Order a RapidSSL Standard DV Certificate

Industry standards change: End of 2-year public SSL/TLS certificates

On August 27, 2020, 6:00 PM MDT (August 28 00:00 UTC), DigiCert stopped issuing public DV, OV, and EV SSL/TLS certificates with a maximum validity greater than 397 days. For more information about this change, see End of 2-year DV, OV, and EV public SSL/TLS certificates.

To maximize your SSL/TLS coverage, purchase your new certificates with a DigiCert® Multi-year Plan. For more information about these plans, see Multi-year Plans.

Before you begin

After submitting your order, you need to complete domain validation for the domain on the order (demonstrate control over the domain) before we can issue your certificate. See Domain Control Validation (DCV) Methods.

Order your RapidSSL Standard DV certificate

  1. Create a Certificate Signing Request (CSR)
    To remain secure, certificates must use at least a 2048-bit key size. For information about creating a CSR, see Create a CSR (Certificate Signing Request).

  2. Select the DV Certificate you want to order

    1. In your CertCentral account, in the left main menu, click Request a Certificate and then under All Products, click Product Summary.
    2. On the Request a Certificate page, select DV Certificates.
    3. On the DV Certificates tab, select RapidSSL Standard DV. Then click Order Now.
  3. Add Your CSR
    We take the common name included in your CSR and add it to the Common Name field.

    On the Request RapidSSL Standard DV Certificate page, in the Certificate Details section, use one of the options below to add your CSR.

    1. Click to upload a CSR
      Click the link to upload your CSR file to the Add Your CSR box.
    2. Paste CSR
      Use a text editor to open your CSR file. Then, copy the text, including the -----BEGIN NEW CERTIFICATE REQUEST----- and -----END NEW CERTIFICATE REQUEST----- tags and paste it into the Add Your CSR box.
  4. Common Name
    When you add the CSR to the order form, we take the common name included in the CSR and add it to the Common Name box.

    To add or change the common name, manually enter the domain you want this DV certificate to secure.

  5. Include both [your-domain].com and www. [your-domain].com in the certificate

    To secure both [your-domain] and www.[your-domain] in your certificate for free:

    To only secure the version of the domain entered in the Common Name box, uncheck Include both [your-domain].com and www. [your-domain].com in the certificate.

  1. How long do you need to protect your site?

    1. Click Select a coverage length.
    2. In the How long do you need to protect your site window, select your coverage.
      1. With a 1-year plan, you get a 1-year certificate by default.
      2. With 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6-year plans, your first certificate has a 397-day validity by default.
      3. For more information about these plans, see Multi-year Plans.
    3. Click Save.
    4. To modify your SSL/TLS certificate coverage, under Plan details, click the pencil.
  1. Certificate Validity

    Select the validity period for the first SSL/TLS certificate in your order: 1 year, Custom expiration date, or Custom length.

    • For a certificate with a shorter validity than the order, you need to reissue your certificate to use the remaining validity on the order.
    • Certificate validity determines the length of the first certificate issued for the plan. If needed, you can change the validity period each time you reissue your certificate.

Industry standards dictate that the maximum validity period for all public SSL/TLS certificates is 397 days (approximately 13 months).

  1. Advanced Certificate Options

    SHA-256 is the only hash algorithm available for DV certificates.

  1. Select a DCV Method to prove control over your domain

    Before DigiCert can issue your DV certificate, you must demonstrate control over the domain in your certificate order. To learn more about the available DCV Methods, see Domain Control Validation (DCV) Methods.

    In the DCV verification method drop-down list, choose the DCV method you want to use to demonstrate control over the domain on the certificate order.

    • DNS TXT (recommended)
      The DNS TXT DCV method allows you to demonstrate control over the domain on your order by creating a DNS TXT record containing a randomly generated value.
    • Email
      The Email DCV method allows an email recipient to demonstrate control over the domain by following the instructions in a confirmation email sent for the domain.
    • File
      The File DCV method allows you to demonstrate control over your domain by hosting a fileauth.txt file containing a randomly generated value at a predetermined location on your website.

After submitting your certificate order, you can change the DCV method from the certificate's Order # details page. In the left main menu, go to Certificates > Orders. On the Orders page, in the Order # column of the DV certificate order, click the order number link.

  1. Select the Language for the DCV Email

    In the DCV Email Language drop-down list, select the language in which you want your DCV authentication email to be sent.

    Note that this drop-down list only appears when you select Email as your DCV method.

  1. Add a Technical Contact
    Adding a technical contact is optional.

    However, we recommend adding a person we can contact if problems arise with the certificate order process.

    1. In the Order Details section, under Contacts, in the Technical Contact box, click the Add Contact link.
    2. In the Add Contact window, provide the contact’s information (first and last name, job title, phone, and email). Then click Submit.
  1. Notes and Certificate Renewal Message

    Adding notes and a certificate renewal message is optional.

    1. Expand Notes / Renewal Message.
    2. Comments to Administrator
      Add a note to the order that only an Administrator can see (e.g., why the certificate is needed).
    3. Order Specific Renewal Message
      Create an order-specific renewal message.

Comments and renewal messages are not included in the certificate.

  1. Select Payment Method
    Under Payment Information, select a payment method to pay for the certificate:

    1. Pay with Contract Terms
      Have a contract and want to use it to pay for the certificate? If you do, you may use it.
      Note: When you have a contract, it is the default payment method.
    2. Pay with Credit Card
      Don’t have a contract or don’t want to use the contract to pay for this certificate? Use a credit card to pay for the certificate.
    3. Pay with Account Balance
      Don’t have a contract or don’t want to use the contract to pay for this certificate? Bill the cost to your account balance.
      To deposit funds, click the Deposit link.

The Deposit link takes you to another page inside your CertCentral account. Any information entered in the request form will not be saved.

  1. Certificate Service Agreement

    Read through the agreement and check I agree to the Certificate Services Agreement.

  1. When you are finished entering your DV order information, click Submit Certificate Request.

What's next

Before we issue your certificate, the domain validation for the domains on the order (demonstrate control over the domain) must be completed. See Demonstrate control over domains on your SSL certificate order.