV domain validation.

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CertCentral: Bulk domain validation support for DNS TXT and DNS CNAME DCV methods

DigiCert is happy to announce that CertCentral bulk domain validation now supports two more domain control validation (DCV) methods: DNS TXT and DNS CNAME.

Remember, domain validation is only valid for 397 days. To maintain seamless certificate issuance, DigiCert recommends completing DCV before the domain's validation expires.

Don't spend extra time submitting one domain at a time for revalidation. Use our bulk domain revalidation feature to submit 2 to 25 domains at a time for revalidation.

See for yourself

  1. In your CertCentral account, in the left main menu, go to Certificates > Domains.
  2. On the Domains page, select the domains you want to submit for revalidation.
  3. In the Submit domains for revalidation dropdown, select the DCV method you want to use to validate the selected domains.

See Domain prevalidation: Bulk domain revalidation.


Industry changes to file-based DCV (HTTP Practical Demonstration, file auth, file, HTTP token, and HTTP auth)

To comply with new industry standards for the file-based domain control validation (DCV) method, you can only use the file-based DCV to demonstrate control over fully qualified domain names (FQDNs), exactly as named.

To learn more about the industry change, see Domain validation policy changes in 2021.

How does this affect me?

As of November 16, 2021, you must use one of the other supported DCV methods, such as Email, DNS TXT, and CNAME, to:

  • Validate wildcard domains (*
  • To include subdomains in the domain validation when validating the higher-level domain. For example, if you want to cover, when you validate the higher-level domain,
  • Prevalidate entire domains and subdomains.

To learn more about the supported DCV method for DV, OV, and EV certificate requests:


CertCentral: Pending certificate requests and domain prevalidation using file-based DCV

Pending certificate request

If you have a pending certificate request with incomplete file-based DCV checks, you may need to switch DCV methods* or use the file-based DCV method to demonstrate control over every fully qualified domain name, exactly as named, on the request.

*Note: For certificate requests with incomplete file-based DCV checks for wildcard domains, you must use a different DCV method.

To learn more about the supported DCV methods for DV, OV, and EV certificate requests:

Domain prevalidation

If you plan to use the file-based DCV method to prevalidate an entire domain or entire subdomain, you must use a different DCV method.

To learn more about the supported DCV methods for domain prevalidation, see Supported domain control validation (DCV) methods for domain prevalidation.


CertCentral Services API

If you use the CertCentral Services API to order certificates or submit domains for prevalidation using file-based DCV (http-token), this change may affect your API integrations. To learn more, visit File-based domain control validation (http-token).