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CertCentral Services API: Documentation updates

We added a new request parameter to the CertCentral Services API documentation for DV certificate orders: use_auth_key. In accounts with an existing AuthKey, this parameter allows you to choose whether to check your DNS records for an AuthKey request token when you place a DV certificate order.

By default, if an AuthKey exists for your account, you must add an AuthKey request token to your DNS records before ordering a DV certificate. AuthKey request tokens enable immediate certificate issuance, decreasing the time you spend on certificate lifecycle management. However, there may be times you need to verify control over domains using email validation or a DigiCert generated token. In these cases, the use_auth_key parameter allows you to disable the check for an AuthKey request token at the order level, so you can use another method to prove control over the domain. For more information about domain control validation (DCV), see Domain control validation (DCV) methods.

To disable the AuthKey verification method for a DV certificate order, include the use_auth_key parameter in the JSON payload of the request. For example:

use_auth_key sample

The following endpoints support the use_auth_key parameter:

For information about using an AuthKey for immediate DV certificate issuance, see DV certificate immediate issuance.

Note: The use_auth_key parameter is ignored in requests for Encryption Everywhere DV certificates. All requests for Encryption Everywhere DV certificates require an AuthKey request token for DCV. Additionally, OV and EV SSL products do not support the use_auth_key request parameter.


CertCentral: Automatic DCV checks – DCV polling

We are happy to announce we've improved the domain control validation (DCV) process and added automatic checks for DNS TXT, DNS CNAME, and HTTP practical demonstration (FileAuth) DCV methods.

This means, once you've placed the fileauth.txt file on your domain or added the random value to your DNS TXT or DNS CNAME records, you don't need to worry about signing in to CertCentral to run the check yourself. We will run the DCV check automatically. Although, you can still run a manual check, when needed.

DCV polling cadence

After submitting your public SSL/TLS certificate order, submitting a domain for prevalidation, or changing the DCV method for a domain, DCV polling begins immediately and runs for one week.

  • Interval 1—Every minute for the first 15 minutes
  • Interval 2—Every five minutes for an hour
  • Interval 3—Every fifteen minutes for four hours
  • Interval 4—Every hour for a day
  • Interval 5—Every four hours for a week*

*After Interval 5, we stop checking. If you have not placed the fileauth.txt file on your domain or added the random value to your DNS TXT or DNS CNAME records by the end of the first week, you will need to run the check yourself.

For more information about the supported DCV methods: