There are different types of certificates, let's review validation steps for Comodo (Sectigo) OV/EV orders.
"OV" means 'Organization validation'
EV means 'Extended Validation' and is the highest level of validation for SSL certificates.
As long as you're a legitimate business, this process is no problem
As long as you're a legitimate organization this process will go smoothly. Remember, part of the reason this process even exists is to differentiate the legitimate businesses from the pretenders—including scam artists and cyber criminals. So, if you're working for an actual business, then you have nothing to worry about.
In this article you can see how the validation process works in 6 easy steps:
When you place an order at Openprovider, if the company is based in The Netherlands and the domain in the request is a .nl or a new gTLD then our system will perform a pre-validation check to check if all the data provided is correct and therefore validate your order faster. If the company is from another country than The Netherlands the order will be placed directly at Comodo without pre-validation check.
You can find more information about our pre-validation check here.
In SSL panel you can always check the status of your order
The certificate has been requested at the Certificate Authority and they will start with the validation of the order.
The CA checks if the company is registered in the Chamber of Commerce with the details as given in the SSL order. The details submitted in the SSL order must match with the details of the company at the registry.
If the company can't be found in the Chamber of Commerce they will inform you.
*EV Documents (applicable only to EV orders)
For EV orders the person requesting the certificate has to sign a contract with the CA. This is called EV documents (subscriber agreement and EV form). These documents are going to be sent by email so nopaperwork is not needed anymore but in the attachments of this article you can see the documents in case you want to see how they look like.
Sectigo letters can be downloaded here:
Sample Legal Opinion Letter for EV for Accountants.
Sample Legal Opinion Letter for EV for Verifying a Government Organization
Sample Legal Opinion Letter for EV for Private Organization
The CA is going to validate the telephone number of the company using a public source. These are the most common sources that Comodo uses for the validation of the telephone number:
- Chamber of Commerce
- DUNS & Bradstreet (http://www.dnb.com/) for all international companies
- http://telefoonboek.nl/ for companies based in The Netherlands
- http://www.detelefoongids.nl/ for companies based in The Netherlands
- http://pagesdor.be/ for companies based in Belgium
- https://www.pagesjaunes.fr/ for companies based in France
-https://eservice.egov.sc/BizRegistration/WebSearchBusiness.aspx for companies based in Seychellas
- https://usr.minjust.gov.ua/ua/freesearch/ for companies based in Ukraine
This is the last step of the EV validation. By default this validation is done by e-mail, but through our API or SSL panel you can change this to one of the other validation methods. More information about domain validation can be found on this article:
In SSL panel you can easily follow up the status of your certificate and you can also take action to issue the order faster.