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What are the differences between DV, OV and EV certificates?

There are three main types of SSL Certificates, which differ in the vetting and authentication process required to obtain an SSL Certificate. The Certificate Authority (CA) verifies personal and organizational details before issuing a certificate. The time required to issue a Certificate may vary depending on the validation process.

DV (Domain Validation)

Domain validation is a primary level of the verification process in which the Certificate Authority verifies an applicant's right to use a domain name.
No company information is verified and displayed in the certificate properties and secure site seal. Validation is done automatically via email or DNS and the certificate is issued within minutes.

OV (Organization Validation)

Organization validation is a verification process performed by a CA that not only verifies domain ownership, but also verifies business information.
When a customer clicks on a site seal or certificate properties, additional and verified information is displayed.
This increases customer confidence and assures them that the site is verified.

EV (Extended Validation)

The Certificate Authority verifies domain rights as well as thorough verification of business information.
The entire validation process follows the standardized EV guidelines mentioned by the CA/Browser Forum.

The validation process includes the following steps:

Verification of business identity with official government records.
Confirmation of the legal, physical, and operational identity of a business.
Domain rights verification.
Telephone verification and final verification call.

SSL/TLS Certificates provide the same level of encryption and security regardless of the level of validation.
However, the more rigorous the validation process, the more confidence the certificate provides to your site visitors.
OV and EV certificates display the company name in the certificate properties and security seal, proving that the site is not fake or cloned and belongs to a verified organization.

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Updated on: 02/11/2023

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