Renewing an SSL Certificate Instructions

SSL Certificate Renewal Made Easy

Renewing DigiCert SSL certificates is easy; just follow the basic instructions below to renew your certificate. Note that for some server types these steps may vary. See the FAQ section below for more information.

  • STEP 1: Generate a new CSR, if needed. See the FAQ section below for more information.
  • STEP 2: Log into your DigiCert Management Console.
  • STEP 3: On the My Orders tab, next to the certificate you want to renew (and complete the renewal request), click Renew. After you complete the renewal request, DigiCert will perform a quick cross-check verification. If your organization’s information was changed in the CSR, you may need to provide new documentation to verify the changes.

    Note: Certificates can be renewed up to 90 days before expiration. The renew button is not available until 90 days before your certificate expires.

STEP 4: Once approved, the renewed certificate is sent to the certificate contact in an email. You can also download the renewed certificate in your DigiCert Management Console.

STEP 5: On your server, install and configure the new certificate. We recommend that you make sure the new certificate is installed and configured properly before you uninstall your old certificate. This way if there is a problem with your new certificate or if there is a delay in getting your new certificate installed your sites are still secure.

STEP 6: Once the new certificate is correctly installed and you have verified that it is working correctly you can remove your old certificate. It’s a good idea to create a backup of the certificate before you remove it as a precaution. Note that we don’t recommend removing the original system-generated self-signed certificate. This can cause you server to become unstable (especially with Windows servers).


SSL Renewal Instructions by Server Type

The renewal process for some servers is slightly different than the instructions listed above. See the links below for specific instructions by server type.

We also recommend that you use the free DigiCert SSL Utility for Windows which has an easy CSR generator feature.