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20200811 - 1-year valid certificates and renewals

As of September 1st, 2020 it won't be possible anymore to obtain SSL server certificate valid more than 397 days (1 year and 32 days).

Until now the maximum validity period allowed was 825 days (2 years and 3 months). It was enough to renew a certificate 3 months before its expiration date without any loss as the remaining days were reported on the new certificate:

It is not possible anymore. Then how will the renewal be handle from now on?

The renewal period

The renewal period does not change, it will still be possible to renew between 90 days before and 30 days after your certificate expiration.

The expiration notifications will be sent according to the same schedule, starting 90 days before the certificate expiration.

The processing options

For each renewal request you'll be proposed 2 processing options:

  • immediate: your request will be processed immediately. The certificate will be delivered with the maximum validity period possible and will loose its birthday date.
    Example: you request an immediate processing for the renewal of a certificate expiring 90 days later. You might loose up-to 60 days of validity.

  • deferred: your request will be processed about 35 days before the certificate expiration. The delivered certificate will then take account of the birthday date.
    Example: you request a deferred processing of a certificate expiring 90 days later. The processing of your order will begin 55 days later (35 days before the certificate expiration). You'll be delivered a certificate valid 1 year and 30 days.

The renewal discount code

The renewal discount code are automatically applied by the system for any renewal order requested between 90 and 60 days before the certificate expiration.

In order to not penalize our customers even more, we have modified the use period a those discount code. They will now be applied between 90 and 30 days before the certificate expiration.

The other validities

The plan offers are not concerned by those novelties. The authorities deliver certificates with the maximum validity period allowed and the expiration date is recomputed via reissuance.

The automated renewals

For plans: no modification. For the certificates valid 1 year: the default choice wiil be a deferred processing.

You changed your mind?

If you chose a deferred processing you can request an immediate processing by sending an e-mail to marc.hello@tbs-certificates.co.uk and let the audit tea know.

If you chose an immediate processing, you can change your mind as long as the certificate has not been ordered to the certification authority. To do so, send an e-mail to marc.hello@tbs-certificates.co.uk.

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