Improve Conversion Rates and Customer Confidence w/ Green Bar Assurance

Learn more about DigiCert's EV certificates

Extended validation (EV) certificates use the highest level of authentication and were specifically created to boost and maintain customer confidence in ecommerce through a rigorous verification process and specific, EV certificate-only browser cues like the green address bar. EV certificates incorporate some of the highest standards for identity assurance to establish the legitimacy of online entities. DigiCert puts applicant websites through rigorous evaluation procedures and meticulous documentation checks to confirm their authenticity and ownership.

2 Years $234 per year Additional certificates $155 each*
1 Year $295 per year Additional certificates $95 each*
*Additional certificates on the same domain need be added within 90 days of the original order.

Green Means TRUST

Extended Validation Means Trust

When validating a website for an EV certificate, DigiCert complies with a process that is strictly defined by the CA/Browser Forum. In fact, DigiCert is a founding member of the CA/Browser Forum and assisted in developing the extended validation certificate and validation process. This process includes:

  • Verifying the legal, physical, and operational existence of the entity
  • Verifying that the identity of the entity matches official records
  • Verifying that the entity has exclusive right to use the domain specified
  • Verifying that the entity has properly authorized the issuance of the certificate

As part of this process, one of our validation specialists contacts the requesting organization to confirm that they requested the certificate and that the applicant is authorized to receive the certificate on behalf of the organization. By maintaining this human element in the validation process, it is very likely that fraudulent or phishing-related activity will be detected.


What Does EV Look Like?

What Extended Validation Looks Like

To let users know that a website has an EV certificate, browsers show more visual cues for sites secured with EV certificates. EV certificates include the following visual benefits:

  • Green in the address bar (green bar or issuance name, see below)
  • Website owner’s company name in the address bar
  • https:// at the beginning of the domain name
  • Padlock in the address bar
  • Organization information in the certificate details

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Cutting-Edge Encryption

The security of your site is our number one priority. DigiCert certificates feature cutting-edge 256-bit encryption to secure your data. They use the most secure encryption available and support both SHA-1 and SHA-2 algorithms. With 2048-bit encryption used in our root certificates, our hybrid cryptosystem benefits from the best features of both symmetric and asymmetric encryption.

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Complimentary Tier 3 Customer Service

When you need a new SSL Certificate, or experience a problem with an existing one, nothing is more frustrating than sitting on hold with customer support while your problems are mounting, only to then be passed onto a tech support rep who might know how to solve your issue. DigiCert’s award-winning technical support team, on the other hand, is available 24/7 to make your life easier. We have Tier 3 support experts standing by to answer your phone call—no waiting on hold or getting passed around and escalated before being allowed to talk to someone who can answer your question. Put us to the test—call the support number at the top of this page with any SSL question you have. Your call will be answered promptly by someone who knows what they are talking about. You owe it to yourself to learn why DigiCert is the only Certificate Authority to have earned a perfect 5-star rating on

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Fast Certificate Issuance

EV certificate issuance often takes days or even weeks with other providers, causing organizations to settle for lower-assurance options. But, with DigiCert’s validation specialists working nearly 24/7, we can typically issue an extended validation SSL Certificate within a few hours. Because of DigiCert, you no longer have to choose between high-assurance and fast issuance.

Free Reissues for the Life of Your Certificate

Many Certificate Authorities only allow free re-issues for 30 days after purchase of an SSL Certificate. DigiCert, however, allows free reissues for the life of your certificate, regardless of reason. Whether your private key was lost or stolen, your organizational information changes, your common name is changing, or you just want to use the certificate on a new domain, you can reissue at any time.

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Extensive Browser Compatibility

Thanks to one of the oldest and most recognized root certificates in the industry, DigiCert SSL Certificates are trusted by virtually all browsers, mail systems, operating systems, and mobile devices. This ubiquity ensures that your visitors are able to securely browse your website regardless of how they are viewing it.

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$1 Million Guarantee

The security of your site is DigiCert’s number one priority. To demonstrate our commitment to your safety, we offer a $1 million warranty on all of our SSL Certificates; if we improperly issue you a certificate we will cover damages suffered by your customers. It also gives your visitors additional assurance that their information and transactions are protected.

Increased Conversions and Visitor Trust

In a recent study, Tech-Ed taught 384 people that companies with EV SSL Certificates on their website go through a more rigorous validation process than those with standard SSL Certificates.* They also taught them that sites secured with EV SSL Certificates could be identified by their green bar. After completing the study, Tech-Ed found the following:

100% of participants would prefer doing business with a company that has an EV SSL Certificate

67% of participants would not buy from an unfamiliar website that didn't have an EV SSL Certificate

59% of participants would stop doing business with a site if they noticed it lost the green bar temporarily

* Tech-ED white paper on extended validation, October, 2007

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Thought Leader

For over a decade DigiCert has been providing SSL Certificates and SSL management tools for the largest e-commerce sites, government agencies, and technology companies. We pioneered the use of Subject Alternate Names, were a founding member of the CA/Browser Forum, and assisted in the development of Extended Validation certificates. Supporting over 80,000 customers in more than 180 countries, DigiCert secures over two trillion online transactions while providing certificates for half of the Alexa Top Ten websites.

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Need to Secure Multiple Domains with EV?

The EV SSL Certificate is ideal for securing a single domain with the increased security and user confidence that comes with "green bar assurance." However, if you maintain a large number of domains providing EV protection for all of them can get expensive. That's why we created the DigiCert EV Multi-Domain Certificate; a unified communications certificate for multiple domains with all of the benefits of extended validation.

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