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SANs management with Symantec, Thawte & Geotrust SSL certificates

It is now possible to add a maximum of 249 SANs (in addition to the main CN) to your Symantec , Thawte and Geotrust Multi SSL products. SANs fields can secure:

  • FQDN - Fully Qualified Domain Name

Buying a SAN

Symantec & Thawte: You can request 249 SANs at most per certificate provided that one SAN at least has already been bought via the original request.

IN CLEARER: If you order a certificate with one or several SAN, you will then be able to add other SANs during your certificate's lifetime.
In the contrary, you did not buy any SAN during your certificate request, then you won't be able to make your certificate evolve.

EDIT 2018: from mid-June 2018 this restriction will disappear. It won't be required to purchase a SAN during the certificate order to enable SANs addition.

SANs format

Symantec, Thawte and Geotrust certificates can handle several format of SANs.

  • 'Classical' additional SANs: they can secure domains, sub-domains, FQDN...

  • additional wildcard SANs: comme leur nom l'indique, ils sécurisent des SANs au format wildcard : * et permettent de sécuriser un nombre infini de sous-domaines (sur un même niveau de sous-domaine)

Which products are concerned?

The information is displayed on the order form of the selected product. If the product can handle SANs, you'll know which kind of SANs. To resume:

  • For 'classical' additionnal SANs: All server products are concerned except for wildcard ones
  • For wildcard additionnal SANs: All server products are concerned except for wildcard and EV ones

Adding / editing SANs via reissuance

To add a SAN, go on your certificate's status page, request a reissuance and indicate the SANs you want to secure (within the limit of 249 SANs per certificate in addition to the main CN). You will then be billed for those new SANs purchase.

About the SANs edition, several cases can be encountered.

The SANs' reissuance is free insofar as the edition does not impact the domain, therefore if the edition only occurs from the third level of your FQDN. If not, the SAN will be billed for a new audit of the domain will have to be done.

Example :


Here lvl4 and lvl3 could be edited for free. In the contrary, the domain or its extension modification would be billed.