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What are Multi-Year SSLs?

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

What are Multi-Year SSL Subscription Plans?

Starting with August 19th, 2020, the maximum duration of publicly-trusted SSL/TLS certificates issued by all Certificate Authorities (CAs) has been set to a maximum of 13 months.

However, in order to make your SSL Management process time-saving and cost-effective, the CAs and SSL Dragon are offering you the 2 Year and 3 Year SSL Subscription Plans.

This means that you can still buy a 2 or 3 year SSL Certificate and continue to benefit from multi-year discounting, while still remaining compliant with the CAB Forum SSL requirements.

How the Multi-Year SSL works?

Due to security reasons, your SSL certificate is initially issued with a maximum 1-year validity.

Prior to the expiration of your certificate, SSL Dragon, on behalf of the CA, we will issue a free replacement certificate for an additional 1-year certificate, according to your Subscription Plan.

You will need to validate & install the replacement SSL:

a. If you have a Domain Validation SSL Certificate, a short verification of your domain name will be required via Email, HTTP, or DNS in order to issue the 1-yr replacement SSL.

b. If you have a Business or Extended SSL Certificate – an additional Business Validation/Extended Validation recheck and callback process will also be required.

You can still reissue your certificate at any time and as many times as you like during your Multi-Year SSL Subscription Plan.

On your SSL Certificate’s page within the SSL Dragon account, you will find all the details regarding your Subscription Plan:

  • Valid From – Shows the date when your SSL was issued and became active
  • Expires – Shows the date when your SSL expires and needs to be reissued (not Renewed).
  • Subscription Starts – The date when the first SSL was issued and the subscription period activated
  • Subscription Ends – The date when the subscription ends and SSL needs to be Renewed (not Reissued)
  • Next Reissue – shows the number of days left of your SSL. The Certificate should be reissued 30-days prior to this date.